Reinvigorated and reenergized after a string of turmoil, Paper Route is back and better than ever with The Peace of Wild Things. Previous efforts were good, but not quite as good as the latest album. The production maestros are brilliant this time around with some incredible work.
Production is what Paper Route is known for and this record proves why. You can hear hundreds of records released over the past two years and you're not likely to find one that sounds like this one. The production done by Chad Howard and J.T. Daly here is inspiring. The programming is beautiful and adds a lot of texture to the music. It sounds like programming, but it doesn't feel like programming. The work with that accentuates the vocals like most programming does, but it's also a part of the music that you can connect with as a listener. There's a warmth to the sound that's original and easy to immerse yourself in.
The writing on this album is also some of the best that Paper Route has been able to do. The musical diversity combined with the overall canvas of the music is outstanding. Very few songs sound similar to each other and they all give off a different mood. "Two Hearts" is obviously a classic example of the quality of this record, but right there with it are at least four other songs, with my personal favorite being "Sugar." It's an amazing song and I promise it will have its turn on the Top 20 here.
Produced and recorded at the Joy Mansion in Nashville by the guys themselves, The Peace of Wild Things is a wonderful album. The music the band's made in the past has been good, but this is on another level. Don't miss this one.