Initial Reviews of “Paper Cuts”

DFW.com:

From its opening notes, Paper Cuts kicks the gate open and doesn’t let up for a dozen tracks, none of which clocks in at more than four minutes. That these songs are irresistible hunks of power-pop is not particularly surprising — before taking on the Blurries moniker, this trio (Andy Lester, Bill Spellman and Joey Shanks) made music as Slider Pines, another underappreciated Dallas institution. But given the sparkling presentation here (courtesy of Valve Studios’ Casey Dilorio), the Blurries won’t be a mystery for much longer…

The Dallas Observer:

The album doesn’t get much better than it does on opening cut “Little Marie,” with its start-stop chorus and showcasing of Shanks’ impressive upper-register timbre. But it doesn’t get much worse, either, resulting in a cohesive album that compels for its entire 35-minute run time…

DMagazine.com:

Various shades of rock ’n’ roll blend together somewhat seamlessly on [The Blurries'] new album, Paper Cuts. “Little Marie” gives the guys a kickoff song for a future arena gig, “Your Love” finds them burning one for Tom Petty, and “Clear” pays homage – intentionally or otherwise – to salad-daze R.E.M. (pause to empty 40-ounce). The thing that keeps popping up on this record, though, is the band’s jones for psych-‘60s harmonies…

Side One: Track One:

From the first notes of that distinct 12 string guitar jangle, I fell hard into guitar pop bliss. The band describes their sound as “janglecore” or “jangle with angles,” and if you’re feeling nostalgic for early REM, the Blurries might help ease your pain about their breakup…