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Gym Class Heroes
The Papercut Chronicles
Fueled By Ramen Records

Rating: 5.5/10 ?


February 22, 2005
Dear Gym Class Heroes:

It's hard to know how to start these types of things, isn't it? Should I open with some pleasantries, try to ease my way into what I want to say? But you deserve better than that. No, I'll just come out and tell you the honest truth about The Papercut Chronicles. That's what you want, even if you don't think you do.

Well, here goes: while there's a lot of promise here, it's just not going to work out the way things are going.

Let me explain - I owe you that at least. I really like the live band hip-hop thing, really. There's a certain organic quality that musicians playing instruments bring to these types of songs that cannot be replicated through samples and beat loops. And "Taxi Driver" is really clever - using the names of all those emo bands to tell a story. I definitely smile each time I hear it.

But here's the thing - even with only four songs on the whole EP, the music didn't do enough to really grab me. If you're going to use a live band, you better be kicking ass with the backing music, whether you're rapping over it or singing a straight up rock song. And, I hate to say it, but the band just didn't bring anything interesting to the table. If you're just going to play simple sounding funk-rock beats, well, you may as well just sample other bands that play it better (there's a reason so many great hip-hop groups sampled James Brown and George Clinton).

Also, the rest of the songs didn't live up to the 'clever' standard set by "Taxi Driver." Lyrically, it would serve you well to really think about reaching those heights again, because the other three songs are a little too pedestrian to make you stand out.

Please don't take this the wrong way. I think you guys have a lot potential, and there are some nicely positive things to take away from this project. I hope you continue to grow creatively, and take what you do well to new heights. But, until then, it's just not going to happen between us.

Sincerely,

Reviewed by Dan Filowitz
Dan Filowitz is Toronto-born, New-Jersey-raised, Indiana-University-educated, and Chicago-residing. In addition to his Lost At Sea contributions, Dan is a senior staff writer for political humor site TalkStation.com and the president of ChicagoImprovAnarchy (The CIA) a Chicago-based improv theatre company. We are not mentioning the 9-5 corporate job. Apparently, Dan does not sleep much. Dan Filowitz is the perfect dinner party guest - fun, witty, intelligent, with wide-ranging interests, ecclectic tastes and a winning smile. Just make sure you have coffee available.

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