Taproot
Blue-Sky Research


3.0
good

Review

by MM23 USER (2 Reviews)
January 24th, 2006 | 26 replies


Release Date: 2005 | Tracklist


Taproot. A name that brings many, many people to anger and hatred. Why do people hate this band so much? Maybe because they're pretty popular? Maybe because they're a bit of an MTV-whore band? Well, as true as that might be, I have been a Taproot fan since I made my first baby steps into real music. I eventually moved on to bigger and better things such as Opeth, Kalmah, and In Flames, but I will never forget the few amazing Nu-metal bands that started me out on my journey into metal. So why should you?

Blue-Sky Research, although undoubtably not Taproot's best work, is an unbelievably catchy album. Not on par with songs like Smile and Time from previous albums, but damn catchy regardless. The melodies and choruses really, really blend together amazingly in this album. More so than I think in any previous Taproot work.

Even if you hate Taproot with a passion, you cannot deny the talent in some of these songs. Sure, they do what just about every other Nu-metal band has done since the genre was in it's infancy---heavily distorted guitar, layered vocals, a mixture of clean and screaming vocals, etc. etc. etc. The list could go on. But what makes Taproot so innovative is how amazingly well they pull it off.

Lineup
Steve Richards - vocals
Mike DeWolf - guitar
Phil Lipscomb - bass
Jarrod Montague - drums

The album opens with the song I Will Not Fall For You, which in truth, doesn't really stick out from the rest of the album very well. A pretty boring song, with heavily distorted vocals consisting of a chorus where Steven rambles about... something. I honestly don't know. They could have done a bit better for first impressions, but all in all, it's not an awful song.
3/5

Next up is the song Violent Seas, which captures more of what I think makes this album great. You can tell, from this song, how much Taproot's sound has matured from previous albums. A very neatly organized blend of mixed clean/screamed vocals, with a pretty catchy chorus. Good song.
3.5/5

Then we have Birthday. Hmm. Mixed feelings on this song, truthfully. It's a good song---but like I Will Not Fall For You, it just doesn't really stick out from the better songs on that album. The chorus is maybe a slight bit better than the aforementioned song, but nothing that really impresses me. Decent song.
3/5

Why, hello there, Facepeeler! How are you today? Oh, thanks for the musical blowjob!

Yeah. Put simply, this song is plain ass-kickery. The first 45 seconds of the song is nothing special---just this weird noise buildup thing you have to sit through. Boring. But, once the actual song comes into play, holy ***. Amazing intro, amazing vocals, amazing blend of the soft, clean parts--and then the heavy, screamed parts. Really, really catchy chorus. Hell, really good song. In fact, I think it's probably the third best on the album.
5/5

Calling. Taproot's rise to fame, their most popular song from this album, and probably their most popular song period. Is it any good? Well... yes, but not as good as some of the other songs on the album. It sticks out quite a bit more than the first three tracks, but it doesn't shine as much as other songs on the album. It's got a great intro, great vocals, and a really, really catchy chorus (Am I the only one who has been walking around randomly blaring out "I'M C-C-C-CALLINGGGG" to people?) but doesn't stick out much other than that. Good song. Exceptional? No. That's saved for another song on this album.
4/5

When you first hear Forever Endeavor, you might be thinking "Hey, this song is decent, but once again, it doesn't really stick out!". Then you listen again... and you realize it still sounds the same! Boring. Not a bad song, not a good song. Like every other song, it has a pretty catchy chorus, but other than that... meh.
3/5

April Suits is a great song, mostly because it does a good job telling you that the worst part of the album is over, and you've finally made it past the average, uninspired, mediocre Nu-metal and onto the above-average, somewhat innovative, not-as-mediocre Nu-metal! Beginning with a somewhat different introduction where Steven says "Ohhh" over and over, it builds up to a pretty neat passage which leads to a really catchy, really cool chorus, which eventually blends back into a similiar passage. Put simply: great song.
4/5

Lost In The Woods. The lyrics to this song... oh my god. BOO HOO MY HEART IS CRYING AS I CUT MYSELF WITH THE BLEEDING SHARDS OF MY BROKEN DREAMS! Yuck. But otherwise? Woah. Some real musicmanship comes through in this song. Very solid track, definately one of my favorites from Blue-Sky Research. Second best on the album, which ironically comes right before the Coup de Grāce...
4.5/5

And here we are! So Eager. Seriously. What a song. I don't know why it isn't the one on the charts. Amazing, amazing song. The best on the album, in fact. This is what Taproot is all about, if you ask me. Amazing intro, amazing chorus, amazing melody.
5/5

Unfortunately, this is where the good ends.

The rest of the songs on the album, such as She, Promise, and Nightmare just don't stand out amongst the beginning songs. If they had just kept doing what they were doing the album would have been comparable to the work of genius that Gift or Welcome are. All in all, Blue-sky Research is a fairly boring, average album, but the songs that ARE good on the album are pretty amazing. Pretty solid album, I suppose, when you consider it's nu-metal.

And hey, it's always fun to go back to your roots.

