Papa Roach
Crooked Teeth


2.5
average

Review

by BandanaGeorge USER (11 Reviews)
May 19th, 2017 | 20 replies


Release Date: 2017 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A desperate attempt to remain relevant backfires drastically as Papa Roach's uninspired 9th studio album will likely go unnoticed by the fans who once adored them.

Unless you were in a coma for a good chunk of the 2000s, you know exactly who Papa Roach are. For those of you who've just emerged from comatose, firstly, welcome back, secondly, Papa Roach are a 4 piece whatever-happens-to-be-trendy-core band from Vacaville, California. After the ubiquitous success of their 2000 single 'Last Resort' and their sophomore album going triple platinum in the US, Papa Roach have struggled to match that colossal accomplishment ever since. 17 years on, they have released their ninth studio album.

This album oozes with the desire to remain relevant in whatever way it can. Vocalist Jacoby Shaddix does his best at delivering some classic rap metal verses, but with the rise of bands like Hacktivist and others doing that in such a modern way, Shaddix's attempts at this sound come off archaic and very dated. There are some decently catchy choruses throughout, but a lot of these songs rely very heavily on these for their run time, and unfortunately the choruses aren't strong enough to be used so often. This desperation to be accessible is accentuated by the appearance of Machine Gun Kelly as a feature on the track 'Surnise Trailer Park', where Shaddix decries his past over a watered down pop punk instrumental. MGK is in this track for just over 30 seconds, and is likely just on here to appeal to a wider audience.

The instrumentals on here are probably my biggest gripe with the overall sound of the record. Every track is formulaic in structure and the guitar tone is overproduced to the point of lacking any human element to it's playing. Papa Roach have clearly acknowledged the popularity of djent and pop punk on this record and given their best go at writing riffs that wouldn't be out of place in either genre, but the tones and elements used in this album remove all the charm that those genres usually exhibit. As this album goes on modern pop elements begin leaking into the tracks, guitars and real drums take a backseat to synth leads and sampled drum beats. This is most notable on the track 'None Of The Above', which sounds like a Twenty One Pilots deep cut in it's vocal phrasing and structure. It's a little sad to know that this band once had their own sound that brought them such a huge audience, but their unique potential is wasted on their desperation to sell to a mainstream audience.

Shaddix has never been a master wordsmith, but the lyrics on this are what I can only describe as generic. Whilst his vocal performance is consistent and solid, what's actually being said here leaves an awful lot to be desired. I feel as though I could present this album to a class studying entry level alt-rock lyricism as a level 1 template to writing a modern rock song. From the opening track to the record's love song closer 'Bleeding Through', there's not a single lyric that has stuck in my mind, which is again rather disappointing when the lyrics to 'Last Resort' are almost universally recognized and recitable.


In summary, Papa Roach's attempt at modern relevancy has let them down here. Whilst never being to my taste, this band once had a massive audience that loved them for their rhythmic vocal delivery and crunching guitars, and everything that made them so beloved is vacant from this record. If you're into accessible, catchy rock then I can see you probably enjoying 'Crooked Teeth', 'Richocet', 'Traumatic' and 'Bleeding Through'. These are the strongest cuts here in my opinion, the rest falls short of the finish line. For me, this record is exceptionally unremarkable. Not unlistenable, just uninspiring. It lacks any individualism, and that is self inflicted. Maybe next time, Papa Roach.



Recent reviews by this author
In Hearts Wake ArkFlobots Noenemies
While She Sleeps You Are WeDeez Nuts Binge & Purgatory
Falling in Reverse Coming HomeImminence This is Goodbye
user ratings (62)
Chart.
2.3
average

Comments:Add a Comment 
ianblxdsoe
May 19th 2017


440 Comments


this record feels like a Jarrod Alonge parody album, except the album doesn't know that it's a parody album lol. solid review too, pos

Digging: Atalanta - Tainted

pizzamachine
May 19th 2017


13376 Comments


Might 1/5 without checking this out to bump my objectivity. Pos

BandanaGeorge
May 19th 2017


40 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

hahaha holy shit this is so Jarrod Alonge, wow I didn't think of that. Thank you!

William21
May 19th 2017


144 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

It's not particularly great, just another average Papa Roach album with a few highlights.



That said who would've thought that a Papa Roach and Linkin Park album could come out on the same day and the Papa Roach album would be leagues better?

geezers1989
May 19th 2017


170 Comments


LOL they literally stole the artwork and title of the second House Vs Hurricane record, rekt.

BandanaGeorge
May 19th 2017


40 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

hahaha honestly dude, my friend told me this record was coming out and my instant reaction was ''there's already a metalcore record called crooked teeth and i bet it's better than this one"



EvilFjord
May 19th 2017


7 Comments


"ubiquitous success"

JWT155
May 19th 2017


13249 Comments


Best album they've done since The Paramour Sessions, but still average/good at best

bloc
May 19th 2017


41172 Comments


BUP BAAAA BUP BAAAA THIS IS THE SOUND OF SETTLING

LethalPaintball
May 19th 2017


299 Comments


wait, these guys are still making music?????????????????

Digging: Feist - Pleasure

JayEnder
May 19th 2017


258 Comments


Horrendous album cover

Digging: Counterparts - Tragedy Will Find Us

rodrigo90
May 19th 2017


1691 Comments


So it's the album worthy?

CompostCompote
May 19th 2017


488 Comments


Album art loses ten points in Britain for showing incredibly healthy teeth.

rodrigo90
May 19th 2017


1691 Comments


I'm asking in general.

dfevil085
May 19th 2017


884 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Pos' on the review.

I always thought this band had some fun songs to listen to.

Wildcardbitchesss
May 20th 2017


102 Comments


"9th studio album"

Holy shit.

Just occurred to me that there is probably someone out there who's favorite band is Papa Roach. Let that sink in. How the hell else could they possibly produce nine fucking albums

LeOmegaInquisitor
May 20th 2017


432 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Just occurred to me that there is probably someone out there who's favorite band is Papa Roach. Let that sink in. How the hell else could they possibly produce nine fucking albums



Well mainstream rock is still very popular contrary to the popular belief of hipsters and other underground rock circles.



The last thing that I've heard from these guys was that single with the singer of in this moment and still swingin in saints row IV. Band hasn't been nothing out of ordinary but they have a bunch of good songs, at least they are not making another album that sounds like a buckcherry clone





mete0ra
May 22nd 2017


143 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

In the middle of writing a review for this. Yours is decently-written but reads more like a 2.0 than a 2.5 to me.

BandanaGeorge
May 22nd 2017


40 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

thanks man, tbh I really didn't hate it, I just really struggled to feel anything for it, its so middle of the road and uninspired that I just felt it was the epitome of average.

Voivod
Staff Reviewer
May 23rd 2017


7455 Comments


album stream: http://www.blabbermouth.net/news/listen-to-papa-roachs-entire-new-album-crooked-teeth/



You have to be logged in to post a comment. Login | Create a Profile





FAQ // STAFF & CONTRIBUTORS // SITE FORUM // CONTACT US

Bands: A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z


Site Copyright 2005-2017 Sputnikmusic.com
All Album Reviews Displayed With Permission of Authors | Terms of Use | Privacy Policy