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Paperfriend - Foreign Lives Album Review

Paperfriend - Foreign Lives Album Review


Paperfriend are a three piece Alternative Emo Rock band from Maidstone, Kent consisting of Dean Ince on Lead Vocals and Guitar, Matt Ladbrooke on Bass and Backing Vocals & Andy Beck on Drums and Backing Vocals.

The nine-track album starts with 'Berlin' which begins with very slow and almost haunting guitar plucking then the drums hit hard before the vocals kick in and the song livens up. With the lyrics of "Foreign lives and friendships will survive" this song is the perfect start to the album. The second song is called 'Autumn Fire' which is a great little song utilising tempo changes and well-written lyrics.
Song number three on this album is 'All My Flaws', beginning with acoustic guitar and soft vocals then the electric guitar and drums join in, you can follow the story in the lyrics of this song. Nice mix of elements in this song. The fourth track is 'Warm' which is a nice gentle song to chill out and tap your feet to. The added drums at the end of the song really do enhance it.
Track five is called 'Venture pt.II' and is heavier than the other songs with deep bass tones and heavy drums. To my ears, the vocals are almost drowned out with the music taking over the song. The sixth song is 'Eighteen Again' which starts off fast and lairy, this is a very bouncy tune which you cannot resist dancing and singing along to. Track seven is called 'Stand In The Rain' starting off with a soft guitar tune but then wakes you up with drums kicking in and guitar effects.
The penultimate song on this album is 'Sunday Blues' another softer song with nice lyrics that you can follow throughout. The tempo changes for the last minute or so to really liven this song up.
The ninth and final song is called 'Vocoder' once again starting with gentle guitar chords and vocal effects (probably using an actual vocoder) nice song but I personally didn't like the vocal effects.

Overall the album is a full mix of the styles that Paperfriend as a band are capable of producing. The songs are well written and the music is great. You can really hear that they are heavily influenced by early 2000's rock and emo music, I could hear influences from the likes of Incubus, Twin Atlantic and even Plain White T's!
This album could be referred to as the resume of Paperfriend with the variety of music within the album.

This album 'Foreign Lives' will be released on Friday 8th June on all the usual digital sites & the CD will be available from Bandcamp

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1 comment:

  1. Thanks for the review guys, glad you mostly enjoyed it!

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