Free paper.

First three adjectives that come to mind when listening to this album:

Three favorite songs on album:
Before That Day
They're Gonna Keep Me
Our So Long

If you blog, it will come. Music, that is. Wait, let me rephrase that. Free music. Thus the situation of An Object by Paper. A couple weeks ago, I was looking on the Imperial Recordings site and stumbled upon the track "Before That Day" by a Swedish band called Paper. I was hooked. The combative beat, the endless guitar, the lo fi punk vocals and simplistic synth are pushed together into a compact post-punk dream. With little effort on my part, I found a contact at Imperial Recordings and made the request. Next thing I know, I'm opening up a package with a Swedish stamp on it.  

An Object is a fast paced, underground appetizer. At best, Paper's debut conjures 1970's punk with its raw, bellicose nature. At its worst, An Object becomes a repetitive batch of tracks lacking depth.

As a whole, Paper has their act together. They've managed to produce a cohesive album of tight, distinct tracks. That said, the tracks without vocals start to sound similar after a couple rounds. An Object is a tasty morsel but doesn't satisfy my cravings fully. I'll be awaiting their next course.

Album design:
The album design is simplistic with a clean sans serif font for album and band name. The insert is printed on a matte paper, giving it a nice tactile feel. On the flip side of the insert is a large image of the trio with album credits.

(Disclaimer: This album was given to me for FREE by the lovely people at Imperial Recordings)

Next Up:
The Black Keys, Brothers (2010)

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