|Three Fact Fader|
|Studio album by Engineers|
|Released||6 July 2009|
|Recorded||Surrey, Wales, and Rainford, 2007–2008|
|Genre||Post-rock, dream pop, shoegazing, indie rock|
|Producer||Ken Thomas and Engineers|
|Drowned in Sound||(8/10)|
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All tracks written by Engineers.
|1.||"Clean Coloured Wire"||5:12|
|2.||"Sometimes I Realise"||3:43|
|4.||"Helped by Science"||4:22|
|5.||"Brighter As We Fall"||6:05|
|6.||"Hang Your Head"||4:38|
|7.||"Crawl from the Wreckage"||4:53|
|8.||"Three Fact Fader"||4:02|
|9.||"Song for Andy"||3:41|
|11.||"The Fear Has Gone"||3:49|
|12.||"Be What You Are"||2:44|
|13.||"What Pushed Us Together"||3:23|
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