Theoretically, Born On A Slippery Slope should be a very good song
indeed, no necessary components play truant. Perfect pop vocal hooks, angry
synths and scything OK Computer-esque guitar riffs. It's all there. But for
reasons beyond me, something just isn't quite right.
Paper Cuts sound like a lo-fi, rather pissed off Killers, with a vocalist who wants to
be feral Vines frontman, Craig
Nicholls. Born On A Slippery slope is rampant-tastic but Paper Cuts seem to
be ever so slightly too eager in the delivery of the song, and the relative
inexperience of the band becomes apparent.
B-side Stand Up Be Counted is further demonstration, if it were needed,
that Paper Cuts have a lot to offer and are most definitely one to keep a
very close eye on - not least because if you don't they will force their way
to a place in your soul as their brutish don't-give-a-fuck delivery becomes
more and more lovable with every listen.