After several indie releases, roots rock artist Langhorne Slim decided to take the major-label plunge, inking a deal with V2 in 2006. But instead of kicking things off with a full-length, Slim's first-ever V2 list was a four-song EP, Engine. And with this quartet of songs, you get a pretty good overview of the styles that Slim specializes in -- lazy Americana ("English Tea"), folkie tunes ("Restless" and "Sweet Olive Tree"), and Pixies-like freak-outs ("Honey Pie" is quite comparable to the Pixies' "Nimrod's Son"). A worthwhile sampler, it will be interesting to see what Slim does on his full-length V2 debut (Slim obviously feels the same way, as evidenced by the note "P.S. Whole new album coming early 2007" on the back of Engine).
AllMusic Review by Greg Prato