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
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