Hotel Paper

Music review by
Kathi Kamen Goldmark, Common Sense Media
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Sweet, well-produced CD could use a shot of fun.

Parents say

age 8+
Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 10+
Based on 6 reviews

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this music.

Positive Messages

Repeated themes of giving it up for love grow weary after a while


No violence here.


No explicit sex, lots of angst and teenage longing.


No obscene words.


Apparent tie-in with aol, as there are three [email protected] live performances on the enhanced CD.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Unless you count obsessive love, there are no drug (or alcohol) references.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this album could inspire conversations about being in love, longing for the beloved's attention, and exactly how far one might go to get it.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byjumpinbini April 9, 2008
This is a great album to have, there's no bad language or sexuality, it's just honest, laid back music. It includes a lot of guitar and one song with... Continue reading
Adult Written byChariot April 9, 2008
Pretty good cd. Not outstanding but good. Clean.
Teen, 15 years old Written byfashionmodelgurl November 13, 2011

Love her!

I absolutely love her music! She has her own different style which I just adore and can't get out of my head! She seems to always sing about love, but in a... Continue reading
Teen, 15 years old Written byPuppygal32 April 23, 2010

Great for Tweens!

Great album for tweens to listen to. Michelle Branch has a beautiful voice and is a great pop artist.

What's the story?

HOTEL PAPER, Michelle Branch's follow-up to her platinum debut album, The Spirit Room, includes the featured track \"Are You Happy Now?\" and is enhanced with six videos -- from both the studio and live performances from [email protected]. There's also a Michelle Branch photo gallery, so fans have a lot to sink their teeth into. The songs are well produced and well crafted. Shining moments are \"Love Me Like That\" (a duet with Sheryl Crow) and \"Breathe,\" hailed by many reviewers as the next hit. The overall message is that of a bittersweet look inside a young girl's heart. If a little bland, it's also nicely delivered, and feels authentic enough.

Is it any good?

The music showcases Branch's voice and her acoustic guitar playing. Both are consistently lovely, if unremarkable. The album's greatest weakness is monotony -- both in the music and in the message; the songs all start sounding and feeling the same after a while, less carefree than some of her previous work. Would it be so terrible if this extremely talented, attractive, and successful young musician seemed to be having a little more fun? Where's Carlos Santana when we need him?

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about love and relationships -- no doubt a topic of interest for teens. Include discussions about why it's important to keep a strong sense of your own self when you're involved with someone.

Music details

  • Artist: Michelle Branch
  • Release date: June 23, 2003
  • Label: Maverick
  • Genre: Pop
  • Parental advisory: No
  • Edited version available: No
  • Last updated: August 11, 2015

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