16 Songs, 55 Minutes


A dose of raw guitar raises their surging, soaring anthems.


A dose of raw guitar raises their surging, soaring anthems.


Ratings and Reviews

4.9 out of 5
67 Ratings
67 Ratings
Delta don

Real Emotion, Real Art, Real Good

The wait is over. Here is a beautiful and poetic work of art from start to finish. Its genuine, sincere, and rich. If you don't feel things listening to this album, then contact a medical professional. A well crafted collection of songs that are just as rich lyrically as they are musically. A criminally underrated band. Immerse yourself in this experience as soon as you can.

Turn off the phone, plug in some head phones* and get lost in the Real Emotion.

*or just play it really loud


Best kept secret

Paper Route is astoundingly one of the best kept secrets in the music industry. If there is any justice left in this crazy, upside down world, that will change with this latest album release. From start to finish, Real Emotion is an immersive, full spectrum experience of, well, real emotions. Almost a study in contradictions, it's exhilarating and calming, hopeful and heartbreaking, raw and polished--it feels complete, while leaving you wanting more. With mind blowing vocals (seriously, JT Daly's range and falsetto will knock you out) and complex yet completely accessible instrumentation (the guitar is beyond awesome), you will be totally baffled how this group of three of the most humble and genuine artists you could ever hope to meet have managed to fly under the radar for so long. So do yourself a favor and experience Real Emotion and then check out their first two full album releases, Absence and The Peace of Wild Things. It's all so good.

Isaac Hark

Album of the year!

Paper Route has finally released their third album, Real Emotion, and it has been worth the wait. With new member Nick Aranda in tow, Paper Route fills their latest with highlights throughout the album. My personal favorites are Pretend, Untitled, Real Emotion and Vanisher. But, IMHO there is not a bad song on the album. JT Daly's voice soars throughout the entire record!

About Paper Route

Blending digital-age pop/rock with ambient electronics, Nashville's Paper Route got their start in the summer of 2004, when founder Chad Howat began assembling tracks in the middle of the night in an attempt to battle his insomnia. Encouraged by his creations, he recruited friends and former bandmates J.T. Daly and Andy Smith to collaborate on this new work. Following some further contributions, the trio soon completed enough material for a pair of EPs that they released in late 2006. By this time they'd attracted the attention of Universal Records and, with their help, landed a few key song placements, most notably on the WB's One Tree Hill and the film (500) Days of Summer. Just prior to the release of Absence, their 2009 full-length debut, drummer Gavin McDonald joined the band. The album made a decent showing, rising to number 13 on Billboard's Heatseekers chart as Paper Route hit the road touring with acts like Paramore, Phantom Planet, and Passion Pit.

As they began to ready their follow-up, it was announced that Smith had left Paper Route, again reducing them to a trio. The Peace of Wild Things, the band's sophomore LP, was released in September 2012 and this time cracked the Billboard Top 200. They spent much of 2013 on tour, joining acts like Imagine Dragons and Anberlin, and late in the year they released a pair of singles covering both Lorde's "Royals" and Destiny's Child's "Say My Name." By 2014, McDonald had parted ways with the band, leaving Howat and Daly to issue their next single, 2015's "Zhivago," as a duo. Later that year, after welcoming new member Nick Aranda into the group, Paper Route announced they had signed to Sony imprint Kemosabe Records, which would be releasing their next LP. Their first output for Kemosabe, "Laugh About It," arrived in February 2016. That single appeared on the band's third LP, Real Emotion, which was released in September 2016. ~ Timothy Monger & Kenyon Hopkin

Nashville, TN




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