Paper Rival - Paper Rival
Record Label: Photo Finish Records
Release Date: July 10, 2007
A charming little band out of Nashville, Paper Rival was a four-piece that crafted an astonishingly talented piece of work that retains a stripped feeling even among some of the more instrumentally populated tracks on this Self-Titled EP.
How Is it?
Versatility is always something that strikes me as something of grand importance in an EP. Essentially a sampling of what is to come, several tracks of varying difference can mean the world to a listener who doesn't want a new repackaging of the same old song in every track. In this five song EP, Paper Rival shines the most when you consider how unique (and impressive) each track becomes with every listen. While it's easy to get sucked into the opening tracks simply because of Jake Rolleston's almost dreamy transition into an alluring falsetto, it is the stand out performances by all band members present that make them remarkable. If it's not the stripped and graceful acoustic of "Alabama" that draws you in, it's the deep and tumbling groans of Cody McCall's bass guitar during "You're Right." The fact that no band member goes without shining at least once during this EP is what makes it an admirable effort. The drawl on Rolleston's voice becomes tiresome during a few moments, but these are rare occurrences that are usually immediately corrected by another gleaming moment of impressive musicianship such as the unexpected but appreciated tremolo heard during "Home Is Right Outside Your Window." Paper Rival closes this fine piece of work with a rendition of Bruce Cockburn's "Pacing The Cage", redone with piano pieces and hand claps that show Paper Rival did more than simply cover it, they breathed their own life into the song. If you've been hesitant about checking Paper Rival's work out like I have been in the past, feel no fear when you're told that this is a fantastic place to start with.
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