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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.

Top Track

Breathe
I've been driving for an hour Just talking to the rain You say I've been driving you crazy and its keeping you away So just give me one good... See the rest of the song lyrics
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  1. Positive: 2 out of 10
  2. Negative: 0 out of 10
  1. Spin
    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. Q Magazine
    60
    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. Entertainment Weekly
    50
    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: 13 out of 14
  2. Negative: 0 out of 14
  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 26, 2019
    10
    Michelle surely had no sophomore slump with Hotel Paper, containing rousing anthems like Breathe and the cryptically beautiful Are You HappyMichelle surely had no sophomore slump with Hotel Paper, containing rousing anthems like Breathe and the cryptically beautiful Are You Happy Now? all sung by a pop artist with real pipes. Desperately is also an underrated gem. Really fail to comprehend how people did not enjoy this album upon first listen. It surely did for me. One of the most under-appreciated pop artists of the 2000s and an album relatively forgotten compared to the Spirit Room (also a great album!). 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. KatV
    Aug 31, 2004
    10
    It's so awesome!! I listen to it obsessively every day still!!
  5. 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
  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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