Message for the Mess Age

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All Music Guide - Lindsay Planer
This title became the final studio effort from NRBQ to include Al Anderson guitar/vocals, marking the conclusion of their 23-year association. The split was ultimately amicable, with Anderson effectively retiring from both the band as well as touring, preferring to mine his considerable songwriting talents in Nashville, TN. Message for the Mess Age includes a baker's dozen of originals -- many of which quickly became performance standards -- all epitomizing NRBQ's uncanny brand of omni-pop. It is fitting that both the Whole Wheat Horns -- featuring Donn Adams trombone and Gary Windo tenor sax -- as well as Johnny Spampinato, Anderson's replacement and brother of ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Lindsay Planer
This title became the final studio effort from NRBQ to include Al Anderson guitar/vocals, marking the conclusion of their 23-year association. The split was ultimately amicable, with Anderson effectively retiring from both the band as well as touring, preferring to mine his considerable songwriting talents in Nashville, TN. Message for the Mess Age includes a baker's dozen of originals -- many of which quickly became performance standards -- all epitomizing NRBQ's uncanny brand of omni-pop. It is fitting that both the Whole Wheat Horns -- featuring Donn Adams trombone and Gary Windo tenor sax -- as well as Johnny Spampinato, Anderson's replacement and brother of co-founding member Joey Spampinato, are included in the proceedings. However, his contributions to this release are decidedly un-stringed, as he fleshes out the horn section performing on trumpet during the Terry Adams- keyboards/vocals penned bit of dadaism titled "Spampinato." Each of the highly individualistic writing styles that have become synonymous with the band are explored. Terry Adams' straight-ahead, driving rock, which is often enhanced with interesting key changes and a somewhat quirky chorus, is heard on tracks such as "Over Your Head," "Girl Scout Cookies," and the atonal jazz fusion-influenced "Everybody's Smokin'." Joey Spampinato's beautifully constructed melodies -- which are at times reminiscent of Paul McCartney or Brian Wilson -- can be found on "Don't Bite the Head" and the mid-tempo ballad "Ramona." The latter track even pays homage to the Fab Four with the lyric "Just love me do/Don't love me not." Equally strong -- if not arguably stronger -- are the compositions by Anderson. His upbeat love songs, "A Little Bit of Bad" and "Nothin' Wrong With Me," definitely lean into the cosmopolitan country music that would consume his post-NRBQ activities.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 12/5/2006
  • Label: Wounded Bird Records
  • UPC: 664140142725
  • Catalog Number: 1427
  • Sales rank: 120,859

Album Credits

Performance Credits
NRBQ Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Primary Artist
Al Anderson Guitar, Vocals
Gary Windo Tenor Saxophone
Terry Adams Piano, Celeste, Keyboards, Vocals
Don Allen Percussion
Tom Ardolino Percussion, Drums
Joey Spampinato Bass, Guitar, Vocals
Johnny Spampinato Trumpet
Donn Adams Trombone
Don Adams Trombone
Technical Credits
Chris Anderson Engineer
Terry Adams Producer
Chris Andersen Engineer
George Cowan Engineer
Bill Inglot Mastering
Todd Levine Engineer
Tom Mark Engineer
Joey Spampinato Producer
Tod Vas Engineer, Contributor
Geoff Gans Artwork, Art Direction
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