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Contemplating the Engine Room


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On former Minutemen and Firehose bassist Mike Watt's second "solo" outing (he's joined by guitarist Nil Cline and drummer Stephen Hedges), the idea of a punk-rock opera (his words) or concept album (critic's term) doesn't seem so outrageous. Paying homage to his dad's life on the San Pedro, California, waterfront and to the late D. Boon, the now quasi-mythic Minutemen singer-guitarist, Watt covers as much musical ground as he does personal history. Solid tracks such as "Black Gang Coffee" and "The Blue Jackets Manual" are fine nods to the playful punk punch of the Minutemen, and chiming guitars with a sea-shanty feel permeate "In the Engine Room." A churning psychedelic energy drives "Liberty Calls," while "Breaking the Choke Hold" serves as a contemplative and sad farewell. A pleasant, intimate listening experience, all told. --Lorry Fleming

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. In The Engine Room
  2. Red Bluff
  3. The Bluejackets' Manual
  4. Pedro Bound!
  5. The Boilerman
  6. Black Gang Coffee
  7. Topsiders
  8. No One Says Old Man (To The Old Man)
  9. Fireman Hurley
  10. Liberty Calls!
  11. In The Bunk Room/Navy Wife
  12. Crossing The Equator
  13. Breaking The Choke Hold
  14. Wrapped Around The Screw
  15. Shore Duty
  16. Non-Audio Content

Product details

  • Audio CD (October 7, 1997)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Enhanced
  • Label: Columbia
  • ASIN: B000002BY8
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars 11 customer reviews
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #265,877 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
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