Walking Papers’ self-titled debut is a dynamic album from veteran musicians Jeff Angell and Benjamin Anderson (The Missionary Position), Barrett Martin (Screaming Trees, Mad Season) and Duff McKagan (Guns N’ Roses, Velvet Revolver). The soulful songs blend together an exciting mix of rock and blues. What really stands out, though, is the fantastic storytelling in the tracks.
Each song tells its own story, with the lyrics being as unique as the band itself. One of the things that jumped out at me was Angell’s powerful voice combined with amazing guitar playing. Although the tracks can be identified with other bands, such as “The Whole World’s Watching” like a bluesy The Black Keys and “Capital T” like The Black Crowes, Walking Papers is as original as they come.
The album, top to bottom, is worth listening to. It’s almost as if the songs tell true stories of what the band has endured thus far, as well as personal experiences prior to Walking Papers’ existence. Whether the lyrics are inspired by past events or people they’ve come across, the album does a good job encapsulating a lifetime of occurrences – real or fake. Lyrics such as “How can I forget, that I’m forever in your debt?” and “Who knows what we may find, if we know just where to start?” are just a small example of what to expect lyrically throughout the album.
Of the album’s 11-tracks, my favorite songs are “Leave Me In The Dark,” the aforementioned “The Whole World’s Watching,” and “Capital T.” But, as I mentioned before, this album is worth every penny.
Fans of The Wallflowers, Oasis, The Black Crowes and The Black Keys will love this album. There is so much great music here; it’s easily one of the best albums of 2013.
Jason Tanamor is the Editor of Zoiks! Online. He is also the author of the novels, "Hello Lesbian!" and "Anonymous." Email Jason at firstname.lastname@example.org.