Papa Roach
The Connection


2.0
poor

Review

by Jagzfan814 USER (2 Reviews)
October 3rd, 2012 | 95 replies | 9,670 views


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: There's a reason a skull is on this album cover...

4 of 10 thought this review was well written

Wow. That is all I have to say about The Connection, the latest drivel Papa Roach has churned out. After listening to this album, it is apparent to me that the same energy and passion that made earlier songs such as 'Last Resort', 'Lifeline', 'Getting Away with Murder' and 'Scars' so popular has vanished in the same way Papa Roach's overall relevance as a band has. Papa Roach has auctioned off their trademark hip-hop/nu-metal sound for a clichéd and stagnant pop metal hybrid. I had high expectations for this album to be emotionally charged and inspiring, especially after the revelation that frontman Jacoby Shaddix was suicidal during the recording process, a trait that often lends itself well to rock albums. But instead of feeding off of his demons, Shaddix instead seems to allow them to subjugate him, the result being a bland, boring and overall painful album to listen to.
The album kicks off with the instrumental piece 'Engage' a piece so short and lacking in any relevance one wonders why they didn't simply combine this track and 'Still Swingin'', the album's lead single. The reason contemporary rock bands include instrumental lead tracks is to create ambience which, in effect, superscores the upcoming music, however, this attempt at such a device is just mediocre. Did they really lack the ingenuity and innovation to make this song longer than 51 seconds? Granted, such songs are short, but this is ridiculous. The next song is 'Still Swingin'", a tacky power ballad that attempts, and fails, at combining elements of rock and dubstep. Doing such a thing is tantamount to mixing water and oil, as a hot mess is also the only result of this experimentation. Other than that, 'Still Swingin'' is a tolerable track and an acceptable choice for the album's lead single. 'Where Did the Angels Go?' follows and a more appropriate name for this song is 'Where Did the Composer Go?', as the track consists of the same tedious riff that permeates mainstream rock repeated again and again and again to the point that I was overjoyed that it was one of the album's shorter tunes, and I use the word tune loosely. The fourth track 'Silence is the Enemy' is the only gem this album has to offer, as it provides an atmosphere of disgust and loathing that has Papa Roach fans have clung to since 'Infest'. Another passable track is 'Give Me Back my Life', a song that is expected to be on any mainstream rock album, attacking an unseen phantom of the listener's nightmare. Other than that, the album is relatively unremarkable and you may find yourself wanting to demolish furniture if you survive the entire album, which lasts a hair over 40 minutes but manages to take years off listener's lives. There is no need for me to review the rest of the album as in the same manner as the movie Battleship, one doesn't need to see it in its entireity to know it sucks.


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Green Baron (1.5)
Still swinging, and striking out with every at-bat....

Jon Gordon (3)
Still Swingin seven albums in.....

Alex Beebe (3)
Though bound by generic constraints of its own making, The Connection succeeds in connecting all of ...

Aaron Arneson CONTRIBUTOR (1.5)
Welcome to the new generic. Now with more filler and forgettable choruses than ever before!...


Comments:Add a Comment 
Calc
October 2nd 2012



12129 Comments


"such as 'Last Resort', 'Scars', 'Getting Away with Murder' and 'Scars' so popular has vanished in the same way Papa Roach's overall relevance as a band has."

fail.

"Did they really lack the ingenuity and innovation to make this song longer than 51 seconds? Granted, such songs are short, but this is ridiculous."

what?

There is no need for me to review the rest of the album as in the same manner as the movie Battleship, one doesn't need to see it in its entireity to know it sucks."

I get what you were getting at but this sentence makes no sense


Competent review, you use the fluffy words like every other reviewer here but they seem just tacked on. Also work on your formatting the whole thing looks weird. But you got your point across pretty well

Digging: He Is Legend - Heavy Fruit

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
October 2nd 2012



19642 Comments


Agreed with all this not a bad 2nd review have a pos.

Where are the paragraphs though?

KILL
October 2nd 2012



71372 Comments


calc is gay

Digging: Invisible - El jardin de los presentes

Calc
October 2nd 2012



12129 Comments


thanks kill :] you always know just what to say..

LifeAsAChipmunk
October 2nd 2012



4854 Comments


gayforkill ;)

LeviofDoom
October 2nd 2012



316 Comments


Wow, you must really like scars. anyway, lol @ calc. and kill for that matter; I've heard interesting rumors about you. decent review, have a pos.

BigKILLdicks
October 2nd 2012



5 Comments


omg

Youtellme
October 2nd 2012



1351 Comments


http://www.sputnikmusic.com/profile.php?name=killisgay

theacademy
Staff Reviewer
October 2nd 2012



28420 Comments


advice: don't take advice from calc or atari

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Calc
October 2nd 2012



12129 Comments


you saying you disagree with anything I said? or you actually like this review?

Topaz
October 2nd 2012



324 Comments


band blows ass

tarkus
October 2nd 2012



5560 Comments


songs such as 'Last Resort', 'Scars', 'Getting Away with Murder' and 'Scars'


lol

TrstN01
October 2nd 2012



800 Comments


I've enjoyed all their prior albums, but this one… halfway through I'm tired of it.

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
October 2nd 2012



19642 Comments


Actually don't listen to theacademy. I looked through his comments and all he does is go into different reviews and say bad review or good album awful review what a fuckin joke lol.

theacademy
Staff Reviewer
October 2nd 2012



28420 Comments


oh you've looked through my comments im touched

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
October 2nd 2012



19642 Comments


maybe it's just a coincidence because I only looked at your recent comments but would it kill you to actually compliment a review?

NeoSpaz
October 2nd 2012



4518 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

aaand this fight starts again

KILL
October 2nd 2012



71372 Comments


touched by an angel (^ー^)ノ


Atari
Contributing Reviewer
October 2nd 2012



19642 Comments


This fight has happened before? lol

NeoSpaz
October 2nd 2012



4518 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

No, just you and academy having your trade-off again



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