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All Music Guide - Kathleen C. Fennessy
King Me is an auspicious introduction to Visqueen, a Seattle trio consisting of Rachel Flotard, Ben Hooker, and Kim Warnick. The band actually recorded two versions of the album, both with Barrett Jones Nirvana, the Foo Fighters. In the tradition of Bob Dylan's Blood on the Tracks, the Modern Lovers' self-titled debut, and Lucinda Williams' Sweet Old World, they scrapped the first and started all over again. Somewhere along the way, they had smoothed over the rough edges, and the results sounded nothing like their live shows. So they went back to the studio and banged out these ten catchy blasts of energetic punk-pop in three and a half hours. A few small tweaks ...
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All Music Guide - Kathleen C. Fennessy
King Me is an auspicious introduction to Visqueen, a Seattle trio consisting of Rachel Flotard, Ben Hooker, and Kim Warnick. The band actually recorded two versions of the album, both with Barrett Jones Nirvana, the Foo Fighters. In the tradition of Bob Dylan's Blood on the Tracks, the Modern Lovers' self-titled debut, and Lucinda Williams' Sweet Old World, they scrapped the first and started all over again. Somewhere along the way, they had smoothed over the rough edges, and the results sounded nothing like their live shows. So they went back to the studio and banged out these ten catchy blasts of energetic punk-pop in three and a half hours. A few small tweaks here and there and a short 27 minutes yet potent debut was born. King Me blends British punk, new wave, power pop, and glam rock into a tasty concoction that brings to mind a cross between X-Ray Spex and Cheap Trick, with a little mod-era Who on the side the "so sad" chorus of "Lovely Guilty" brings to mind "So Sad About Us," and Hooker is even pictured wearing a Tommy T-shirt in the CD booklet. Each member contributes more than a fair share to King Me's success -- Hooker on drums, Warnick on bass, and Flotard on guitar -- but the latter's strong, clear vocals are the band's secret weapon, a seductive cross between Robin Zander, Robert Pollard, and Kim Deal.
Rolling Stone - David Fricke
King Me is royal fun, a high-speed, sugar 'n' steel picnic from start... to finish.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/25/2003
  • Label: Local 638 Records
  • UPC: 783707669427
  • Catalog Number: 2

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Vaxxine (2:22)
  2. 2 Sailor (2:39)
  3. 3 Last to Know (2:41)
  4. 4 My House (1:58)
  5. 5 Zirconium Gun (2:49)
  6. 6 Mrs. Elder (2:28)
  7. 7 Red Blood Blue (2:38)
  8. 8 Buried Alive (3:21)
  9. 9 Omaha (2:46)
  10. 10 Lovely Guilty (3:17)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Visqueen Primary Artist
Kim Warnick Group Member
Ben Hooker Group Member
Rachel Flotard Group Member
Technical Credits
Leonard Bernstein Composer
Skip Spence Composer
John Wetton Composer
Ed Brooks Mastering
Geoffrey Downes Composer
Barrett Jones Producer, Engineer, Mastering
Aaron-Carl Composer
Visqueen Arranger, Producer
Ben Hooker Mastering
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Power Pop For The Masses!

    VISQUEEN's KING ME is a power pop classic. It's 30 minutes of fun, fuzz, and frolic. The guitar sound is classic rock, the bass is up front and personnal, and the drums clear a path. The songs are original and smart - the harmony vocals throughout are impressive. But basically KING ME rocks from beginning to end in a melodic, heavy way.

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