With the exception of the layered, Pet Sounds-esque opening track (the lovely "Like Wind Like Rain"), Flash Paper Queen: The 4-Track Demos features skeletal, home-recorded versions of the ten songs that ultimately became the Flash Paper Queen album. Penned and performed by Doug Kabourek (aka Fizzle Like a Flood), these deliberately lo-fi recordings capture the naked emotion of his tunes, proving that the essential content of his material can be conveyed with just a voice and a guitar. Interestingly, there's little variation in sonic quality between the songs that were recorded on an eight-track and those that were played into a cheap mono tape recorder, but Kabourek works well within limitations; armed only with an endearingly untrained voice and some basic chords, he delivers his quirky but earnest indie pop songs quite effectively.
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AllMusic Review by Andy Hinds