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4.8 out of 5
42 Ratings

42 Ratings

Barbie Ferrari ,

Message to Garcia showcases Visqueen's Brilliance

I always get a little nervous when a band had produced album after album of great songs. How can they keep it fresh and not lose their edge? I'm relieved that Visqueen has stayed on track with Message to Garcia. The hard driving, hard rockin' sound I've come to expect is present throughout the entire album. What's added is more complex and diverse use of other instruments besides the usual rock staples. It all works, amazingly, beautifully. Rachel Flotard could sing the phone book at make it rock. The pedal steel on Beautiful Amnesia was unexpected, but perfect. The Capitol almost has a motown mood. Forgive Me beautifully illustrates Flotard's amazing range, pitch, and strength. Ditto on Jimmy Vs. James, which also has a great rock arrangement complete with moog organ. So Long is an incredible ballad. This album is terrific!

PDXrock ,

Solid album from an amazing band

Been a Visqueen fan for many years now, loved their first album King Me to death, and adored Sunset on Dateland. I have been anxiously awaiting this new album, and it was worth the wait. I think "Message to Garcia" is their most solid and complete so far, simply awesome from track 1 to 11. Rachel is an amazing songwriter, her lyrics are always smart and fresh, and you know the music comes from the heart; the album is dedicated to her recently passed father, and the feeling and emotion really comes through on this album. The tunes themselves are mostly upbeat and catchy rock tunes that, like most Visqueen songs, get stuck in your head like glue (e.g. Fight for Love, Forgive Me), but even the slow and mellow songs (So Long) keep you interested. Ben plays solid drums as usual, and the added guitar flair of one of the newer members of the band Tom Cummings, makes the sound even more full. Plus, many tracks have additional guest players, including vocals of Neko Case on several tracks, that really make every song rich and complex, a bit different from the original more raw 3 piece sound on the previous albums, but in a good way. Also, if you ever get a chance to see these guys live, do it. I have seen tons of their shows, and every single one has been a blast, Rachel is funny as hell, and they are all just cool honest people with no attitude who love to rock, very refreshing. You will love this band!!!

lolalaptop ,

Rave on Visqueen!

Honestly, I have not heard the whole album yet, but I am totally hooked on the song, Ward. I first heard it on Seattle's indy radio, KEXP, and kept finding myself listening every day just to hear this song. That's when I knew I had to buy the single! Visqueen is a local Seattle band, and I'm hoping to see them live someday. Singer Rachel Flotard has an amazing voice and complete command of this rave up pop anthem. Lovely electronic touches and a driving backbeat fill out the mix to make it a song that will no doubt stay in my top rotation for quite some time. Now to listen to the rest of the album...

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