Engine [Bonus Tracks]

by: American Music Club

AMC's sophomore release marks a significant advancement over The Restless Stranger, and offers more than a few of the band's definitive moments. Much of the credit due goes to producer Tom Mallon, who arranges the record with an intuitive grasp of the anatomical make-up of Mark Eitzel's burgeoning songcraft; the rest of the credit belongs to Eitzel himself, who offers up some of his first truly great compositions. Chief among them is "Outside This Bar," a chilling portrait of the hermetically sealed comforts of the drinking life. [Engine was reissued in 1998 with three bonus tracks.] ~ Jason Ankeny

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