Engine Down's third studio album, Demure, finds the group making quite a departure from previous albums, as they explore the moodier inner-workings of oneself. This departure finds the band with a heightened sense of emotional release, and although musically there isn't anything remarkably impressive or astonishing, the band has found a solid base of poppy indie rock melodies to focus their attention on. Demure's largest achievement comes in the form of singer Keeley Davis, whose nondescript vocal approach captures the sullen melancholy to drive each song forward. Restricting themselves from overly energetic riffage or technical achievements, Engine Down find great strength in cutting back on their musical exploration. "Detour" stands out as being the most compelling song on Demure; with Davis' wailing vocals and repetitive guitars, it recalls Aerosmith's "Dream On," an unexpected comparison. Sounding similar to groups such as Radiohead or the Ghost, Demure is an album that may turn many off with its lack of motivation. Those who give it more than one listen may find a band that has more depth and understanding of passion then any peers on the indie scene.
AllMusic Review by Jason D. Taylor