Plays Paper Empire

Plays Paper Empire

by Better Than Ezra



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.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/12/2009
Label: Megaforce
UPC: 0020286133926
catalogNumber: 61339

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
Zac Rae   Organ,Piano
David Levita   Guitar
Brian McCleod   Drums
James Bourne   Background Vocals
Lauren Evans   Vocals
Blair Sinta   Drums
Jeremy Lister   Background Vocals
James Arthur Payne   Guitar,Keyboards,Background Vocals
Busbee   Keyboards,Background Vocals
Ben West   Guitar,Keyboards

Technical Credits

Kevin Griffin   Composer,Producer,Engineer,Audio Production
Michelle Lewis   Composer
Monty Powell   Composer
Ethan Allen   Producer,Audio Production
Warren Huart   Producer,Engineer,Audio Production
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
Busbee   Composer
Jeff Tucker   Composer
Kelli Owens   Composer

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