Papa Roach
The Connection


1.5
very poor

Review

by Atari CONTRIBUTOR (111 Reviews)
October 1st, 2012 | 215 replies


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Welcome to the new generic. Now with more filler and forgettable choruses than ever before!

Poor Papa Roach. They seem to get more and more forgettable with each release, but were they ever even that good in the first place? Their record sales for their breakthrough album, Infest suggests so. Released in 2000, the album had the well known hit ‘Last Resort’ as well as the popular ‘Broken Home’. To be fair, the album had its moments and the singles were pretty damn catchy. However, their newest album The Connection finds the band at an all time low, struggling to stay relevant while releasing yet another generic and rehashed collection of songs.

Not only is every song painfully dull, but we have to suffer through a whopping thirteen of them. Some of them are so uninspired and completely devoid of energy they make Linkin Park’s latest album seem like a work of art. At least Linkin Park have been able to change it up and incorporate some genuine energy into their songs. The album opens with the pointless and poorly executed opening instrumental ‘Engage’. It is too short and lacks the creativity to make it a successful opening. This is followed by the album's first singe, ‘Still Swingin’. The fact that it is one of the albums best offerings is rather sad. Even though the chorus has the potential to be catchy, the watered down vocals and lack of emotion make it rather forgettable.

The next few songs don’t do anything to improve the bands situation as they are some of the most contrived and boring radio friendly tracks I’ve ever heard. The band attempts to be upbeat but the songs ultimately feel lifeless. To add to the list of the album's failures, the lyrics are also as cringe worthy as ever. Singer Jacoby Shaddix sounds quite similar to the vocalist of Skillet on this album which suggests maybe he is trying too hard. Unfortunately, all it does is give the album a disappointing “been there, done that” feeling. Rather than being a bad album with a few good songs, it is instead a terrible album that barely has a memorable moment. Anybody who can make it all the way to the end of the thirteenth track truly deserves a gold star.

Judging by the sound of Papa Roach's latest effort The Connection, it’s as if the band actually believes that their rehashed formula somehow works. This couldn’t be further from the truth. Some bands manage to recreate the sounds of their previous endeavors, but when done right we can forgive the feeling of deja vu. This is simply not the case on the band’s new album as it has a familiar sound, but the poor execution keeps it from being an album worth diving into.

The Connection really is an ironic album name. If anything, the release is the exact opposite; an absolute disconnect from the Papa Roach we used to know and love. Not only is it one of the worst albums I’ve heard in recent years, it makes me wonder why this band ever received so much attention in the first place. The only thing that keeps this album from being a complete and utter failure is its use of electronics. They don't save the songs, but in some cases they make them slightly more enjoyable. If they ever plan on digging themselves out of this rut, it’s going to take time and creativity, but most likely a miracle.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Atari
Contributing Reviewer
October 1st 2012


20158 Comments


It's hard not to feel sorry for them at this point.

Digging: Johann Sebastian Bach - Brandenburg Concerto No. 5 in D major, BWV 1050

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
October 1st 2012


20158 Comments


Damn a neg already? Lol didn't think there were so many Papa Roach fan boys up in here.

tarkus
October 1st 2012


5560 Comments


release date says tomorrow better find a stream

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
October 1st 2012


20158 Comments


There is a stream on this website under the sputnik news for this week.

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
October 1st 2012


50960 Comments


Damn papa roach neggers

Digging: Friendzone - Collection 1

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
October 1st 2012


20158 Comments


yeah it's ridiculous. I'm assuming that's you that pos'd trebor thanks.

Calc
October 1st 2012


12370 Comments


HA i just added this album to the database like 2 days ago gj atari

fish.
Contributing Reviewer
October 1st 2012


22059 Comments


pos'd neggers are dumb

Digging: Andy Stott - Faith in Strangers

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
October 1st 2012


20158 Comments


thanks I literally had a neg the second I posted the review so whoever negged couldn't have even possibly read the review lmao.

ChopSuey
October 1st 2012


2392 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

their best album

johnnydeking29
October 1st 2012


9561 Comments


Pos'd coz you chose the right summary

Digging: Blueneck - King Nine

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
October 1st 2012


20158 Comments


Thanks guys I needed another negative review.

I tried my best to give it a chance but I don't really like mainstream rock as it is but honestly I'd rather listen to Skillet than this.

sixdegrees
October 1st 2012


17723 Comments


CUT MY LIFE INTO PIECES

someone had to do it, sorry.

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Aids
Contributing Reviewer
October 1st 2012


24098 Comments


these guys still exist? weird

anyway, obligatory
CUT MY LIFE INTO PIECES
THIS IS MY LAST RESORT

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Aids
Contributing Reviewer
October 1st 2012


24098 Comments


haha damn, beaten to the punch

TooManyFriends
October 1st 2012


763 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

The hell? Skillet is infinitely worse than this. This album has some surprisingly good songs on it, "Awake" is absolute garbage. Papa Roach's last 2 albums have sucked, yes, but this is definitely better.

mikestreer
October 1st 2012


14 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

This album and Transit of Venus from 3DG will be amazing'

Youtellme
October 1st 2012


1351 Comments


Cut this band into pieces.

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
October 1st 2012


20158 Comments


@TooManyFriends,

honestly I like Skillet "Awake" better than this sorry.

ViperAces
October 1st 2012


12504 Comments


HELL YEA PAPA ROACH BASHING!
Good review, even though its a little too harsh.
Papa Roach always sucked.



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