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Paper Empire is the seventh studio album by the New Orleans-based rock trio Better Than Ezra, released on May 12, 2009, through Red Distribution. It is the first album to feature new drummer Michael Jerome following the departure of former drummer Travis McNabb in February 2009 after 13 years with Better Than Ezra.[3] Album art and packaging designed by Lorin Brown at One & Done Studio

Paper Empire
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Studio album by
ReleasedMay 12, 2009
GenreAlternative rock
LabelMRI/Megaforce Records
ProducerWarren Huart, Kevin Griffin
Better Than Ezra chronology
Before the Robots
Paper Empire
All Together Now
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic3.5/5 stars[1]



Better Than Ezra vocalist Kevin Griffin co-wrote nine of the twelve songs on Paper Empire.[3] Griffin co-wrote four songs with songwriter busbee, who also wrote the Rascal Flatts single "Summer Nights".[3] The track "Hey Love" was co-written by Griffin and country music songwriter Monty Powell.[3]

"Absolutely Still", the album's first single, was co-written with Val Emmich, whose version of the song appears on the Emmich's album "Sunlight Searchparty".[3] However, Emmich departed his label, Epic Records, before "Sunlight Searchparty" was released.[3] Griffin decided that "Absolutely Still" had potential and re-recorded it with Better Than Ezra for the album.[3]

"Just One Day" and "Fit" were also co-written with singer-songwriter Jeremy Lister.[3] Lister's versions of the songs appear on his 2007 debut album, Just One Day EP, released by Warner Bros. Records.[3]

The track "All In" was written by James Bourne, a former member of the guitar-pop band Busted (who also performs back-up vocals on the track).[4]

Track listingEdit

All lyrics and music by Kevin Griffin, except where noted.

1."Absolutely Still"Val Emmich 3:58
2."Turn Up the Bright Lights"Michelle LewisGriffin, busbee3:38
3."Just One Day"Griffin, Kelli Anne OwensGriffin, Johnny Lee Andrews, Jeremy Lister4:02
4."The Loveless"  4:24
5."All In"James BourneGriffin, busbee3:28
6."Fit" Griffin, Lister3:56
7."Hell No!"  3:04
8."Hey Love" Griffin, Monty Powell4:19
9."Nightclubbing"Jeff Tucker, Griffin 3:24
10."Black Light" Griffin, busbee3:33
11."Wounded" Griffin, busbee4:41
12."I Just Knew"  4:47
Total length:47:14



  1. ^ AllMusic review
  2. ^ JustPressPlay review
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Better Than Ezra frontman Kevin Griffin's move colors new 'Paper Empire'". The Times-Picayune. 2009-05-28. Retrieved 2009-06-19.
  4. ^ [1]

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