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Album Review

Taproot branch out on Blue-Sky Research, collaborating with some notable outside songwriters and tweaking the nu-metal bludgeon of their first two records for a more melodic sound. There are still gloomy hard hitters here. "Facepeeler" and "Nightmare" feature unwieldy roaring and bleak sheets of distortion that frame atmospheric stretches, making the quartet sound like ambitious but samey Deftones followers. But then there's "Violent Seas," a glimmeringly insistent modern rocker co-written with Billy Corgan. It still broods, and breaks into anxious choruses. But it's also many times more accessible than any of Taproot's previous work. Corgan also co-writes "Promise" and the rousing "Lost in the Woods," while Jonah Matranga of Far, Onelindrawing, and Gratitude helps out on "Calling." The assistance is a plus for Taproot. The songs still deal with bitter stuff like loneliness, obsession, and hearts being ripped from inside chests, and all the bellowing, brooding, and thick chording gets a little formulaic. But even without the hired guns Blue-Sky Research is the most dynamic Taproot album yet (the self-penned "So Eager" proves that), and the album's heightened textures and less predictable turns successfully updates the band's sound. By easing up on the plodding drudgery and letting Stephen Richards sing in a voice that sounds more like his own, Taproot start to suggest moody but readily accessible post-grunge acts like Breaking Benjamin or Three Days Grace instead of the tired nu-metal past.

Customer Reviews

Its good, no doubt about it.

When I first heard Taproot I liked them on the first album GIFT. I went off the boil a bit with the second album WELCOME it sounded over-produced? I went through the motions anyway and bought BLUE SKY RESEARCH and heard it once and thought hmmm theres about three really good songs on this album and the best being LOST IN THE WOODS. I put the cd in the car and over the next two weeks every song wormed their way in to my head intoxicating me forcing me to sing one line from a song over and over again without my knowing but much to everyone elses annoyance. I felt myself turning the whole album up loud and bringing it back into the house for extended listens. BLUE SKY RESEARCH became my best friend. BLUE SKY RESEARCH told me to give WELCOME another go and I did and the same process happened again. To make sense of this I can only say that as a band it just shows that TAPROOT have progressed and dared to be different by creating good songs that together combine to make great albums. It would be so easy to say that BLUE SKY RESEARCH is no where near as good as GIFT but thats the wrong way of looking at it. This is a different sound by the same band and if you open up and let it in you to will reap the rewards.

Possibly the best album yet!

After hearing some poor reviews on this album, and almost no publicity regarding it's release, i was a little worried, but this effort is just as strong as their last albums! True, it is more melodic, and the odd-tempo rythms aren't there anymore, but the music still has a great edge to it!! Songs like 'lost in the woods' and 'forever endeavor' are possibly the best work that Taproot have ever produced! I really would recommend this album to anyone whole likes Taproot or a good bit of metal! GET IT NOW!!

blue sky

I loved the last two albums by them ,but this one took me time to get into ,now i think its their best!! songs like promise ,birthday ,lost in the woods are just so uplifting and powerful just a great album well done boys


Formed: 1997 in Ann Arbor, MI

Genre: Alternative

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

Ann Arbor, MI's own Taproot sent their demo to Limp Bizkit's frontman/business entrepreneur Fred Durst in 1998, not ever thinking Durst would call them back personally. To the band's surprise, Durst replied, promising the alt-punk metal quartet the world. But Durst apparently took too long to deliver the goods, for Taproot -- whose lineup comprised frontman Stephen Richards, guitarist Michael DeWolf, bassist Philip Lipscomb, and drummer Jarrod Montague -- landed a deal with Atlantic Records instead....
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Blue-Sky Research, Taproot
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  • £8.99
  • Genres: Rock, Music, Alternative, Hard Rock, Metal
  • Released: 15 August 2005

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