Econoline Crush – The Devil You Know

Econoline Crush - The Devil You KnowThis sophomore effort from the Canadian band that brought us the nicely harmonized electronic rock anthem “All That You Are” is awash in much the same style of production and instrumentation. However, this isn’t a bad thing – I rather like the Econoline Crush style, actually. The album gets a fast-paced start with two of its better tunes, “Surefire” and “Sparkle And Shine”. From there, we’re treated to a couple of uptempo ballads, more near-headbanging material, and – for some reason I can’t fathom – a slightly mellower remix of the song that put the band on the map (“All That You Are x 3”). I’m not sure why the latter is there, unless they wanted to make darn sure that fans of the first album picked this one up. Or perhaps they wanted to ensure sales by including that song in some form on the new album as well as the old, as chances are pretty good that most music buyers would be rating: 3 out of 4looking for a familiar title.

I like Econoline Crush, but I can see where they’d be an acquired taste for some. If you like the idea of an intriguing collision of lots of fast power chords – just this side of speed metal – and electronica, you’ll probably like this one.

Order this CD

  1. Surefire (3:35)
  2. Sparkle and Shine (3:42)
  3. Deeper (3:17)
  4. Hollowman (3:32)
  5. Home (3:11)
  6. The Devil You Know (4:27)
  7. All That You Are x 3 (3:41)
  8. Burnt (4:05)
  9. Haven’t Gone Away (3:46)
  10. Elegant (3:39)
  11. Razorblades and Bandaides (5:43)

Released by: EMI Canada
Release date: 1997
Total running time: 44:17