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Album Review

Engine Down's third studio album, Demure, finds the group making quite a departure from previous albums, as they explore the moodier inner-workings of oneself. This departure finds the band with a heightened sense of emotional release, and although musically there isn't anything remarkably impressive or astonishing, the band has found a solid base of poppy indie rock melodies to focus their attention on. Demure's largest achievement comes in the form of singer Keeley Davis, whose nondescript vocal approach captures the sullen melancholy to drive each song forward. Restricting themselves from overly energetic riffage or technical achievements, Engine Down find great strength in cutting back on their musical exploration. "Detour" stands out as being the most compelling song on Demure; with Davis' wailing vocals and repetitive guitars, it recalls Aerosmith's "Dream On," an unexpected comparison. Sounding similar to groups such as Radiohead or the Ghost, Demure is an album that may turn many off with its lack of motivation. Those who give it more than one listen may find a band that has more depth and understanding of passion then any peers on the indie scene. ~ Jason D. Taylor, Rovi

Customer Reviews

One of my favorite albums ever.

I got this cd when it first came out and never stopped listening to it...the cd is fantastic from start to finish. a brilliant and beautiful record. i highly recommend this cd to anyone.

Buy this one too.

One of the great things about Engine Down is that they grew with each record. They had a distinct sound with each, but never put out the same record twice. Each one progressed. This one found them really exploring some of the darker textures, and sprawling melodys they had flirted with in the past, while still holding true to the drum, and bass combination that defined earlier work. One of my few complaints with this album lie not in the songwriting, or performance aspect, but production/engineering. Producer/Engineer Brian McTernan really stressed guitar driven production, but in doing this Jason Woods' bass playing is REALLY low in the mix. Which is sad, because having seen all of these songs performed live, the bass adds a lot. It seems almost like an after thought on the album The quality of songwriting though outweighs the lack of bass in the mix. Some stand outs include Songbird, and Second of Febuary.


Formed: 1996 in Harrisonburg, VA

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '90s, '00s

"Groove-oriented emprise brushed with shades of Drive Like Jehu and grounded in a rocking emo sensibility" begins to characterize Engine Down's musical demeanor. The quartet met in Harrisonburg, VA, before embarking on an eastward migration to the Virginia capital of Richmond. Comprised of former members of Sleepytime Trio, the Weak Link Breaks, and Bughummer, Engine Down debuted at the showing of a murder mystery flick. They first released a self-titled 7" through Lovitt in 1998; their full-length...
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