I never had a favorite band growing up until I discovered Paper Route back in 2009. I first heard “Dance on Our Graves” and I thought it was haunting in such a beautiful way. Their music just clicked. I’m really protective of the things I love so Paper Route is untouchable in my book. I will say, I was really nervous for Real Emotion. I didn’t think the singles really resonated with me but they make absolute sense when listening to the whole album.
But now that I’ve heard it a few times, I like it better than The Peace of Wild Things. Which is interesting since “Sugar” is probably one of my favorite songs ever but this album completely blew me away. They’ve come a long way since Absence and I’m glad for it because this album changes everything.
Real Emotion starts with a simple intro, that even in its quietness it gives you the lay of the album. “Writing on the Wall” quickly became one of my favorite tracks because it gives me a bit Arctic Monkeys vibes, which I just love. Something also amazing about this album is that the songs seamlessly flow together. If you listen to the album all the way through, it sounds like a melodic story. They each have their own sound and words, but together it fits so perfectly.
“Mona Lisa” is one of my favorite tracks and heck, “Real Emotion,” has real good emotion woven into it, which leads me to the second half of this album.
— Adriana Renee (@AdriianaRenee) September 23, 2016
I don’t know what it is about this second half but it completely blew me away. Paper Route does slow tunes the best. I wouldn’t say it’s whimsical but it has this euphoric feel that makes you just stop and listen. Also side note, “Lara” heading into “Zhivago” is a perfect blend.
Like I said, I honestly didn’t think I was going to like this album, but it completely surprised me and it’s probably their best work yet. It’s also perfect for the start of the new season. Thumbs up all around. Give it a listen below.
What new music are you listening to?