Engine of a Million Plots

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Engine of a Million Plots
Studio album by Five Iron Frenzy
Released November 26, 2013 (2013-11-26)
Genre Christian ska, ska, Christian alternative rock, alternative rock
Length 41:11
Label Independent
Five Iron Frenzy chronology
The End Is Near
Engine of a Million Plots

Engine of a Million Plots is the sixth studio album by Christian ska band Five Iron Frenzy, which released on November 26, 2013, and it was brought about by a Kickstarter campaign to create an independent album. The album has earned critical acclamation from music critics.

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
CCM Magazine 4/5 stars[1]
HM 4.5/5 stars[2]
Indie Vision Music 4/5 stars[3]
Jesus Freak Hideout 4/5 stars[4]
4/5 stars[5]
Jesus Wired 4.8/5[6]
Louder Than the Music 4.5/5 stars[7]
Patheos 4.5/5 stars[8]

Engine of a Million Plots garnered critical acclaim by music critics. At HM, Rob Houston affirmed it as being "such a great fresh breath of air."[2] Lee Brown of Indie Vision Music called the album a "strong [...] offering".[3] Andy Argyrakis of CCM Magazine and proclaimed that the "results find the horn-heavy troupe recharging and raring to rock, reclaiming its witty songwriting muse and proving there's still a place for these ska scene shapers a generation down the line."[1] At Jesus Freak Hideout, Michael Weaver evoked how the album gives evidence about how the band has changed over the last decade, yet this was not to be construed as being a bad omen for the album, which he wrote was "just not as good musically and lyrically as some past efforts [...] it is destined to be loved regardless."[4] Timothy Estabrooks felt that the band "still got it" with respect to this release.[5] Jono Davies at Louder Than the Music wrote that listeners are loving the new music from the band because the material is of excellent caliber, which has one song after another containing "raw energy".[7] At Patheos' blog Geek Goes Rogue, Zach Lorton said that the album features darkness in many aspect throughout the album, which was quite fun.[8] Ben Knight of Jesus Wired wrote that the album was "cohesive" and noted it features a "more mature" sound that does not go overboard.[6]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "Against a Sea of Troubles"   3:26
2. "So Far"   3:27
3. "Zen & the Art of Xenophobia"   3:14
4. "We Own the Skies"   2:44
5. "Someone Else's Problem"   3:16
6. "I Am Jack's Smirking Revenge"   3:05
7. "To Start a Fire"   3:55
8. "Battle Dancing Unicorns with Glitter"   3:43
9. "Into Your Veins"   3:02
10. "It Was a Dark & Stormy Night"   3:24
11. "I've Seen the Sun"   3:02
12. "Blizzards & Bygones"   4:53
Total length:


  1. ^ a b Argyrakis, Andy (January 1, 2014). "Five Iron Frenzy: Engine of a Million Plots (Dept. of Biophysics)" (PDF). CCM Magazine. Salem Publishing. p. 43. ISSN 1524-7848. Retrieved January 1, 2014. 
  2. ^ a b Houston, Rob (November 6, 2013). "Five Iron Frenzy – Engine of a Million Plots". HM. Retrieved November 23, 2013. 
  3. ^ a b Brown, Lee (November 22, 2013). "Lee Brown – Engine of a Million Plots | Reviews". Indie Vision Music. Retrieved November 23, 2013. 
  4. ^ a b Weaver, Michael (November 24, 2013). "Five Iron Frenzy, "Engine of a Million Plots" Review". Jesus Freak Hideout. Retrieved November 26, 2013. 
  5. ^ a b Estabrooks, Timothy (November 24, 2013). "Five Iron Frenzy, "Engine of a Million Plots" Review: Second Staff Opinion". Jesus Freak Hideout. Retrieved November 26, 2013. 
  6. ^ a b Knight, Ben (December 13, 2013). "Album Review: Five Iron Frenzy – Engine Of A Million Plots". Jesus Wired. Retrieved February 21, 2014. 
  7. ^ a b Davies, Jono (November 29, 2013). "Reviews - Five Iron Frenzy – Engine Of A Million Plots". Louder Than the Music. Retrieved November 30, 2013. 
  8. ^ a b Lorton, Zach (November 27, 2013). "GGR Music Review: Five Iron Frenzy – "Engine of a Million Plots"". Geek Goes Rogue. Patheos. Retrieved November 30, 2013.