This is somehow already Gym Class Heroes’ fifth album, on top of frontman Travie McCoy’s solo career. It’s an impressive number of albums, but quantity is not always quality as ‘The Papercut Chronicles II’ proves. That isn’t to say there are no good songs on the record; it’s just that they can be few and far between.
Travie McCoy’s forte is collaborating with other artists (see ‘Billionaire’ with Bruno Mars) and this is demonstrated perfectly on the album. The standout track is ‘Stereo Hearts’ with Maroon 5’s Adam Levine, which was used as the first single from the album, and understandably so. It’s a great song and Levine’s voice is fantastic.
The other standout tracks are ‘Ass Back Home’, featuring British singer Neon Hitch, whose voice is an absolute dream, and ‘The Fighter’ with producer extraordinaire and OneRepublic frontman Ryan Tedder, which is incredibly catchy.
On first listen, ‘The Papercut Chronicles II’ is unremarkable. Luckily it’s a grower, and after a few plays, it becomes a little more exciting. There are some good tracks, but there’s also a fair bit of filler. It’s a good album, but it’s not great, and it’s a disappointment when it’s obvious that Travie McCoy can do better.
Standout track: ‘Stereo Hearts’
For fans of: OneRepublic, Maroon 5
Written by: Lais MW