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Paper – Sunbeam

When drummers move up to the frontman position, it’s usually the right time to get worried. Just think of Taylor Hawkins’ solo album… yikes! Mike Marsh is best known as the guy behind Chris Carrabba in Dashboard Confessional but he also has his own project called Paper. And now he has an album out called “Sunbeam”. Sounds like a psychedelic pop album, right?

Well, that’s actually not too far off the mark. It’s a whole lot of poppy but not so much psychedelic as it is proggy. Not unlike what Genesis used to do back in the day. Marsh’s voice even sounds a little like Phil Collins’ at times. And just like Collins proved that a drummer becoming the frontman doesn’t always have to be a bad thing, so does Marsh with songs like “Turn Your Radio Off”, “Everybody Talks” and “Shine”.
Score: 7.5 out of 10 

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