Pros:
-- Unbelievably catchy songs that stay in your head for days at a time
-- Good vocal and guitar work
-- Well-organized mixtures of soft and heavy

Cons:
-- A good chunk of the album is boring and uninspired
-- All in all, average at best
-- Repetitive
-- Some songs are just plain awful (She, anyone?)
-- Isn't very true to Taproot's older albums


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Acey (4)
If you like Taproot, get this. If you don't like nu-metal, this shows a sign that they are moving a...


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MM23
January 24th 2006


33 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Agh, made a few stupid formatting mistakes. Wish you could edit reviews. Oh well.

Med57
Moderator
January 24th 2006


1001 Comments


You can do. Go the "My Profile" link, found here:
http://www.musicianforums.com/sputnik/usercp.php
On the left you'll see an "edit my reviews" button which you can use to do that.

Hammerheart
January 24th 2006


25 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

Talent is only good when used properly, and this band certainly doesn't use it properly, if they even have it.

MM23
January 24th 2006


33 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Thanks, Plath. I got a bit lazy at the end, but eh. It's fricken nu-metal.
Nobody cares about nu-metal. :p

ocelot-05
January 24th 2006


807 Comments


I wasn't aware of so much animosity towards Taproot. Anyways, decent first review Spat Out was right about the lack of detail in the song reviews. I liked your opening paragraph, by the way, with a well worded question at the end.

Wizard
January 24th 2006


19409 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Great review! I also loved these guys to and went on to better music such as the bands you listed.

Digging: Khonsu - Traveller

i am the robots
January 24th 2006


1027 Comments


Good review Chris, like Plath said, needs a bit of fixes... this album is great. It shows that Taproot has evolved beyond their nu-metal peers completely... Welcome, Gift, and Something More Than Nothing were good and all.... but the whole scene was just kinda stagnating... they've really improved imo.

i am the robots
January 24th 2006


1027 Comments


Oh, and you made a mistake... Stephen Richards = vocals/guitar, not just vocals :p.

[quote=Hammerheart]Talent is only good when used properly, and this band certainly doesn't use it properly, if they even have it.[/quote]

Any way you can back this statement up at all? Is it because nothing quite sounds just like Taproot? or is it because the band has improved (skill and creativity wise) each release? Maybe it's just because you are so caught up in whoring a bandwagon that died over two years ago...This Message Edited On 01.24.06

Hammerheart
January 25th 2006


25 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

[Quote=I Am Vikingcore]Any way you can back this statement up at all? Is it because nothing quite sounds just like Taproot? or is it because the band has improved (skill and creativity wise) each release? Maybe it's just because you are so caught up in whoring a bandwagon that died over two years ago...[/QUOTE]
I don't like the album at all, therefore I gave it a 1.

Acey
May 29th 2006


2578 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

^why didnt you like this album. you could back it up that way, and i never heard this except the single. it wasnt that good

Royd Rage
August 14th 2006


419 Comments


i have to say i just like this album. even more now than the first time around. there is just something straight about it that i can't explain. i never liked taproot before but i have to say if they continue to make music in this vein i might continue to listen.

anyone notice some of the songs sound like incubus?

anyway this album is not perfect...it's not bad...it's that happy medium where i can just listen without judging it in anyway...and that's worth more to me than it being perfect.

Acey
August 14th 2006


2578 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

yes. and the media strongly disliked this album for some odd reason,
i rather enjoy it. especially the more i listen to it. it shows an evolution from their first album 'Gift' which kicks major assThis Message Edited On 08.14.06

Acey
September 8th 2006


2578 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

for some reason this shows the better side of the nu-metal/alt rock scene, or is it just me. it is growing on me, but isnt up to par with taproots first and best album 'Gift'

Acey
September 24th 2006


2578 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

i am wondering why the song "So Eager" isn't the single, the song is simply Amazing

jason_f90
October 6th 2006


203 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

this is actually my favourite taproot album. its nice to see that the pointless beats and scratches are gone. the songs have more melody and rythm to them. its good in a way that they have moved away from nu metal but not completely ditched it. overall, i believe this is a step in the right direction. it would have been nice if you reviewed the last 4 songs individually but excellent review anyway.

GodSmackKid1113
February 1st 2007


10 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

ehhh I agree with your review here and there, but not completely. I actually think "She" is a great song, and I don't really find the album repetitive at all.

And the whole part about Lost in the Wood's lyrics, if you listen closely he's not just singing about "cutting himself with the bloody shards of his broken dreams" hes singing about a significant other who's sick and dying in the hospital, and how its tearing him up inside and how he feels lost. I think the lyrics are what makes that song so great, even though musically its excellent too.

meliffy18
July 24th 2007


50 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

i actually like this album too, and "She" for that matter! it's definitely different than anything off of Gift, but i do enjoy listening to it. it actually proves that steve can sing...

iyae
November 8th 2007


54 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

yeah. she and promise are two of my favourite songs on this album, how could you say so eager is where the good ends?? i think taproot have only gotten better. apart from that, decent review, but i dont like the track by track analysis...then again what do i know? heh

iyae
November 8th 2007


54 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

you also forgot to mention billy corgan had a hand in producing a few of these tracks. most notibly "lost in the woods"....i guess its just a coincidence it starts with the word "tonight"

Inveigh
May 11th 2010


24968 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

this is pretty ok, but every time I listen to it I can't help thinking "I wish Chino were singing this"



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