This is an Enhanced CD, which contains both regular audio tracks and multimedia computer files.
Personnel: Michelle Branch (vocals, acoustic guitar, percussion); Sheryl Crow (vocals); Greg Wells (guitar, piano, Wurlitzer piano, organ, bass); John Leventhal (guitar, keyboards, bass); John Shanks (guitar, bass); Dave Navarro (guitar); Stuart Smith (mandolin); Ollie Goldstein (piano, keyboards, programming); Josh Abraham (keyboards, programming); Jamie Muhoberac, Patrick Warren (keyboards); Paul Bushell, Chris Chaney, Mike Elizondo, Dan Rothchild (bass); Kenny Aronoff, Brian McLeod, Shawn Pelton (drums); Luis Conte, Rick Depofi, Chris Reynolds (percussion); Jessica Harp (background vocals).
Producers: John Shanks, John Leventhal, Josh Abraham, Greg Wells.
Recorded at Henson Recording Studios, NRG Recording Studios and Rocket Carousel Studios, Los Angeles, California, and New York Noise, New York, New York.
"Are You Happy Now?" was nominated for the 2004 Grammy Award for Best Female Rock Vocal Performance.
Personnel: Michelle Branch (guitar, acoustic guitar, percussion); Greg Wells (guitar, piano, organ, Wurlitzer organ); John Leventhal (guitar, keyboards); Dave Navarro, John Shanks (guitar); Stuart Smith (mandolin); Josh Abraham (keyboards, programming); Jamie Muhoberac, Patrick Warren (keyboards); Brian McCleod, Kenny Aronoff , Shawn Pelton (drums); Luis Conte, Rick DePofi (percussion).
Audio Mixers: Chris Lord-Alge; Jim Scott ; Josh Abraham; Roger Moutenot.
Recording information: Henson Recording Studios, Hollywood, CA; New York Noise, NY; NRG Recording Studios, North Hollywood, CA; Ocean Way Recording, Hollywood, CA; Rocket Carousel Studio, Los Angeles, CA.
Photographer: Sheryl Nields.
When Michelle Branch emerged with her hit debut album in 2001 she was just 17 years old. Having successfully managed the transition into her twenties, she sounds even more confident on the follow-up HOTEL PAPER. This is an album of panoramic pop; even though many of the songs here are based around simple guitar licks and sharp rhythms, most of them burst out into widescreen production by the time the chorus kicks in. "Are You Happy Now?" incorporates a percolating drum-and-bass feel (of the electronica variety) with anthemic rock guitar. Achieving a similar mix-and-match production effect, tricky acoustic guitar licks rub shoulders with snappy drum loops on "Love Me Like That," which features a guest appearance from Sheryl Crow.
HOTEL PAPER is essentially a pop-rock album with some power-ballad tendencies. Nevertheless, the twangy, chugging "Breathe" is not the Faith Hill hit of the same name but could find its way onto a Hill or Shania album with no trouble at all, indicative of the inherent stylistic malleability of Branch's all-purpose songwriting.