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Hotel Paper

Hotel Paper

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by Michelle Branch

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With 2001's sleeper hit The Spirit Room, Michelle Branch offered a more cerebral alternative to the teen-pop fare of Britney and Christina and unwittingly ushered in a young singer-songwriter chick revolution. Since then, Avril has proclaimed her punk-ness, fellow piano gal


With 2001's sleeper hit The Spirit Room, Michelle Branch offered a more cerebral alternative to the teen-pop fare of Britney and Christina and unwittingly ushered in a young singer-songwriter chick revolution. Since then, Avril has proclaimed her punk-ness, fellow piano gal Norah Jones scored multiple Grammys, and Branch doppelganger Vanessa Carlton endeared TRL fans with her passionate ivory tickling. Not to be outdone by her growing competition, however, Branch was savvy enough to collaborate with Carlos Santana on the irresistible hit single "The Game of Love." After traveling for two years prior to recording her sophomore disc, Branch realized she'd scribbled most of her new lyrics on Hotel Paper. On the slightly edgier record, the 20-year-old stays true to her sunny, acoustic guitar pop roots but digs deeper lyrically to address universal themes of heartbreak ("Are You Happy Now?"), loneliness ("Where Are You Now?"), and forbidden love ("Desperately"). She probably intended the latter track to ache with, well, desperation, but it's hard to take the adolescent-sounding Branch seriously as a vamp. Still, she manages to hold her own with former tour mate Sheryl Crow on the bluegrass-driven "Love Me like That." On "Where Are You Now?" the exotic beauty admits, "I write about the things I'll never know / And I can't find a moment just to slow down." But that's a good thing. Although she lacks Pink's angst and Jennifer Love Hewitt's sex appeal, the more this blossoming Branch experiences, the more she'll grow as an artist and a woman.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Part of the appeal of Michelle Branch on her 2001 debut, The Spirit Room, was that she came across as a spirited normal girl with an enthusiasm for music. She wasn't teasingly sexy like Britney Spears, nor was she a brat like the then-unknown Avril Lavigne; she felt like a real teenager, something that was enhanced by her direct songs and earnest vocals, which were the furthest thing from flashy. Sure, The Spirit Room could be a little too polished at times, but it was tempered by her eagerness to make a record, so it turned out quite endearing. But like many second albums, her sophomore affair, Hotel Paper, finds Branch two years older and a whole lot more "mature," in the sense that any remnants of that adolescent passion have been removed as she positions herself as a serious singer/songwriter in the adult alternative vein. Branch remains appealing -- her blend of pop and mild roots rock sounds good and she has a nice, plainspoken charm and straight-ahead voice. She duets with Sheryl Crow on the record's best track, "Love Me Like That." Taken on the surface, Hotel Paper is fine -- it's big and shiny and it glides as easy as tunes on an adult alternative radio station on a summer's day.
Blender - Alan Light
Although Hotel Paper is hardly her attempt at a PJ Harvey record, it does admirably introduce rougher edges to the sunny demeanor that characterized her debut.

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Performance Credits

Michelle Branch   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Percussion
Kenny Aronoff   Drums
Paul Bushnell   Bass
Luis Conte   Percussion
John Leventhal   Bass,Guitar,Keyboards
Jamie Muhoberac   Keyboards
Dave Navarro   Guitar
Shawn Pelton   Drums
Patrick Warren   Keyboards
Greg Wells   Organ,Bass,Guitar,Piano,Wurlitzer
Dan Rothchild   Bass
RIck DePofi   Percussion
John Shanks   Bass,Guitar
Mike Elizondo   Bass
Stuart Smith   Mandolin
Josh Abraham   Keyboards
Chris Chaney   Bass
Brian McCleod   Drums

Technical Credits

Chris Reynolds   Engineer
David Campbell   String Arrangements
Daniel Chase   Engineer
Marc DeSisto   Engineer
John Leventhal   Producer
Brian Scheuble   Engineer
Greg Wells   Producer
RIck DePofi   Producer,Engineer
Lars Fox   Engineer
John Shanks   Composer,Producer
Ryan Williams   Engineer
Josh Abraham   Programming,Producer
Michelle Branch   Composer
Jeff Rothschild   Engineer

