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Lovehatetragedy

Papa Roach

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Album Review

Within the context of its times, lovehatetragedy is a gamble of sorts, as Papa Roach abandons their affiliation with rock/rap fusion (except for one highly effective moment on "She Loves Me Not") and hies back to their original pure metal- and punk-inflected hard rock stance. Lead singer Coby Dick certifies the change by reverting to his birth name, Jacoby Shaddix, but in other respects his performance sticks to its formula of gut-busting delivery and lyrics whose candor can get a little embarrassing. On "Decompression Period," for instance, he essentially tells his band as well as his beleaguered wife that he's sick of being around them, while "Decompression Period" sounds even less optimistic about what lies ahead. A few tracks, most notably "Singular Indestructible Droid," struggle toward metaphor, with mixed results. What can't be denied is that Shaddix's woes connect directly to a large and equally confused audience, and that nobody this side of Kurt Cobain communicates them with as much power. As always, his message rides a turbulent current of guitar/bass riffs whose militaristic precision only enhances their intensity. The loosest thing on the album is "Gouge Away," a concise jam on a Pixies chestnut with an unguarded vocal coda that suggests Shaddix may allow himself to enjoy a bright moment every now and then. [The UK edition appends the video for "She Loves Me Not" to the end of the album.] ~ Robert L. Doerschuk, Rovi

Customer Reviews

Under Rated!

A lot of people say this is a bad album but it really isn't!! Ok it isnt as good as the other 2 but its got some great songs on it that are extremely catchy and well written by Jacoby Shaddix in his darkest period of writing. The progression is clear you can start to hear the rock influences mixed with the Metal straight away from the first track which explodes straight in to the album. This is papa roach's middle stage between Rock and Metal, and is pulled off very well. You can tell from the titles of the songs, that the lyrics and emotional content is very dark. Which a lot of people can relate to without wanting to commit suicide, because its not a depressing album. Buy it! It's well worth listening to.

One Of The Most Overlooked Albums?

To be honest, I own all papa roach albums and this to me is by far the best as well as the darkest album the band have released. The two outstanding singles are what turned me on to the album but once i bought it more and more songs appear. Fair enough they are not as catchy as the other albums but there is more depth to the lyrics and strays more from the Nu metal scene. If people take the time to buy this album and listen to it a few time, most will agree with me. A few stand out songs would be She Loves Me Not, Singular Indestructibal Droid, Lovehatetragedy and Time And TIme Again but the rest of the album is excellent

Sheer Addictive Brilliance

There are many people out there who say this album is a low point of their career but I disagree entirely. I am hooked to this album and am at a loss to understand what is wrong with it. The screaming in parts of the songs, most notably the chorus of S.I.D (Singular Indestructable Droid) works very well, and there is not a bad song on the album (All having at least 4 stars on my iPod) I particularly think that M-80, Born With Nothing, Die With Everything, She Loves Me Not and S.I.D are excellent, but all of the songs are very good. A must-have for everyone, especially the bonus version of the album.

Biography

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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