Hotel Paper

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  • Summary: MTV darling Michelle Branch returns with an attempt to duplicate the success of her 2001 debut 'The Spirit Room' and that album's single "Everywhere," which was just that.
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  1. Positive: 2 out of 10
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  1. 75
    Boasts road-toughened guitars and a welcome accusatory edge. [Aug 2003, p.116]
  2. So, it's not exactly a musical revolution in the making, but it'll sure be easier to tell her apart from Vanessa Carlton from now on.
  3. If not as catchy (or stroppy) as Avril Lavigne, she is never less than efficient. [Aug 2003, p.102]
  4. Sadly for such weighty themes of trust, betrayal, loneliness, living out of a suitcase and long distance relationships, the lack of true darkness amongst the sweetness and light is a little frustrating.
  5. Hotel Paper treads the line between rushed brilliance and rushed dross.
  6. The inescapable girlishness in her voice heightens the unlived-in quality of hackneyed, loverlorn ballads like "Desperately," the least desperate-sounding song of 2003. [Jun 27/Jul 4 2003, p.136]
  7. In the course of the album, it's hard not to notice that all the songs sound the same, and for that matter, they all sound the same as that Avril Lavigne song about the damn cold night, even if Michelle technically got there before Avril.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 26 out of 28
  2. Negative: 1 out of 28
  1. BradS
    Jun 26, 2003
    10
    This CD is truly amazing, a lot of feel good tracks. She shows a lot of growth from Spirit Room, Michelle at her best.
  2. Sep 21, 2010
    10
    A really good album.."One of These Days" really got to me and I loved the rest of the album...I lost it but plan to buy a new copy and listenA really good album.."One of These Days" really got to me and I loved the rest of the album...I lost it but plan to buy a new copy and listen to it often Expand
  3. ShizNet
    Jul 3, 2003
    10
    Took me a few sittings to get used to the songs, now I find myself singing the tunes in my head all day. I love it
  4. AmyL
    Oct 19, 2003
    10
    In Catalan: si no ho enteneu pues mala sort, k hos dire. Tot i k aki no ha arribat gaira cosa seva hi ha fans... si akest cd es molt bo In Catalan: si no ho enteneu pues mala sort, k hos dire. Tot i k aki no ha arribat gaira cosa seva hi ha fans... si akest cd es molt bo sobretot les cançons de Tuesday Morning i Where are you now?¿ La felicito pk cada vegada ho fa + b. VISCA LA MICHELLE BRANCH!!!! Expand
  5. KatV
    Aug 31, 2004
    10
    It's so awesome!! I listen to it obsessively every day still!!
  6. someguythatlikesMichelleBranch,obsessively
    Jul 5, 2003
    9
    Personally, I had been awaiting this album for quite some time now, and well it was worth the wait. I am not a huge pop music fan, in fact I Personally, I had been awaiting this album for quite some time now, and well it was worth the wait. I am not a huge pop music fan, in fact I am more into hard rock/metal, but my soft side loves the music of Michelle Branch, and although the Spirit Room is a tought act to follow, she pulled it off. There isn't one terrible song on the album, and the title track, Hotel Paper, may actually be one of the greatest songs I have ever heard. I don't think I have ever listened to a song that many times in one day...overall Michelle Branch has pleased me yet again, and given me and album that will keep my ears satisfied for quite some time. Expand
  7. MichaelB
    Jul 10, 2005
    5
    Mediocre as a follow up and not hugely impressive or different from her debut. Im a fan; but i was dissapointed. Especially with other young Mediocre as a follow up and not hugely impressive or different from her debut. Im a fan; but i was dissapointed. Especially with other young contemporaries developing so fast Expand

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