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Paradise Hotel


Download links and information about Paradise Hotel by Eliza Gilkyson. This album was released in 2005 and it belongs to Rock, Country, Songwriter/Lyricist, Contemporary Folk genres. It contains 10 tracks with total duration of 40:08 minutes.

Artist: Eliza Gilkyson
Release date: 2005
Genre: Rock, Country, Songwriter/Lyricist, Contemporary Folk
Tracks: 10
Duration: 40:08
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No. Title Length
1. Borderline 2:42
2. Paradise Hotel 4:06
3. Man of God 4:27
4. Jedidiah 3:52
5. Bellarosa 4:46
6. Think About You 3:23
7. Is It Like Today 5:49
8. Calm Before the Storm 3:50
9. Requiem 3:54
10. When You Walk On 3:19



On her last album, 2004's Land of Milk and Honey, Eliza Gilkyson, long based in Austin, Texas, made some of her most explicitly political statements and, for her trouble, earned a Grammy nomination for Best Contemporary Folk Album, as well, it seems, as critical email from some of her fans. (Like Natalie Maines of Dixie Chicks, Gilkyson seemed ashamed that the President of the U.S. was from Texas, and while she acknowledged the criticism on her website,, she also made a point of noting that 57,288,974 Americans, at the very least — the number of people who voted for Senator John Kerry for President in 2004 — were on her side.) If Land of Milk and Honey was her pre-election treatise, Paradise Hotel is, inevitably, her post-election lament, one she sings in a mature, smoky voice that is occasionally reminiscent of Emmylou Harris, three years her senior, and often of Lucinda Williams, three years her junior. True, the only explicitly political song on the album is "Man of God," an unsparing condemnation of George W. Bush that denies his claim to religious justification for his foreign and domestic policies. ("Jesus said help the poor and the weak/If he lived today he'd be a liberal freak.") But Gilkyson also finds analogous historical and spiritual subjects to get her points across. "Jedidiah 1777," based on the letters of her ancestor, Brigadier General Jedidiah Huntington, who fought in the Revolutionary War with George Washington, echoes her feelings about the Bush Administration with its criticism of "loyalists laying their money down on the king" and its statement that "if victory were just for the wealthy our noble cause wouldn't be worth the hardship we're suffering." Elsewhere, she takes a distinctly elegiac tone in the prayerful "Requiem" and "When You Walk On" (which might as well be called "When You Pass On"), the songs that end the disc. But these tracks and "Calm Before the Storm," coming just before them, offer comfort through faith and family, and it's significant that, though she covers World Party's history-of-the-world song "Is It Like Today?" (and makes it sound like one of her own tunes), she deliberately leaves off its ending, in which a frustrated God blows up the universe and starts all over again. Dire as she may consider things to be, Gilkyson makes clear in the title track that the "Paradise Hotel" is at least across the street and well within sight, even if, for the moment, its blinking sign is keeping her from getting any sleep.