Engines of Creation

by Joe Satriani

(2000) Epic

Personnel Joe Satriani, Eric Caudieux
Description A new CD from the man. Need I say more.
Posted By Mike Welder (295)
Directory Recordings: Rock/Pop
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Overall Rating: 3.7 (of 5)
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Member Reviews

On 8/8/2001, Tony Cook (2424) posted:
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As everyone has stated, this disc is a pretty big departure for Joe. I appreciate the fact that he would take a chance and try something different. Still, the whole electronica/whateverica thing has never really appealed to me. I also think the compositions are a little on the weak side. Joe isn't the fastest, most technically proficient player out there, but his compostional skills are far better than most rock-guitar instrumentalists. This CD just doesn't have that many tunes that jump out at me. There are some high points on the album, but overall, I'd rate it near the bottom of his catalog.
On 6/21/2001, Philip Wallace (1071) posted:
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This is Satriani's most daring album to date in every aspect. He used drum machines and recorded all the guitar parts direct. It's very techno and I think anyone interested in guitar or techno music would like it; however I wish he had placed greater emphasis on the guitar and not the drum beats.Although the track "Untill We Say Goodbye" is classic satriani.
On 8/21/2000, Werner De Saedeleer (50) posted:
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Again, Satch surprises us with a magnificient album full of strange beautiful music yet totally different from his other albums. Maybe it can be best compared to the "flying with the alien" album. No limits, full exploration of new sounds, cosmic, daring but stunningly beautiful.

It is a constant search of Satriani to explore new "nuances" in his instrumental rock music. He has made albums that are bluesy (Joe Satriani), rocking (The extremist), daring and inovating (Surfing with the alien). This album incorporates a lot of the beat music techniques and drums but incorporated in a instrumental rock sound. This implies that there might be a bit more "shredding" on the album, but the melody is still the main refrence and Satch never gets lost in endless "fret wailing" or usless long solos.

Once again this omnipotent artist has enriched the gallery of great albums with a marvellous guitar album of which we can all enjoy.
On 3/22/2000, Anthony Bnot-Norad (446) posted:
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EOC takes the Crystal Planet vibe one step further. And yes, HE HAS GONE TECHNO! But think about the way music has evolved nowadays. Ne one can cut an EP with just a computer and a few MIDI chips. Instead, we see the result when a TRUE musician takes it that route. Notice also that Stu Hamm and Jeff Capitelli are not included in the CD, so you could sorta look at the album as if it were a side project that he wanted to share with us.
On 3/21/2000, Mark Pommett (176) posted:
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well, it takes a few times to get used to it. Its so different from what u would expect from the maestro. U cant deny thought the fact that he is a very creative guitar player. "Borg Sex" will make u wnat to rip off yopur clothes and start head banging. If u like Jeff Becks new album u will probaly enjoy this one.
On 3/19/2000, Al Olson Jr. (278) posted:
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I was greatly disappointed in Joe's new album. It should have been called Engines of techno! Granted everyone is entitled to musically expand their horizons but, This album is pure crap, All computerized techno beats and rhythems with very little tastefull guitar playing. I think that satch fans are in for a shock when they here this. If you are expecting the norm from Joe on this one, BEWARE! I could be wrong but thats my opinion.
On 3/19/2000, Mike Welder (295) posted:
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A hard to describe works of music. You have to hear it for yourself. It contains a few shreds but mostly its more instrumental. With some loops thrown in, it brings out his talent and genius without overpowering it.