Album Review
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Eli Paperboy Reed - Come and Get It

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Eli Paperboy Reed - Come and Get It
Release Date: August 10, 2010
Record Label: Capitol Records
This review was written by an AP.net staff member.
Some music, when you listen to it, just completely and holistically refreshes you. It's like a Gatorade or Arizona beverage following an extended period of strenuous exercise. For example, after I beat overmatched opponents in basketball at my school gym for a couple of hours, there's nothing that I enjoy more than a tall can of Arizona green tea. Sometimes when I'm super thirsty I can actually feel all 23 icy cold fluid ounces guzzling into my stomach. Like I said, refreshing.

Back in about June, I got such refreshment in the form of an unexpected album from an artist whom I had never heard of. Eli "Paperboy" Reed, a soul singer/songwriter from the Boston area, released his third full length album and first for Capitol Records in August. Come and Get It is a wonderful venture into the type of music that, quite frankly, just isn't written anymore. Drawing influences from Chicago-based soul acts like Tyrone Davis, Paperboy (I refuse to refer to him by any other name because this is the best nickname of all time) has a set of pipes that would make anyone swoon.

Paperboy's vocals are fun, passionate and, um, refreshing. Complemented by fantastically arranged soul music from his band, known as The True Loves, Paperboy is the big-time poster boy for a genre that is all but dead in the mainstream. The fact that this 26-year-old who self-released his two first albums could get signed to a major record label is a ray of sunshine in a music industry that usually spawns negativity like headaches at a Buffalo Bills football game.

The brass instruments, playful guitar parts and thumping bass lines make Come and Get It one of the more interesting and enjoyable listens of recent memory. When opener "Young Girl" kicks in, Paperboy and Co. immediately grasp your attention. For people who listen to as much music as the members of this website, a sound like this cannot just be ignored. It's something truly different and original and, erm, refreshing. As Paperboy tells you some story about some girl that he loves, you can't help but be won over by his voice and (you assume) his boyish good looks (which he does have).

"Name Calling" and "Help Me" follow up the opener strongly. Paperboy's lyrics aren't really anything to write home about, but fit this sort of music phenomenally. It wouldn't be right to hear a political anthem or heavy-handed lyricism about some social problem when you're trying to get groovy to the bass line on the title track. That track, which features high-pitched background vocals that could make even the grumpiest lumberjack smile, is the standout on Come and Get It. If this was the 1950s and you were at your high school senior prom, you would most definitely be dancing to this song at one point. And it would be the one song that all of the guys without dates come onto the floor to awkwardly sway back and forth and tap their feet to.

After the first five tracks, Paperboy shakes things up a bit. "Pick A Number" is a slower song, but still has the charming lyrical content found on the beginning of the album. "Tell Me What I Wanna Hear" and closer "Explosion" are highlighted by their brass instrumentation. The former is a dance number that is one of the catchier finds, while the aptly-titled "Explosion" is a blisteringly-paced outburst of a song where Paperboy lets all hell run loose. Meanwhile, "Pick Your Battles" is a notable catch that sounds like it could be the soundtrack to a black-and-white film.

Paperboy has done it. I mean, I don't really know what he's done. He's made this album, Come and Get It, that truly stands in its own category in 2010. While plenty of artists are cashing in on whatever trend is going on, Paperboy and his band are making the kind of music that you listen to in order to escape all that nonsense. Unfortunately this album has gone largely unnoticed in the grand scheme of things. All I know is that when I'm an old man and I'm mad at the world because my feet hurt for no reason, and when my neighbors are blasting their futuristic techno-punk-psycho-babble-nonsense music, I'm going to limp over to my record player and spin Come and Get It until I remember what I like about the world.

Recommended If You LikeChicago-based soul artists form yesteryear, something awesomely different from the norm; you really don't even have to like this type of music to enjoy this record.
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Bare Essentials1. Young Girl
2. Name Calling
3. Help Me
4. Just Like Me
5. Come and Get It
6. Pick A Number
7. I Found You Out
8. Tell Me What I Wanna Hear
9. Time Will Tell
10. You Can Run On
11. Pick Your Battles
12. Explosion
Produced By: Mike Elizondo, Run Time: 41.8 minutes
Star Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Stars
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11:32 PM on 11/15/10
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Love him, he can freaking belt.
11:46 PM on 11/15/10
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great album! good for family parties or college ragers
11:52 PM on 11/15/10
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great album! good for family parties or college ragers
perfect for funerals. Gonna take it out to the next Bris I DJ.
12:13 AM on 11/16/10
i am a legend
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ahhhh this made my night!! thank you for reviewing it!!
12:14 AM on 11/16/10
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ahhhh this made my night!! thank you for reviewing it!!
It's a bit overdue. Awesome record, some of the best vocals all year.
01:21 AM on 11/16/10
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great album! good for family parties or college ragers
College ragers? I guess I don't get that one but I love this album.
02:26 AM on 11/16/10
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awesome record. glad to see it reviewed here.
03:35 AM on 11/16/10
Kid Amnesiac
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Maybe I'll check this out...
04:18 AM on 11/16/10
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Put my faith back into pop music for sure.
06:55 AM on 11/16/10
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College ragers? I guess I don't get that one but I love this album.
ha ok maybe not college ragers, i was being lazy.

What I meant was that this album can be played a family BBQ (which it did for me) and feel appropriate or be played when hanging with college kids (again which i have also done) and not feel dated.

Its an album that can coexist in a number of different worlds, with that kind of timeless feel
07:36 AM on 11/16/10
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I saw this guy live when he opened up for Dr. Dog @ Governors Island. I can honestly say that I've never danced as much at a show before. I would, without a doubt, definitely go see him play again.

Plus, the drummer is funky as shit!
09:24 AM on 11/16/10
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Great album, even better live performance -- See him if you can!
09:57 AM on 11/16/10
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ran across this record a couple months ago and never thought i'd see it pop up on here. glad you reviewed it, thomas! such a fun and good record. i jam it at work a bunch!
10:27 AM on 11/16/10
set if off and let it burn
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This album is amazing. Thanks for reviewing it and leading me to discover this man.

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