13 Engines switched labels for their 1993 sophomore release Perpetual Motion Machine and frontman John Critchley handled production duties.
The result is a record that, while perhaps a bit cleaner sonically than their debut, finds the band still creating a glorious racket. They do stretch some creatively, though. They open with "Bred in the Bone," a slow burner that gathers momentum and is a bit darker in mood than their previous material. The hypnotic "Home" is another song that builds from a somber opening to a layered-guitar crescendo. Perpetual Motion Machine is full of tasteful dynamic shifts in songs like "Unconscience," "Smoke & Ashes," and the stellar "What If We Don't Get What We Want," with bassist Jim Hughes taking a turn at lead vocals on a track that begins as dreamy pop before closing in a sonic fury. With Perpetual Motion Machine, 13 Engines easily builds on their impressive debut with another fantastic effort.
|Breed in the Bone / John Critchley / Mike Robbins||13 Engines||4:22|
|Saviour / John Critchley||13 Engines||2:58|
|More / John Critchley / Mike Robbins||13 Engines||4:20|
|Unconscience / John Critchley||13 Engines||2:57|
|The Golden Age / John Critchley / Mike Robbins||13 Engines||5:40|
|Smoke & Ashes / John Critchley / Mike Robbins||13 Engines||2:30|
|What If We Don't Get What We Want? / Jim Hughes||13 Engines||3:44|
|Perpetual Motion Machine||13 Engines||3:15|
|Moment of Clarity||13 Engines||2:44|
|Dirty Little Rat||13 Engines||2:58|
|The Estrangement||13 Engines||2:59|
|Going Under||13 Engines||3:33|
|Lift You Up||13 Engines||3:14|