Album Review: Whatever You Want by The Congress


by Brooke Layman

Eyedea Worx recently printed the second release of “Whatever You Want” from The Congress. I am one lucky gal to be able to help produce these projects and write reviews about them. Plus, I get to hear lots of amazing music so that’s an added bonus.

As soon as I put this album in my player I started tapping my toes and chair dancing. The title track, “Whatever You Want,” was the perfect way to start my afternoon. From there I was wooed by the unexpected and somehow eerily romantic harmonies on “Walls” and then seduced by the slow passion of “Impatiently.”

The obvious favorite track for me was “Keep Virginia” which happens to be the state where I was born and raised. The Congress captured the feeling of a July afternoon covered in the perspiration that comes with that thick cloud of humidity that is Virginia in the summer. I was transported back home to a dock on the water and the smell of honeysuckle in the air.


I love how each of the songs tells a story which is sometimes hard for rock and roll bands to accomplish. But best of all, you can tell that these guys had a blast recording this album which is perfectly mixed and mastered. Brownie points to Mark Fuller, John Macy and Scott Lane of Macy Sound Studios.

If you haven’t heard The Congress, you are probably waiting for me to compare them to another band so you have some point of reference. Well too bad. There are hints of so many different rock and roll greats it would be an injustice to try and not leave one out. Let’s put it this way: If you took all of your favorite rock and roll legends, threw them in to a blender and topped it off with caramel sauce, you would have The Congress.

Even better for you, The Congress will be playing April 5th at the Bluebird Theater in Denver. If we all show up, we might get them to play more local shows. Who’s with me?


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