Engines Of Creation
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A little cynicism is to be expected when a veteran guitar virtuoso jumps on the electronica bandwagon. But Joe Satriani, who takes that route with Engines of Creation, remains head and shoulders above most guitar gods through sheer good taste. Most of Engines is very good, and Satriani deserves credit at the very least for daring and inventiveness. However, its appeal will likely be largely limited to Satriani fans; it's difficult to imagine hardcore electronica heads getting down to this sort of thing, although the final two tracks consist of great chill music. Satriani makes effective use of the flexibility inherent in the genre's repetitiveness: often, he just lets the backing tracks play and solos over them, coming up with some truly otherworldly sonic exploration. --Genevieve Williams
Top Customer Reviews
Plenty of naysayers have made some rather odious remarks about this album. Don't believe them. This album flat out smokes. It is one of the man's finest achievements. Not only is he shredding as incredibly as ever, but the melodies are incomparably accessible and soaring. The song structures are "pop" and "schizo" at the same time. Satch is crafting soundscapes, evoking atmospheres, conjuring grooves, and boldly going where no other "shred" guitarist would dare.
If you don't dig techno-type music, well... fair enough. But don't deny that this album ranks alongside the man's best works. If you are concerned that the backing instruments on this album are electronic and not wielded by real live humans, then you are missing the point of music entirely. My deepest sympathies to you all.
Continually, however, it becomes evident that something is missing - this music is merely a pleasant replacement for something that once demanded awe and respect. There are hints at brilliance, such as the excellently executed transition from fast-paced electro to a chill hip-hop interlude midway through "Attack." But equally often, there are moments of astonishing banality - an element that should not be a part of the work of one of America's greatest guitar luminaries.
I can't help but think, however, that the weak link here is the amateurish techno programming. Joe's guitar is as strong as ever, but the entire effort would have been much more satisfying if he had chosen to collaborate with Autechre or DJ Shadow - i.e. someone who remotely approaches his level of accomplishment at their respective instrument. Until Satriani finds such a thing, his techno fusion will probably never be as transcendent as his past work.
Most recent customer reviews
What if Jimi Hendrix made a techno album? He would burn his beatbox on stage. What if Steve Vai attempted techno? He would have his grammy taken away. Read morePublished on Feb. 12 2004 by Andy Reddings
This album seperates itself from all of Satch's albums, but is still satch. The tecno sound and computerized sound may make you forget it's a guitar album, but Joe still packs his... Read morePublished on Jan. 3 2004 by Jared Presley
Joe changed some ingredients of his famous recipe here. He added some electronic stuff, electronic loops and drums probably under a Prodigy fascination. Read morePublished on Dec 1 2003 by Jazzcat
It's the best instrumental music I have ever listened.
i like the all album
its realy amazing
Each album that Joe puts out is something different than anything he's done before. Whereas most artists that break away from their own style usually sound worse, Joe is always an... Read morePublished on July 11 2003 by geetarfreak
This is an awesome CD. The first 4 songs along make it worth the purchase. The great thing about Satriani is that he sounds the same in concert as on the CD. Read morePublished on June 16 2003 by C. D Smith
Okay, he may not be up there with the Paul Oakenfold production, but it was quite an impressive foray into another musical genre. Read morePublished on May 10 2003 by Omar Khayyam
I bought this the day it was released almost three years ago, and I am still listening to it very regularly. Satch CD's are a healthy addiction. Read morePublished on Jan. 25 2003