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Hotel Paper 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 52 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Don't get me wrong but the first time I got this CD and listened to it I was kind of dissapointed. after listening to it several more times I became stuck to it. Hotel Paper sets a relaxing and calm mood.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Michelle's new CD is amazing! I still can't believe that she writes all her own music. The song "Breath" is incredible and I've listened to it over and over again. This CD is awesome!
Guest More than 1 year ago
It is VERY cool i bough it!! i highly recommend it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Michelle Branch is just a great singer/songwriter... She's pretty and talented Absolutely Love hEr!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a really good CD, and the songs range from being more folk in "Love me like that" to more pop in "Are you happy now" There isn't a single song I don't like.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the new generation of Pop divas : songwriters that can actuaslly sing and play an instrument, not jus move their plastic body from one place to another or get naked on the stage, this are today real talented artists. good michelle
Guest More than 1 year ago
deffinatly buy it
Guest More than 1 year ago
THIS WOMAN IS AMAZING!! At 20 years old she has reached the artistic talents that reach way beyond her age. She writes her own music and has matured vocally. You won't be dissappointed with this buy. Just saw her in concert promoting this cd.. she did awesome.. she is one of the few artist that can sound just as good live even better than on her cd. So give it a go!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
When I got Michelle Branch's old cd (The Spirit Room) I was really amazed. but now that i have her sophomore album, she is like my favorite female artist1 (except for Avril Lavigne, of course) 1.Intro ***** This isn't a song, it's just some weird music, it's an intro to "Are You Happy Now" but it's a weird song. 2.Are Yu Happy Now ***** This song is really, really, awesome! Becuase like she sings with a really edgy voice in this song. 3.Find Your Way Back ***** This song is better then the second song. Really amazing lyrics. 4.Empty Handed **** It's an ok song, better then some, but it's kind of like packing my bags/cuase i don't/wanna be/ the only 1/ who's drowning in their misery. 5. Tuesdaqy Morning ***** This song is aweosme. It's about how she doesn't want to be alone. 6. One Of These Days * This song is kind of awful. 7. Love Me Like That ***** This song is awesome. Featuring Sheryl Crow, they sing really well together.! 8. Desperately ***** Awesome! It's about how she wants some1 so desperately!~ 9. Breathe ***** This song has tons of energy! 10. Where Are You Now? awesome!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love this cd. I esp. love 2, 5, and 6. They are the best. Buy, Buy, Buy!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was the best! i love her songs "Are You happy now?" and "Breathe". They are the best! You should definetly get this CD! And don't forget to look at my suggestions!!! :P
Guest More than 1 year ago
a great cd and the couple of first tracks are one of the best although as you go on in the cd, the songs tend to have the same kind of style. are you happy now is probably the best song in the cd!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This record was absolutely AMAZING. In my opinion, the best songs were: Find My Way Back (very emotional), Breathe (BEST EVER, GREAT lyrics), Where Are You Now? (GREAT chorus, listening to it several times, it makes you think of how sad it must be, wondering where your guy is in the world when you are traveling to a million cities), Are You Happy Now (cool breakup song), Tuesday Morning (nice beginning), Empty Handed (some piano in the beginning), It's You (such a sad song)
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love this album!! Her voice has a very raw edge to it. This seems so different from her previous works. This album is a definite seller. I usually listen to alternative/modern rock, but I'm really enjoying this cd. I recommend this cd to any listener.
Guest More than 1 year ago
As a big fan of Michelle's first album, I obviously grabbed her new one the minute it hit the store shelves. She has such a great singing talent and her music fits any mood your in. This album is a great one, but is very different from her first one. She has a great voice, and if you enjoyed her first album you will definately want to get this album. Its different and fun, Michelle is really growing into a great artist.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Ahead of her time....Michelle shows she's maturing in both her music and lyric writing. Beautiful collection of songs in the tradition of the great female singer songwriters.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is just as good as her first you put it in your cd player and just can't skip one song or stop listening.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I've been a huge fan of michelle branch since Everywhere and loved it , along with All You Wanted, Goodbye to You, and the rest of the spirit room. I live in the UK, and suddenly there was no more michelle singles and no tours like the U.S had, and for a year or so she wasnt heard of till The Game Of Love (big hit on radio stations in the Uk) Hotel Paper followed later on and i was amazed. I personally dont think it could be any different from TSR, her vocals and music writing skills have become much more developed as shes grown up. Amazing record michelle, keep up the good work : )
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is an terrific album. It shows a gradual growth from The Spirit Room. The songs don't just have heart, they have soul. "Are You Happy Now" is a great opening single, but "Breathe" will be a wonderful success. I think it will be her hottest song yet.
Guest More than 1 year ago
michelle's latest album is a bit different from her previous album. its still flawless material but it has taken a new, more grown-up direction. my favourite song would have to be "tuesday morning". its a cross between 'all you wanted' and 'goodbye to you'. other great songs would be, 'til i get over you', 'desperately', 'one of these days'.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Michelle's lyrics and song style have matured a lot from her last album. "Where are You Now" and "Breathe" are some of her best songs yet.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The first time I heard Michelle Branch's first hit single, Everywhere, I was hooked. I purchased her first Cd and it was AWESOME! That kept me waiting for her new Cd, Hotel Paper. I finally bought it, and it was everything I expected. Michelle Branch is a true talent. There's nothing fake about her. Her voice is strong, and her style is unique. I'm one of those people who like to relate to songs, so I tend to judge heavily on lyrics. You can really relate to her Cd. It's definitely worth it, and you won't be disapointed!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This album is AMAZING!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
There's not much to detail about an album where every song sounds the same, and the lyrics are equally tedious. What's even worse is the disappointment after Branch's catchy but barely passable debut The Spirit Room. There is one, maybe two cuts on the album that could even surpass radio standards. Lyrics like "Could you look me in the eye/And tell me that you're happy now?" (on "Are You Happy Now") and "But look me in the eye babe/tell me why ya gonna love me like that" (on the insipid "Love Me Like That", featuring - but barely - Sheryl Crow, who is audible for about three lines) only add to the boredom. Finally, notes on several other lame cuts. "Desperately" is the album's least desperate song, and "Tuesday Morning" is a hackneyed ode to self-appreciation, albeit the chorus is melodically listenable. The entire album makes me want to headbang and listen to the Metallica album, which would normally burst my eardrums open. But then again, anything would compared to this snooze.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I just got the album yesterday and it is amazing. Michelle has matured as an artist. Her voice is great. I think she'll go far with "Hotel Paper."