Pat McGee Band, Michael Tolcher and Pilot Radio
On Save Me, the Virginians in the Pat McGee Band serve up earnest VH1-ready pop-rock balladry that seldom offends. And because it chances so little, it wins nothing -- it's just sort of there, a platter of generic frat-bar rock and humdrum love songs gussied up with expensive production and national distribution, all courtesy of Warner Bros. It's clean, well-lit music, but it's got about as much character as the lobby of an Econolodge in suburban Indianapolis. You could call it the perfectly average album -- I should keep it around the office and use it as a gauge. How much better or worse is album x than Save Me?
Tolcher is a little more interesting, though he shares a similar Southern pop-rock vibe. On I Am, the Georgian shows off edgier, hip-hop-tinged production, a slightly hoarse voice with some character to it, an at-times funky approach and intriguing guest stars such as ?uestlove of the Roots. In fact, I'll go ahead and get started on my new way of assessing records now -- I Am is about 25 percent better than the Pat McGee Band's Save Me.
Get the Music Newsletter
Keep your thumb on the local music scene each week with music news, trends, artist interviews and concert listings. We'll also send you special ticket offers and music deals.