THE SEPARATION - Retire Your Engines

The Separation - Retire Your Engines

10 songs
33:53 minutes
***** ***


Although already a year and a half old at the time of me writing this review, Retire Your Engines, the debut album by British rock band The Separation, still deserves to be scrutinised. Coming two years after a first EP, this ten song album gives a pretty good image of what modern rock music is supposed to sound like in this new millennium. Recorded by people whose credits includes popular British bands like Enter Shikari and Architects, The Separation play this kind of post emo punk rock that leans heavily towards accessibility, unafraid of giving their otherwise hectic sound nice melodies that should allow the songs to be played on more progressive leaning radio stations.

The five minute long opener Black Wire is a great start into this record, which then is followed by mostly shorter songs, especially towards the end, which finally leaves us with a thirty-four minute long effort that could well have come with a couple more tracks to bolster up its running time. While Retire Your Engines may be too short an experience, it’s especially the high and melodic vocals that remind of Mike Patton in Faith No More that give the song that certain something.

The band is best when they aim for catchiness, as on The Distance Between Us with its sparking chorus, but the remaining material is also fit to please a preponderant young audience. Retire Your Engines is a true-bred product of its era, but the five young musicians are adept enough to elevate their music above the general average. I wouldn’t be surprised if we’d hear more from this promising act in the future.

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