Plays Paper Empire

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
If Better Than Ezra can be called anything, it's survivors. Never the flashiest group among the legions of the first wave of post-grunge rockers, they have wound up being perhaps the sturdiest, working steadily with little regard for shifting fashions and trends. Plays Paper Empire is perhaps the strongest evidence that all that hard work pays off, their sturdiest collection of humble rockers and assured ballads yet. Not that Plays Paper Empire is without a wrinkle or two -- even if the tight electronic rhythms of "Nightclubbing" and vocoder on "Hell No!" are meant ironically, they amount to stiff, embarrassing stumbles -- but the group displays a good deal of ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
If Better Than Ezra can be called anything, it's survivors. Never the flashiest group among the legions of the first wave of post-grunge rockers, they have wound up being perhaps the sturdiest, working steadily with little regard for shifting fashions and trends. Plays Paper Empire is perhaps the strongest evidence that all that hard work pays off, their sturdiest collection of humble rockers and assured ballads yet. Not that Plays Paper Empire is without a wrinkle or two -- even if the tight electronic rhythms of "Nightclubbing" and vocoder on "Hell No!" are meant ironically, they amount to stiff, embarrassing stumbles -- but the group displays a good deal of measured songcraft, whether it's in the peppy singalong "All In" or the sugary pop rush of "Black Light," or the preponderance of ballads and midtempo, radio-ready rock that make up the rest of the album. Again, there's not much that's flashy here, but that's to Better Than Ezra's benefit, as they wind up with a set of solid mainstream rock, the kind which isn't made much in the last days of the 2009s, the kind that proves that there's something to be said for being a workhorse instead of a show horse.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/12/2009
  • Label: Megaforce
  • UPC: 020286133926
  • Catalog Number: 61339
  • Sales rank: 77,974

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Absolutely Still (3:58)
  2. 2 Turn Up the Bright Lights (3:38)
  3. 3 Just One Day (4:02)
  4. 4 The Loveless (4:24)
  5. 5 All In (3:27)
  6. 6 Fit (3:55)
  7. 7 Hell No! (3:03)
  8. 8 Hey Love (4:19)
  9. 9 Nightclubbing (3:23)
  10. 10 Black Light (3:32)
  11. 11 Wounded (4:41)
  12. 12 I Just Knew (4:46)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Better Than Ezra Primary Artist
Kevin Griffin Guitar, Piano, Vocals, Group Member
Michael Jerome Drums, Group Member
Travis Aaron McNabb Drums
David Ralicke Saxophone
Dan Rothchild Bass
Tom Drummond Bass, Group Member
Warren Huart Guitar
Greg Suran Guitar
Tommy Walter Keyboards
Stephen Lu Keyboards
David Levita Guitar
Brian McCleod Drums
James Bourne Background Vocals
Lauren Evans Vocals
Blair Sinta Drums
Jeremy Lister Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Kevin Griffin Producer, Engineer
Stephen Marcussen Mastering
Monty Powell Composer
Ethan Allen Producer
Warren Huart Producer, Engineer
Tommy Walter Programming
Stephen Lu String Arrangements
Johnny Andrews Composer
Val Emmich Composer
Robin Holden Engineer
James Bourne Composer
Jeremy Lister Composer
Stephen Hutton Management
Jack Miele Engineer
Cassie McConnell Publicity
Jacque Delatour Engineer
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