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Save Me
     

Save Me

by Pat McGee Band
 

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This jam-happy quintet cut their teeth on the same Virginia hardwood as the Dave Matthews Band, but they've taken something of a different path on their way to the mainstream. McGee and company have generally spoken quietly and carried big spliffs, but Save Me finds the band making their most serious foray into electric music

Overview

This jam-happy quintet cut their teeth on the same Virginia hardwood as the Dave Matthews Band, but they've taken something of a different path on their way to the mainstream. McGee and company have generally spoken quietly and carried big spliffs, but Save Me finds the band making their most serious foray into electric music -- and pumping up the volume has done good things for their sound. On "Beautiful Ways," for instance, McGee takes one of his typically infectious melodies and, in essence, super-sizes it, lending a U2-styled tone. "Wonderful" follows a more circuitous route, using guitar washes to add hints of color rather than to outline the song, which gets its octane from McGee's fluid tenor and the subtle hand percussion of Chardy McEwan. Bassist John Small takes the reins on the summery "Annabel," a loping love paean that'd go nicely on Workingman's Dead. The "plugged-in" tenor of Save Me isn't so in-your-face that it'll come as a shock to longtime fans, but the new dimension should open up McGee's universe to plenty of new visitors.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - James Christopher Monger
Working in the same FM realm as Train, Goo Goo Dolls, and Counting Crows, the Pat McGee Band utilize a capable blend of wistful romanticism and mid-tempo balladry to weave a web of sound that rarely offends. Their fifth release, Save Me, finds the Virginia natives expounding on their simplistic notions of love and love lost, resulting in a recording that breaks little new ground but achieves its overall goal of existing. Highlights include the upbeat rockers "Annabel" and "Set Me Free," and the catchy single "Beautiful Ways."

Product Details

Release Date:
04/06/2004
Label:
Warner Bros Mod Afw
UPC:
0093624851721
catalogNumber:
48517
Rank:
265313

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Pat McGee Band   Primary Artist
Pat McGee   Primary Artist,Guitar,Vocals,Group Member
Marti Frederiksen   Hammond Organ,Background Vocals
Joyce Hammann   Violin
Victor Lawrence   Cello
Laura Seaton   Violin
Marti Sweet   Violin
Ale Mahave   Viola
Paul Woodiel   Violin
Todd Reynolds   Violin
Adam Grabois   Cello
Conway Kuo   Viola
John Small   Bass,Group Member
Allison Veltz   Background Vocals
Laura Veltz   Background Vocals
Chris "Kartier" Williams   Drums,Group Member
Mary L. Rowell   Violin

Technical Credits

John Agnello   Engineer
Jeffrey Aldrich   Executive Producer
Marti Frederiksen   Producer
Victor Lawrence   String Contractor
Stephen Walker   Art Direction
Art Smith   Guitar Techician,Drum Technician
Evan Lamberg   Executive Producer
Ralph Farris   String Arrangements,String Conductor
Gregg Wattenberg   Producer,Engineer
Ross Peterson   Engineer
Peter Harding   Director
J.R. Baxter   Composer
Brian Paturalski   Engineer
Matt Malikowski   Engineer

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