The Papercut Chronicles II

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The Papercut Chronicles II
Studio album by Gym Class Heroes
Released November 15, 2011[1]
Recorded 2009–11
Genre Pop rap, alternative hip hop, rap rock
Length 43:29
Label Warner Bros., Decaydance, Fueled by Ramen
Producer Pete Wentz (exec.), Emile, Benny Blanco, Robopop, Noel Zancanella, Ryan Tedder
Gym Class Heroes chronology
The Quilt
(2008)
The Papercut Chronicles II
(2011)
Singles from The Papercut Chronicles II
  1. "Stereo Hearts"
    Released: June 14, 2011
  2. "Ass Back Home"
    Released: November 1, 2011
  3. "The Fighter"
    Released: May 31, 2012
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic (53/100)[2]
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[3]
Artistdirect 5/5 stars[4]
Audiopinions 7.5/10[5]
Entertainment Weekly B[6]
HitFix B[7]
IGN 7/10[8]
Metromix 3.5/5 stars[9]
Rate Your Music 2/5 stars[10]
Rolling Stone 1.5/5 stars[11]
USA Today 3/4 stars[12]

The Papercut Chronicles II is the fifth studio album by Gym Class Heroes. It was released through Decaydance Records, Warner Bros. Records and Fueled by Ramen on November 15, 2011. It serves as a sequel to the second album The Papercut Chronicles (2005). The album has sold 88,000 copies in the United States.

Singles[edit]

Promotional singles[edit]

  • The album's first promotional single, "Life Goes On" featuring Oh Land was released for download via iTunes on October 18, 2011.

Reception[edit]

Reception of The Papercut Chronicles II has been mixed. Kyle Anderson of Entertainment Weekly opined that while the album "too often chokes on revved-up aggro crunch and laughable lyrical raging against the machine, it works when they jettison their limp rap-rock instincts and plunge into crossover pop like the haunting 'Life Goes On' and stealthily sincere 'Ass Back Home'."[6] Gregory Heaney of Allmusic noted that The Papercut Chronicles II will come as a "blast from the past" for the band's fans, adding that songs such as "Lazarus, Ze Gitan" and "Solo Discotheque (Whiskey Bitness)" feature the "infectious and highly polished sound that has made the quartet the pop/rap/punk crossover triple threat that it's grown into over the years."[3] In a highly negative review of the record, Jody Rosen of Rolling Stone gave the record one and a half stars out of five, calling it "the year's most charmless album" and referring to McCoy as a "laughably inept MC".[11]

Track listing[edit]

The track listing for all versions of The Papercut Chronicles II is as follows:[13]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Za Intro"   Travie McCoy, Disashi Lumumba-Kasongo, Eric Roberts, Matt McGinley 1:33
2. "Martyrial Girl$"   McCoy, Lumumba-Kasongo, Roberts, McGinley 3:37
3. "Life Goes On" (featuring Oh Land) McCoy, Lumumba-Kasongo, Roberts, McGinley, Annie Clark, Emile Haynie 4:12
4. "Stereo Hearts" (featuring Adam Levine) McCoy, Lumumba-Kasongo, Roberts, McGinley, Adam Levine, Benjamin Levin, Brandon Lowry, Ammar Malik, Dan Omelio 3:31
5. "Solo Discotheque (Whiskey Bitness)"   McCoy, Lumumba-Kasongo, Roberts, McGinley, Tyler Pursel 4:02
6. "Holy Horseshit, Batman!!"   McCoy, Lumumba-Kasongo, Roberts, McGinley, Haynie, Nate Ruess 3:41
7. "Ass Back Home" (featuring Neon Hitch) McCoy, Lumumba-Kasongo, Roberts, McGinley, Levin, Malik, Omelio, David Silberstein 3:42
8. "Nil-Nil-Draw"   McCoy, Lumumba-Kasongo, Roberts, McGinley, Pursel 3:15
9. "Lazarus, Ze Gitan"   McCoy, Lumumba-Kasongo, Roberts, McGinley 3:51
10. "The Fighter" (featuring Ryan Tedder) McCoy, Lumumba-Kasongo, Roberts, McGinley, Ryan Tedder, Noel Zancanella 3:49
11. "Kid Nothing and the Never-Ending Naked Nightmare"   McCoy, Lumumba-Kasongo, Roberts, McGinley 8:23
Total length:
43:29
  • The song "Kid Nothing and the Never-Ending Naked Nightmare" itself ends at 3:53. There is then a few minutes of silence, then at 7:07 a hidden track outro starts, which involves a computerized voice asking what the listener thought about the album, then going off into random tangents.

Charts[edit]

Chart (2011) Peak
position
UK Albums Chart[15] 95
UK R&B Albums Chart[16] 10
US Billboard 200 54
US Billboard Top Rap Albums 10

Release history[edit]

Region Date Format Label
United States November 15, 2011[1] CD, digital download Fueled by Ramen
United Kingdom February 27, 2012[14] Fueled by Ramen, Atlantic Records

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Gym Class Heroes – The Papercut Chronicles IIwww.hitfix.com. Retrieved on November 7, 2011.
  2. ^ "The Papercut Chronicles II – Gym Class Heroes". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved December 25, 2011. 
  3. ^ a b Heaney, Gregory. The Papercut Chronicles II at AllMusic
  4. ^ Florino, Rick (November 20, 2011). "The Papercut Chronicles II". Artistdirect. Retrieved 2011-11-24. 
  5. ^ Williford, Ryan (November 22, 2011). "Gym Class Heroes". Audiopinions. Retrieved 2011-11-22. 
  6. ^ a b Anderson, Kyle (November 20, 2011). "The Papercut Chronicles II". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 2011-11-20. 
  7. ^ Newman, Melinda (November 14, 2011). "The Papercut Chronicles II". Hitfix. Retrieved 2011-11-20. 
  8. ^ Grischow, Chad (November 17, 2011). "The Papercut Chronicles II". IGN. Retrieved 2011-11-20. 
  9. ^ Miller, Kirk (November 20, 2011). "The Papercut Chronicles II". Metromix. Retrieved 2011-11-20. 
  10. ^ ., nibbish (November 20, 2011). "The Papercut Chronicles II". Rate Your Music. Retrieved 2011-11-20. 
  11. ^ a b Rosen, Jody (November 20, 2011). "Gym Class Heroes The Papercut Chronicles II". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2011-11-20. 
  12. ^ Mansfield, Brian (November 15, 2011). "Gym Class Heroes, The Papercut Chronicles II". USA Today. Retrieved 2013-08-30. 
  13. ^ "Gym Class Heroes: The Papercut Chronicles II Tracklist '". Fueled By Ramen. October 19, 2011. Retrieved 2011-11-07. 
  14. ^ a b "The Papercut Chronicles II: Gym Class Heroes: Amazon.co.uk: Music". Amazon.co.uk. February 27, 2012. Retrieved 2012-02-25. 
  15. ^ http://www.officialcharts.com/archive-chart/_/3/2012-03-10//
  16. ^ http://www.theofficialcharts.com/r-and-b-albums-chart/