Music Review: Gym Class Heroes – The Papercut Chronicles II

by music writer, guest blogger

Gym Class Heroes are back on the scene after their lead singer, Travie McCoy tried his hand at a solo career (and scored big with the hit “Billionaire”). The rap meets rock meets pop band are going back to their roots to remind fans who have been around since the beginning why they love them. The first single off of this disc, “Stereo Hearts” featuring Maroon’s Adam Levine, rocketed up the charts. This means that The Papercut Chronicles have big shoes to fill from new and old fans alike.

Before there were singles with Adam Levine, Gym Class Heroes had a dark side. Their first album was an intense blend of rap and rock, on this new disc they bring some of that passion and intensity back. Whereas over their other albums they have brought in their lighter side, some more pop and reggae, this album actually does touch more upon their original sound. They mix up their subject matter, guest stars and tempo, so that while it is raw and dramatic, it never comes across as such. Travie has a fun easy delivery in his rhymes, so you never feel overwhelmed.

Old fans who might have been disappointed in Gym Classes Heroes last more commercial disc will be pleased with this new offering. It live up to their standards and brings something new. Thanks to “Stereo Hearts”, Gym Class Heroes can expect many new fans to be picking up this disc as well. While some of them may be surprised that it’s not 14 tracks of the same sunshine and happiness, I think they will be pleasantly surprised by all of the talent in this little package.

Watch the video for “Stereo Hearts” now:

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