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Rachel Flotard and Ben Hooker return kicking, five years after the Seattle trio's sophomore effort Sunset on Dateland. The half-decade disappearance has had no deleterious effect on their big, heavy, melodic attack, despite the loss of northwest punk pioneer bassist Kim Warnick to retirement. The punky crunch of Sunset and 2003's hot King Me may have dissipated a soupçon without Warnick's tough punk-chick chops, but with Nirvana/Foo Fighters and King Me producer Barrett Jones manning the position -- and returning as engineer/co-producer -- Visqueen's wild wallop remains hard 'n' tight. Perhaps their sound just tips closer to Cheap Trick now than Warnick's Fastbacks, though fellow ex-Fastback Kurt Bloch mixed this. ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide
Rachel Flotard and Ben Hooker return kicking, five years after the Seattle trio's sophomore effort Sunset on Dateland. The half-decade disappearance has had no deleterious effect on their big, heavy, melodic attack, despite the loss of northwest punk pioneer bassist Kim Warnick to retirement. The punky crunch of Sunset and 2003's hot King Me may have dissipated a soupçon without Warnick's tough punk-chick chops, but with Nirvana/Foo Fighters and King Me producer Barrett Jones manning the position -- and returning as engineer/co-producer -- Visqueen's wild wallop remains hard 'n' tight. Perhaps their sound just tips closer to Cheap Trick now than Warnick's Fastbacks, though fellow ex-Fastback Kurt Bloch mixed this. Scattered piano, organ, horns, pedal steel, cello, etc. add superb new depth and color, too. And though there are copious guest stars such as Neko Case on five songs; Flotard has similarly backed the New Pornographers, and Case, for years and the Long Winters' John Roderick; the high-energy, uptempo, elastic blast of Visqueen is Flotard's stock in trade, with her kick-ass licks augmented by new second guitarist Tom Cummings, her commanding thick pipes and compassionate lyrics, and Hooker's slam-banging. Man, it's great to have them back. ~ Jack Rabid, The Big Takeover
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/15/2009
  • Label: Local 638 Records
  • UPC: 884501194198
  • Catalog Number: 1
  • Sales rank: 358,572

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Hand Me Down (3:21)
  2. 2 The Capitol (4:26)
  3. 3 Summer Snow (3:04)
  4. 4 Fight for Love (3:32)
  5. 5 Beautiful Amnesia (3:35)
  6. 6 So Long (3:59)
  7. 7 Ward (3:38)
  8. 8 Janitor's Waltz (3:15)
  9. 9 Forgive Me (3:11)
  10. 10 Tall Grass (3:30)
  11. 11 Jimmy vs. James (2:54)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Visqueen Primary Artist
Tom Cummings Guitar, Choir, Chorus
Neko Case Background Vocals
Barrett Jones Bass, Guitar, Background Vocals, Noise
Jason Parker Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Jon Rauhouse Banjo, Pedal Steel Guitar
John Roderick Choir, Chorus
Ben Hooker Drums, Choir, Chorus
Rachel Flotard Guitar, Tambourine, Vocals
Peter Hilgendorf Choir, Chorus
Ty Bailie Piano, Keyboards, Hammond Organ, Wurlitzer, Hammond B3
Austin Sousa Choir, Chorus
Cristina Bautista Background Vocals
Christina Bautista Bass, Background Vocals
Barb Hunter Cello
Bill Coury Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Kurt Bloch Mastering
Barrett Jones Producer, Engineer
Visqueen Composer, Producer
Rachel Flotard Composer, Producer
Austin Sousa Engineer
Ryan Berkley Illustrations
Lucy Berkley Illustrations
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