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).
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AllMusic Review by Greg Prato