Paper Tigers

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Paper Tigers
Studio album by Caesars
Released April 26, 2005
Recorded 2003-2004
Genre Indie rock
Length 47:33
Label Toshiba-EMI (Japan)
VJCP 68748

Virgin CDVIR219 (UK)
Astralwerks ASW 60828 (US)
Producer Joakim Åhlund, Michael H. Brauer
Caesars chronology
39 Minutes of Bliss (In An Otherwise Meaningless World)
(2003)
Paper Tigers
(2005)
Strawberry Weed
(2008)

Paper Tigers is the fourth album by the Swedish band Caesars, released on April 26, 2005. The album was released on Virgin in the United Kingdom, Astralwerks in the United States and Toshiba-EMI in Japan.[1] The album contains the re-release of the song "Jerk It Out."

Recording[edit]

Recording for Paper Tigers first began in the winter of 2003 at Silence Studio. The sessions then moved to Joakim Åhlund's Decibel Studio, in Stockholm. The album was mixed in New York by Michael Brauer.[2]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Joakim Åhlund unless otherwise noted. 

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Spirit"   Joakim Åhlund, Nino Keller 4:51
2. "It's Not the Fall That Hurts"     2:49
3. "Out There"   César Vidal 3:03
4. "Jerk It Out"     3:17
5. "May the Rain"     3:08
6. "My Heart Is Breaking Down"   Max Group 2:35
7. "Paper Tigers"     3:58
8. "Your Time Is Near"     4:49
9. "Throwaway"   Joakim Åhlund, César Vidal 2:49
10. "Winter Song"     3:05
11. "We Got to Leave"     3:23
12. "Soul Chaser"     4:13
13. "Good and Gone"     3:02
14. "(I'm Gonna) Kick You Out (bonus track on certain editions)"     2:50

Personnel[edit]

The following people contributed to Paper Tiger:[3]

Caesars[edit]

  • César Vidal – lead vocals, guitar
  • Joakim Åhlund – audio Production, guitar, mixing, producer
  • Nino Keller – Drums, vocals
  • David Lindquist – bass guitar

Additional personnel[edit]

  • Hector Araya – strings
  • Chris Athens – mastering
  • Michael Brauer – mixing
  • Lasse Mårtén – engineer
  • Kristoffer Nergårdh – piano
  • Pontus Olsson – engineer
  • Ismail Samie – A&R
  • Fredrik Wennerlund – photography
  • Björn Yttling – Farfisa organ, phillycorda

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2.5/5 stars link
Entertainment Weekly (A) link
The Guardian 4/5 stars link
Pitchfork Media (4.9/10) link
PopMatters (5/10) link
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars Archived October 2, 2007 at the Wayback Machine

Paper Tigers has received mixed to positive reviews. On the review aggregate site Metacritic, the album has a 63 out of 100, indicating "Generally favorable reviews."[4]

David Browne of Entertainment Weekly gave the album an A grade, writing that the album was "one meaty, vigorous track after another of modern-Mersey-beat pop..." Browne concluded his review with: "All retro rock should sound this good."[5] In another positive review, The Guardian's Dave Simpson wrote that Paper Tigers "is a treasure waiting to be found by the rest of us," and called the album "simultaneously ecstatic and melancholy."[6]

On the other hand, Allmusic's Heather Phares criticized the album, writing that beyond "Jerk It Out," "It's Not the Fall That Hurts" and "Soulchaser," there were not many other memorable songs on the album.[7] Stephen Haag of Popmatters also criticized the album's lack of memorable tracks, writing "If folks are purchasing Paper Tigers expecting a dozen more tunes like 'Jerk It Out'... they’ll soon find that Caesars is guilty of bait-and-switch."[8] In another mixed review, Marc Hogan of Pitchfork Media described the album as "...one or two decent singles surrounded by a bunch of mediocre-or-worse filler."[9]

Singles[edit]

  • "We Got To Leave" - released February 16, 2005.[10]
This single has been featured on iPod shuffle advertisements, the British television series "Teachers" and on the video games "FIFA Football 2004", SSX 3, and as downloadable content for Rock Band 3.
CD DINSD274: "Jerk It Out" / "The Longer We Stay Together"
"7" DINS274: "Jerk It Out" / "Up All Night"

Charts[edit]

Album[edit]

Chart (2005) Peak
position
US Heatseekers 44[11]

Singles[edit]

Year Song Peak positions
UK
[12]
US Alt
[11]
US Adult Top 40
[11]
European Hot 100
[11]
2005 "We Got to Leave"
2005 "Jerk It Out" 8 40 38 20
"—" denotes releases that did not chart.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Paper Tigers - Caesars. Allmusic. Retrieved 13 July 2011.
  2. ^ CAESARS Press at the Wayback Machine (archived November 30, 2005). caesarsweb.com. Retrieved 14 July 2011.
  3. ^ Paper Tigers - Credits. Allmusic. Retrieved 23 June 2011
  4. ^ Critic Reviews for Paper Tiger. Metacritic. Retrieved 21 June 2011
  5. ^ Browne, David. Paper Tigers Review. Entertainment Weekly. 18 April 2005. Retrieved 23 June 2011
  6. ^ Simpson, Dave. The Caesars, Paper Tigers. The Guardian. 9 December 2005. Retrieved 23 June 2011
  7. ^ Phares, Heather. Paper Tigers - Caesars. Allmusic. Retrieved 23 June 2011
  8. ^ Haag, Stephen. Caesars: Paper Tigers. Popmatters. 2 May 2005. Retrieved 23 June 2011
  9. ^ Hogan, Marc. Album Reviews: Caesars: Paper Tigers. Pitchfork Media. 5 May 2005. Retrieved 23 June 2011
  10. ^ We Got to Leave - Single. iTunes. Retrieved 21 June 2011
  11. ^ a b c d "Paper Tigers - Caesars". Billboard.com. Retrieved 21 June 2011. 
  12. ^ CAESARS. The Official Chart Company. Retrieved 21 June 2011

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