Hotel Paper

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Barnes & Noble - Tracy E. Hopkins
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 ...
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Barnes & Noble - Tracy E. Hopkins
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.
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.

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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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/24/2003
  • Label: Maverick
  • UPC: 093624842620
  • Catalog Number: 48426
  • Sales rank: 54,714

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Intro (0:12)
  2. 2 Are You Happy Now? (3:50)
  3. 3 Find Your Way Back (3:45)
  4. 4 Empty Handed (4:50)
  5. 5 Tuesday Morning (4:43)
  6. 6 One of These Days (3:23)
  7. 7 Love Me Like That (4:35)
  8. 8 Desperately (3:06)
  9. 9 Breathe (3:32)
  10. 10 Where Are You Now? (3:26)
  11. 11 Hotel Paper (4:19)
  12. 12 'Til I Get Over You (4:10)
  13. 13 It's You (3:14)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Michelle Branch Primary Artist, Acoustic Guitar, 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
Brian Gardner Mastering
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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Customer Reviews

Average Rating 4.5
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Don't listen to the fans

    I liked her first CD, "The Spirit Room." That was one reason I bought this. The other reason I bought this was because of all the great reviews from the fans. That was a big mistake because there is only one great song here, "Are You Happy Now?" There are about three other songs that are all right, but the rest are awful. The awful songs just mesh into each other. Michelle should not put out a CD with a bunch of filler songs. And sometimes I can't even understand the words because of the way she is singing. I am so disappointed with this CD.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Michelle Matures

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Hotel Paper

    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."

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Sorry, fans, but this album basically sucks

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Most Amazing Album of 2003/ Early 2004.

    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 : )

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Michelle Branch - Hotel Paper

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Hotel Paper better than debut album

    Michelle Branch's Hotel Paper supplies easy listening and relatable lyrics, perfect for young fans who are crushing and dating. One track, "Tuesday Morning" is an innocent examination of the morning after (tuesday morning/in the dark/we were finding out who we were), but the rest of the tracks are predictable popfare, begrudging exes or declaring devotion. Some of the tracks can also be enjoyed on Michelle's website, www.michellebranch.com

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    BREATHE people!

    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

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    PUKE!!!!!!

    i loved the first cd. but then she made awful lyrics on hotel paper. there's only a few songs i like on this boring CD with mostly very slow songs.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great!

    I got this CD when it first came out, and I was dissapointed. Then it really grew on me and now it's one of my fav CDs! My fav sonds are #2,#4,#5,#10 and my FAVORITE song in the whole world is #12!(I like it because the Chourus has SOME FRENCH,AND IT SOUNDS SO PRETTY!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Dissapointing

    I purchased this cd with my hard earned $15.00 dollars, thinking this album would be as good as "The Spirit Room". I was wrong. The only good songs are "Love Me Like That", "Are you Happy Now?" and "Til I Get Over You". Although Michelle's vocal talents are well displayed, her lyrics are poor. I am actually going a little easy on her by giving her three stars.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    True Talent

    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!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    awesome album

    I really love this album. My favorite songs are Are You Happy Now? and Breathe. This is definetly worth buying

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    good cd

    I got this CD for my b-day, and never really listened to it for about a 6-month period. But when I did, I found myself humming the tunes over to myself in class and listening over and over again. It takes a while to grow on you, but then you'll wonder why you didn't like it before.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Another smash hit!

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Are You Happy Now

    This is the best song in the world. You all have got to hear it! I had it stuck in my head all during school.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Hotel Paper

    This album is AMAZING!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Good bye to plastic

    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

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    this was a great cd

    i loved the new michelle branch cd so much im definetily going to buy it

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