Engineers

  • Record Label: Echo
  • Release Date: Jun 21, 2005
User Score
8.6

Universal acclaim- based on 15 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 15
  2. Negative: 0 out of 15

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  1. MackB
    Aug 9, 2005
    9
    A very confident debut that is also quite unique, but this certainly isn't what the next Coldplay album "should have been". Coldplay excells at writing grandiose pop-rock, not dream-scape shoegazer rock. Most of the songs seem to be more focused on a mood or chord progression, which makes for less distinction between individual tracks - at least upon the first listen. They are best A very confident debut that is also quite unique, but this certainly isn't what the next Coldplay album "should have been". Coldplay excells at writing grandiose pop-rock, not dream-scape shoegazer rock. Most of the songs seem to be more focused on a mood or chord progression, which makes for less distinction between individual tracks - at least upon the first listen. They are best compared to the Beta Band, Doves, and the Flaming Lips. Great album. Expand
  2. asik
    Jun 28, 2005
    9
    if you want to relax after a hard day work ,this is the one
  3. GregK
    Jul 10, 2005
    10
    The aural equivalent of a day alone on a windwept beach. Stunningly beautiful.
  4. JacekK
    Jul 17, 2005
    6
    Nice but all songs resemble each other too much. Gets boring quickly. I give it 6.5. Anyone agree?
  5. RichM
    Jun 21, 2005
    10
    Engineers make dreamy music pitched between Doves and Air. Wonderful.
  6. SayedS
    Jul 18, 2005
    9
    Bliss....
  7. ChrisT
    Aug 15, 2005
    10
    Great Album, I actually listened to the whole album while on a beach. Maybe that was able to swing my vote but I have to say that I was very impressed with this new band. Props.
  8. MindwreckInc
    Aug 21, 2005
    10
    Not only did i hear the music on this album, I saw it. I want more.....Absolute perfection.
  9. matta
    Sep 9, 2005
    6
    Okay but this score is way too high. I put it just barely above Coldplay on my list for albums of the year. NIce to listen to but gets boring at times and the tendency to skip to the next track is often an overpowering urge that I cannot resist. Worth checking out though, like Doves-lite.
  10. AdamN
    Jul 26, 2005
    8
    It's downright Floydian, tapping into kind of an ethereal spaciousness. This album sounds like what taking a valium or soma feels like; it has such a relaxed beauty about it. Maybe not everyday music for me, but you'd be missing out if you didn't give it a listen.
  11. GeorgeM
    Aug 18, 2005
    4
    If shoegazing is the new black/brit-pop taken form in this debut effort by Engineers, it is a trend that will find little traction outside its native UK. Technically competent but dated, same-y and forgettable is the best evaluation I can conjure for this album.
  12. MacM
    Aug 22, 2005
    9
    Sustains a mood of quiet euphia throughout. Definitely not for rocking out to. I find myself going back to this disc frequently and the goosebumps still come. Bliss indeed.

Awards & Rankings

Metascore
81

Universal acclaim - based on 18 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 18
  2. Negative: 0 out of 18
  1. An early frontrunner for the UK album of the year.
  2. Engineers here prove capable both of emotive songwriting and of virtuoso studio craft.... Yet it falls shorts of true brilliance, for the simple reason that the band steadfastly refuse to rock-out.
  3. An incredibly warm and organic sounding debut.