Save Me [Bonus Tracks]

Save Me [Bonus Tracks]

by Pat McGee
     
 

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Like the Dave Matthews Band before them, the Pat McGee Band is a tireless touring unit from Virginia with a titular leader. But whereas Matthews' band pulls from a stew of eclectic influences, McGee and company produce a relatively

Overview

Like the Dave Matthews Band before them, the Pat McGee Band is a tireless touring unit from Virginia with a titular leader. But whereas Matthews' band pulls from a stew of eclectic influences, McGee and company produce a relatively straightforward brand of modern rock that's big on love themes and propelled by earnest vocals. Their clean-scrubbed (and if not Christian, then at least Christian-approved) alt-rock calls to mind such higher-profile contemporaries as Vertical Horizon. McGee is far from a newcomer, however: he has been plugging away since the mid-'90s when he released his first LP. (Coming into this album the Pat McGee Band had built up a solid grass-roots following through relentless touring.) In the past, there has been an acoustic bent to a lot of McGee's tunes. But on Save Me, McGee underpins his tunes with more electric guitar, propelling the euphoric choruses of most tracks with catchy guitar grind (see "Beautiful Ways" and "Must Have Been Love"). There's a willfully homogenous spirit at work here, but within the band's limited context (big, bright, innocuous love rock), McGee is a strong songwriter with a nice ear for hooks and a knack for surprising melodic turns and clever bridges. The Pat McGee Band is clearly not trying to reinvent the wheel (the band makes Coldplay sound simply avant-garde by comparison), but add enough production polish to make some of its pat gestures seem ambitious, if not grand. [The Kirtland reissue includes five unreleased, pleasant-enough acoustic tracks and a video for "Must Have Been Love."]

Product Details

Release Date:
06/28/2005
Label:
Kirtland Records
UPC:
0186535000262
catalogNumber:
26
Rank:
136067

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Pat McGee   Primary Artist,Guitar,Vocals,Group Member
Marti Frederiksen   Hammond Organ
Joyce Hammann   Violin
Victor Lawrence   Cello
Laura Seaton   Violin
Marti Sweet   Violin
Ale Mahave   Viola
Paul Woodiel   Violin
Todd Reynolds   Violin
Chris Reardon   Bass,Vocals,Group Member
Adam Grabois   Cello
Conway Kuo   Viola
Chardy McEwan   Percussion,Group Member
Todd Wright   Guitar,Keyboards,Vocals,Group Member
Allison Veltz   Background Vocals
Laura Veltz   Background Vocals
Mary L. Rowell   Violin

Technical Credits

John Agnello   Engineer
David Katz   Video Producer
Marti Frederiksen   Composer,Producer
Victor Lawrence   String Contractor
Art Smith   Guitar Techician,Drum Technician
Pat McGee   Composer
Bill Fishman   Video Director
John Kirtland   Executive Producer
David Bergman   Cover Photo
Ralph Farris   Arranger,String Conductor
Gregg Wattenberg   Composer,Producer,Engineer
Ross Peterson   Engineer
J.R. Baxter   Composer
Brian Paturalski   Engineer
Brian Fechino   Composer
Tommy Moore   Packaging

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