Review: Walking Papers – Walking Papers

Rated:

2.5/5

The presence of Duff McKagan (Guns N’ Roses/Velvet Revolver) and Barrett Martin (Screaming Trees/Mad Season) is the hook for this Seattle “supergroup,” but the voice and songs of Jeff Angell are the focus of this bluesy, after-hours affair. Unfortunately, Angell often sounds like Buckcherry’s Josh Todd trying to take a walk on the Tom Waits wild side, and too many of the cuts snooze when they should smolder. It’s only when the band kicks up the tempo and gives Angell’s hard-bitten lyrics something to ride on (à la the organ-driven “Red Envelopes” and the closing “Independence Day”) that Walking Papers really sound like contenders. DAN EPSTEIN


  • Gutter Candy

    Very poor review of the one of the best albums of the year. I think you’ll find very little agreement with your negative assessment of this fine album in the critical community. And you don’t even mention the work of one of the best drummers in the world, Barrett Martin. Very, very poor.

  • Purljammer

    Agree with gutter. This album is solid and unique beginning to end. Poor review. Impeccable drumming.

  • Peter Milano Whosoever

    love this album, didn’t even know Duff was in it, till I opened the cd. Bought it yesterday, non stop in my car, at least 5 listens.