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Review: Gym Class Heroes deliver wit new album 'The Papercut Chronicles II'
Gym Class Heroes, "The Papercut Chronicles II" (Decaydance/Fueled by Ramen)
Gym Class Heroes are back with part two of their "Paper Chronicles," six years after the original was released.
In between the "Chronicles" albums they released "As Cruel as School Children" and "The Quilt," featuring hits such as "Cookie Jar" and "Clothes Off," but the band hasn't released any material together since 2008.
The lead track is "Stereohearts" featuring Adam Levine. Levine's effort is equally as catchy as Maroon 5's own comeback with "Moves Like Jagger."
This time, Ryan Tedder steps into the role of collaborator in "The Fighter." The song is optimistic and motivational, despite lead singer Travie McCoy declaring that people "are waiting to see me fail"; he takes the persona of a fighter in order to deal with the haters. The dreamy lilt of singer Oh Land with a twinkling piano creates a brilliant soulful contemplation on "Life Goes On."
Tracks such as "Solo Discotheque (Whiskey Bitness)" and "Holy ... Batman" show the band taking a more rock direction, featuring guitar solos and epic choruses, but McCoy's vocal presence on these songs are reduced, making the songs less catchy.
CHECK OUT THIS TRACK: After a bad day, the twinkling optimism of "Life Goes On" featuring Oh Land will put things into perspective.
Sian Watson covers entertainment for The Associated Press. Follow her on Twitter at http://twitter.com/sianwatson