Engines of Creation (album)

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Engines of Creation
Studio album by Joe Satriani
Released March 14, 2000 (2000-03-14)
Recorded 1999
Studio Chateau FAF in Los Angeles; Avatar Studios in New York City
Genre Instrumental rock, electronica, techno
Length 53:27
Label Epic
Producer Joe Satriani, Eric Caudieux, Kevin Shirley
Joe Satriani chronology
Crystal Planet
Engines of Creation
Additional Creations
Singles from Engines of Creation
  1. "Until We Say Goodbye"
    Released: 2000[1]

Engines of Creation is the eighth studio album by guitarist Joe Satriani, released on March 14, 2000 through Epic Records.[2] The album reached No. 90 on the U.S. Billboard 200[3] and remained on that chart for three weeks,[4] as well as reaching the top 100 in three other countries.[5] "Until We Say Goodbye" was released as a single and received a nomination for Best Rock Instrumental Performance at the 2001 Grammy Awards;[6] this being Satriani's tenth such nomination.

Release and tour[edit]

Mixing for Engines of Creation took place in June–July 1999[7] and the title was revealed on December 13.[8] A limited edition EP, Additional Creations, was released free of charge alongside the album in some stores.[2][9] Worldwide touring began in the U.S in April–May 2000, followed by Europe in June–July, Central and South America in August, and concluding in the U.S. in December.[10]

Style and composition[edit]

In a unique and notable departure from Satriani's usual style, Engines of Creation mainly features experimentation with electronic and techno music[11][12] rather than the straightforward instrumental rock heard on his previous albums; Satriani has described the album as "completely techno."[13] With the exception of "Until We Say Goodbye", all tracks were made using guitars recorded and mixed non-traditionally on computer platforms, as well as being digitally manipulated using synthesizers and computer software.

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3/5 stars[11]

Steve Huey at AllMusic gave Engines of Creation three stars out of five, calling it "the biggest stylistic shift [Satriani has] made yet" and "a brave and sporadically successful experiment". He suggested that longtime fans of Satriani's regular material may be disappointed, as well as those who dislike electronic sounds in guitar-based music, but praised Satriani for challenging himself to "find ways of coaxing totally new sounds from his guitar", and that "his melodies and main themes have rarely been this angular and off-kilter, meaning that exploring this music has indeed helped Satriani refresh and re-imagine his signature sound."[11]

Track listing[edit]

All music composed by Joe Satriani.

No. Title Length
1. "Devil's Slide" 5:10
2. "Flavor Crystal 7" 4:26
3. "Borg Sex" 5:27
4. "Until We Say Goodbye" 4:31
5. "Attack" 4:22
6. "Champagne?" 6:04
7. "Clouds Race Across the Sky" 6:14
8. "The Power Cosmic 2000-Part I" 2:09
9. "The Power Cosmic 2000-Part II" 4:23
10. "Slow and Easy" 4:44
11. "Engines of Creation" 5:57
Total length: 53:27


Chart performance[edit]

Year Chart Position
2000 Billboard Top Internet Albums 12[3]
French albums chart 37[5]
Swiss albums chart 86[5]
Dutch albums chart 79[5]
Billboard 200 90[3]


Region Certification Certified units/Sales
United States (RIAA)[14] 111,851[15]


Event Title Award Result
2001 Grammys "Until We Say Goodbye" Best Rock Instrumental Performance Nominated[6]


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  3. ^ a b c "Engines of Creation - Joe Satriani | Awards". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved 2014-03-18.
  4. ^ "Joe Satriani - Chart History". Billboard. Retrieved 2014-03-18.
  5. ^ a b c d "Joe Satriani - Engines Of Creation (album)". finnishcharts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved 2014-02-18.
  6. ^ a b "43rd Grammy Awards - 2001". Rock On The Net. Retrieved 2014-03-18.
  7. ^ Satriani, Joe (1999-06-24). "News". satriani.com. Retrieved 2014-03-22.
  8. ^ Satriani, Joe (1999-12-13). "News". satriani.com. Retrieved 2014-03-22.
  9. ^ "Additional Creations". satriani.com. Retrieved 2014-03-18.
  10. ^ "engines of creation 2000". satriani.com. Retrieved 2014-03-24.
  11. ^ a b c Huey, Steve. "Engines of Creation - Joe Satriani". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved 2014-03-18.
  12. ^ "Fire up your Engines: Joe Satriani, The Master of Creation". guitar.com. 2000. Retrieved 2014-03-19.
  13. ^ AskMen Editors (2002). "Interview: Joe Satriani". AskMen. Retrieved 2014-03-18.
  14. ^ "American album certifications – Joe Satriani – Engines of Creation". Recording Industry Association of America.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH
  15. ^ "Sludge Scans For August 2001". www.metalsludge.tv. Archived from the original on December 12, 2013. Retrieved 2014-08-08. 

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