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Album Review

Having long ago dumped the tired rap-rock format of their early work, Papa Roach continues attempting to reinvent the hard rock wheel on 2006's The Paramour Sessions. Unfortunately, while the band seems to be aiming for Mötley Crüe's Theatre of Pain, the results sound something more akin to a nu-metal version of Loverboy's Keep It Up. These are boisterous, brash, and in-yo-face tracks that really want to convince you they have the goods. And sure, the band does evince a kind of Technicolor, Sunset Strip club, cocaine-line-on-a-Marshall-stack vibe, but mostly the songs just ain't there. Admittedly, "The World Around You" has a catchy chorus and "Time Is Running Out" is a suitably anthemic pop tune. However, while Papa Roach makes a lot of gestures toward rock & roll suicide on The Paramour Sessions, the album ends up being a lot like lead singer Jacoby Shaddix's confession of "I've got a jet black heart, it's all f*cked up and it's falling apart" on "...To Be Loved." It sounds a lot cooler than it actually is. [The 2006 Universal edition features the bonus track "Scars [Live and Murderous in Chicago]."]

Customer Reviews

I Love Jacoby Shadixxxxxx

this is a five star album for sure!! i cant get over it! so many awsumly kewl albums released but this is by far the best!* You HAVE TO check out forever, time is running out, i devise my own demise and of course to be their old songs like Take Me and Last Resort as well!!!! just buy the lot!! and why has the price come down?? i dont understand the logic in that but who am i to complain on the best deal of the best album :)

Best album

I love this album, I've had it in my car for the last 5 weeks and never get sick of it. Thank god for the wwe, for introducing me to Papa Roach.

Papa Roach's Best

Head and shoulders above infest
Songs like My Heart is a fist and i devise my own demise make this album the best on itunes.
Reccomend it be bought, i picked it up from a shop and havent regretted it.


Formed: 1993 in Vacaville, CA

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Starting out as a punk- and rap-influenced band, the Northern California group Papa Roach eventually grew into a straight-ahead hard rock ensemble with strong heavy metal leanings. Consisting of Coby Dick, Jerry Horton, Dave Buckner, and Tobin Esperance, Papa Roach formed in 1993 and began releasing EPs soon after, including 1994's Potatoes for Christmas and 1995's Caca Bonita. By 1996, the group had replaced original bassist Will James with Esperance and hired a new...
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