paradigm | Standing In Line

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Standing In Line

by paradigm

Sarah McLachlin meets U2 alternative rock in a most contagious way.
Genre: Pop: British Pop
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Intro
0:08 $0.99
2. Last Night
4:01 $0.99
3. If Only
4:22 $0.99
4. Carry Me Away
4:06 $0.99
5. If I Cry
4:08 $0.99
6. Not the Only One
4:37 $0.99
7. Hazy Shade of Winter
2:32 $0.99
8. Want to Be
3:29 $0.99
9. Truth About a Lie
3:57 $0.99
10. Trying to Live
3:12 $0.99
11. Love Affair
4:41 $0.99
12. You Are
3:58 $0.99
13. Jimmy Williams
3:37 $0.99
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Album Notes
Powerful sonic landscapes set the mood for lyrics that explore life's bittersweet truths. paradigm's melodic alternative rock sound and live show have caught the attention of the music industry and attracted a substantial fan base since the band began its journey in Stockton in 1999. Guitarist Steve Stratton and vocalist Shannon Curtis began as a writing team early in the year and were later joined by drummer/vocalist Tony Edwards and guitarist Keith Ogden. Now, with the August 2002 release of their debut LP Standing in Line, paradigm is set to carve a significant niche in the alternative rock arena.

paradigm's female front-person sets the band apart in a genre dominated by male leads. Contrasted with the dark or angry voices often found in alternative rock music, paradigm's lead singer delivers inspiring lyrics. Through use of stories that reflect both the melancholy and hope of real life, paradigm relates familiar and thought-provoking experiences similar to those which artists such as Sarah McLachlan, U2, and The Counting Crows offer. The band's layered guitars, effects, and backing instruments, driving drums, and tight bass lines create a perfect backdrop for Curtis' gripping vocals.

paradigm received recognition early in their career when the Orange Amplifier Company selected them as grand prize winners of their Millennium Competition at the NAMM Convention in Los Angeles. After playing a live acoustic set in March of 2000 on one of Northern California's largest alternative radio stations, Stockton's B93.1, and recording a demo that included the single "You Are" later in the year, talent buyers began to notice the buzz around paradigm. Over the past two years the band has gigged consistently, opening for national acts Jennifer Knapp and Shaded Red, and generating a solid fan base in the San Francisco, Sacramento, and Davis areas. In addition to playing a wide range of local venues like San Francisco's prestigious Paradise Lounge, the G Street Pub Davis, and the Hard Rock Café Sacramento, they have traveled up and down the west coast performing at venues such as LA's world famous Whiskey-A-Go-Go and Portland's the Bitter End.



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Amy I

Two Thumbs Up
I love this CD. Her voice and the boys playing is a great combination that makes this alternative band unique.

maureen leahy

this CD is awesome, but i think i like them live better, maybe it is because of how alive the band is on stage, overall, they are rad

Heather Bruderer

Its a cd to play over and over.
I first heard "If only" on the local college radio station, and I just had to have it. Now that I have the cd, I'm just enjoying all the great music on it.

Chad Morrow

Best album ever
I saw Paradigm live and they did most of the songs from the album plus a cover of "Message in a Bottle" by the Police. They were fantastic performers. All the tracks on this album are extremely well done and very radio-friendly. The vocal track on "Trying to Live" probably should have been re-recorded but everything else is superb. If you get a chance to see Paradigm live, do it.

Score! Music Magazine

The CD is full of fun melodic rock
Shannon's voice is both warm and familiar. The music is all-at-once uplifting and sorrowful. It makes me want to cry and I can't tell you why. The music wraps you in its warmth and depth. It's so beautiful. Don't get me wrong this isn't just music for quiet introspection. The CD is full of fun melodic rock that is worthy of dancing around bedroom and singing along. I guess what I'm trying to get to is this ... There is a line in the movie Almost Famous, that says, "If you ever get lonely you can just go to the record store and visit your friends." This is that music.

Ben Grimes

Great CD
Very good CD. Some stand out tracks are Love Affair and Hazy Shade of Winter.


love it!
heard about this band/cd through the newsletter - even though it's 2 years old, the reviewer had just heard about it and recommended it. i heard some snippets and immediately ordered it, and i love it! their rendition of "hazy shade of winter" is fantastic.

Matthew Lapworth

Best new band I've heard in a long time.
Great album. I've listened to it non-stop since I got it. Especially love Hazy Shade of Winter, awesome song. Keep up the good work.


Great first effort
I learned about Paradigm through a local rag in Davis so I thought I would pick up the CD. I am impressed by the effort. I don't know about the U2 comparisons, but I do like the sound. There is some Sarah McLachlan in Paradigm, but I hear more Evanescence. But it doesn't matter what the comparisons are. The music is good and I wish Paradigm well in the future -- I'll certainly keep track of them as time progresses.