Hotel Paper - Michelle Branch
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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
  2. Negative: 0 out of 10
  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. Most of the songs just lumber along at the same plodding, deliberate pace, boasting very few of the fun hooks that made her previous album so annoyingly likeable.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 26 out of 28
  2. Negative: 1 out of 28
  1. Sep 21, 2010
    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 listen to it often Expand
  2. Mar 15, 2014
    When I first listened to this album, I didn't like it. It was bland, the lyrics lack enough details to make it striking, the hooks that made her debut sooooo lovable were almost gone in this album. But after a few more listens, I realized that there is something golden in the songs, no matter how boring they sound. There is something in the song that catches your attention that you can't really appreciate in your first listens. This album is growing on me and now I love it. Expand

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