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Engines Of Creation


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  • Audio CD (Nov. 8 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sony Music Canada Inc.
  • ASIN: B00004RD24
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (139 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #42,536 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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2. Flavor Crystal
3. Borg Sex
4. Until We Say Goodbye
5. Attack
6. Champagne?
7. Clouds Race Across The Sky
8. The Powder Cosmic 2000-Part I
9. The Powder Cosmic 2000-Part II
10. Slow And Easy
11. 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

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3.6 out of 5 stars

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By A Customer on March 9 2003
Format: Audio CD
I have been a Satch fan since 1988; have bought every album on its release date. Have never before been compelled to write a review of a Joe Satriani album, but am presently listening to Engines... and feel it incumbent upon myself to pen these words.
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.
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By Ian on Dec 30 2002
Format: Audio CD
At first i though i wouldnt quite enjoy this one. But ive always trusted Joe to bring me awesome music without even hearing any of the songs, so i bought this one. Boy was my instinct wrong. I bought this cd at a point in my life where i realized that almost all musical syles (except corperate mainstream) have something to them, even if i have to listen very carefully. My favorite thing about this album is it has absolutly no songs with those cheesy predictable too up beat characteristics that are present on at least one song of almost all of Joes albums. The material is extremely dense, dark, and mystical. i give Joe lots of respect for exploring other areas of his brain this time, yielding awesome results. my personal favorites are "borg sex", "until we say goodbye", "clouds race across the sky", and "slow and easy". pretty much every song is worth listening to, and they REALLY create an intense mood and atmosphere. The tones he gets on his guitar drive me nuts, if i had one wish it would be to sit down with this man and grill him on how the hell he gets those incredible sounds. To all you Satriani fans and even techno fans (i dont know any techno fans, but im sure they would get a kick out of this one) this disc is really worth checking out, by the end of track 3 youll be wondering what planet your on.
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This recording has been out a while, and it still seems that there is a 50/50 split of opinion on it's merrit or lack of. While it's not his typical "Ice9" crunch (which I love!) song after song, It's just an exploration on new ideas he never tried before. I for one don't want to only hear "Ice9" type songs, I want to hear WHAT HE IS FEELING, WHAT HE IS SEEING in the here and now. I think he made a moving and powerful statement with EOC. I can't dismiss those here who hate EOC because it has synth drums or "techno" sounds. I can't stand hip-hop or rap, and I won't even try to give those types of music a chance. (exception:Kid Rock) I have grown to appreciate this recording more and more as time has passed, and the same is true for ALL of Joes works. Some of the sounds he made here are technological, and I welcome them. Some of the songs make me drive too fast and weave throgh traffic, some make me close my eyes (at home!) and go deep into trance, submersing my whole self in the colors that unfold. My only complaint would be that he cut's the trancy transitions off too short. The polyfonic "fusion" break in the title track could have gone a few bars further for me. I look forward to going to more of Joe's unique places. I hope contrary pressure from some fans don't persuade him to be less creative.
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I didn't think I'd like this album, as most electronica stuff immediately turns me off. I LOVED this album though. Satch executes beautifully, pulling off a believable combination of his guitar wizardry and an unfamiliar genre. Each track still manages to rock -- a true Satch fan/listener finds himself immersed in the music, forgetting the artificiality and loving the atmosphere. Satch's dark, blistering tone blends well with the his surrounding technosphere, particularly in the remakes of his Power Cosmic, where a ridiculously technical and simultaneously soulful arpeggiated line seems to bounce off the electronic surroundings, each instrument and synth complementing the other. The energy of the up-tempo track hides a rather powerfully moving progression underneath -- here, Satch's keen sense of harmony brings out an almost narrative quality to the song that one might not expect from an album of this nature. Satch uses tasteful timbral manipulation to create a surprisingly emotional and beautiful soundscape throughout. A brave step into a very different genre, pulled off with a mastery that only Satch could execute.
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An idea that has been tried unsuccessfully for nearly two decades - combining jazz with techno. It would seem to work on paper, particularly for solo virtuosos like Satriani, who could make a magnificient song with nothing but a guitar and a metronome. "Engines of Creation" is his trial at this fusion, or perhaps his first experimental forays into it. Sometimes, it succeeds, as with "Devil's Slide," "Until We Say Goodbye" and the whimsically-titled "Borg Sex."
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.
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