The Bloom’s Off Michelle Branch

Arion Berger of The Washington Post reviewed ’s sophomore effort ‘Hotel Paper’. Berger remarked, “If ‘Hotel Paper’ is any indication of Branch’s maturity, she is a purveyor of fusty easy-listening in young-girl drag. The songs are solid, her voice is perfectly fine — if amazingly youthful for the dowdy tunes — and the album is a competent bore with no X-factor to tip the music into the estrogen-fueled earnestness of Lilith Fair folk or the glossy faux-punk of her main competitor, Avril Lavigne. The album’s most serious flaw is its me-me-me focus; Branch consistently presents herself as yearning for romance while keeping her standards high, but there’s so little personality in the singing that after a dozen declarations that she’s ready for real love we begin to wonder what she has to offer.”

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