Taproot
Gift


4.0
excellent

Review

by Acey USER (43 Reviews)
August 9th, 2006 | 12 replies | 9,277 views


Release Date: 2000 | Tracklist

Review Summary: If you are willing to just rock out on stage or at home, just pop this in and Git 'r' Done.

2 of 2 thought this review was well written

Taproot is a band that has gotten much animosity from their album 'Welcome', and have tried to evolve out of their first nu-metal sounding album 'Gift'. They have released 'Blue Sky Research', which is a more mellow side of the group from Ann Arbor, Michigan. 'Gift' is my favorite album from these guys, because he has a versatile voice when he screams. The singing gets a bit nasaly at times, but it can manage.

Taproot is:
Steve Richards - vocals
Mike DeWolf - guitar
Phil Lipscomb - bass
Jarrod Montague - drums

This CD takes a big start and 'Smile' is what starts this hard rocking album. It has a "quietly" sung verse and the chorus, he screams like no tomorrow. "Again & Again" is the single off of this song, and is probably the most mellow song on the album. I use the word mellow in the sense that there isn't as much screaming on this song as there are on the other. "Now", is my favorite song on the CD and it has a very eerie, but promising intro. Steve is screaming "Now" throughout the song, and the bass is very audible and doesn't hug the guitar as much as it usually does. "Believed" features some rap in it, just Steve doing his best. The guitar comes in hard after the intro and the bass makes it feel like an alternative 'rap' song. Good overall song, shows some versatility.

"Mentobe" is another standout track on the CD, as it has a very intriguing intro. The intro has like an boiler room feel to it, like you're in a silo, but the guitar adds to the effect. The chorus is very well sung and the overall song is good. "Dragged Down" has a KoRn-like feel to it, the bass is relavent, but toneless in this song. Another song to rock out to. The drums are outstanding in this song.

What I like about this CD:
Steven Richards has one of the best screams in Nu-Metal, and he uses it well. Jarrod has some very complicated drum parts in this CD, and he makes them sound so easy. Hats up for him for creating such strong drumbeats. The bass is at least audible (Linkin Park..........). Each song has a different feel, for the most part. The Harmonics are used well, when they come up. Steven's rapping is pretty good, especially being a nu-metal band. These guys can sound like one rock group one second, and then sound like a completely different band the next.

What I don't like about the CD:
Steven Richards sounds really nasaly when he sings on the CD, but he is screaming half the time, so he makes up for it. There are no guitar solos (duh, it is nu-metal), especially when there is a cool drum beat. :(. They can get REALLY repetative. Sometimes, they sound toneless.

My Overall Rating:
I will give this a 4/5, only because it is nu-metal, and his vocals can get really annoying at some point. If you are willing to just rock out on stage or at home. Just pop this in and Git 'r' Done. This is very well done for nu-metal, and is comparable to Mudvayne's Lost And Found CD.

Recommended Songs:
Smile
Again & Again
Now
Dragged Down
Mentobe

Definately worth the $11.00, especially if you like nu-metal and screaming or you are a fan of Taproot.

4/5



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Acey
August 9th 2006



2578 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

hope you like this review

Phobophile
August 9th 2006



1 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Taproot is definitely one of the more well-crafted nu-metal bands. When this album was made all the members were pretty young. Since then they have made a conscience effort to expand their horizons. They won't dazzle you with their brillance but they can consistently write good tunes for you to bob your head to.

f_u_c_t
August 9th 2006



1406 Comments


I lack this album but im not dying for it. I like reading your reviews acey, because im enjoying seeing you improve with every one. nice job. But where's the tracklist....

Acey
August 10th 2006



2578 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

the person who put this album in there forgot to do it, i tried to edit it and i guess it didnt work.

it is:
1. Smile
2. Again & Again
3. Emotional Times
4. Now
5. 1 Nite Stand
6. Believed
7. Mentobe
8. I
9. Mirror's Reflection
10. Dragged Down
11. Comeback
12. Impact

btw thanks for the comments

Bron-Yr-Aur
August 10th 2006



4405 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Edit the reivew, and put the tracklist where it's suppoesed to be.



You're really improving. Keep it up.

Kage
August 10th 2006



1173 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

I can't even stand listening to this anymore.

Acey
August 10th 2006



2578 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

thanks Bron, although i really tried to edit the album, but it didnt work for some odd reason

SzeRiff
August 10th 2006



9 Comments


The album is OK, but 'Blue Sky Research' is loads better.

jason_f90
December 1st 2006



203 Comments


Stephen Richards vocals really suck. He sounds like he's singing with a clip on his nose.

Inveigh
November 23rd 2009



24866 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Haven't listened to this in ages, but after I saw the news that they signed to Victory I decided to see if there were any reviews up. Pretty good. Maybe I'll go back and listen to "I" and "Emotional Times" for the nostalgia of being 15.

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asaf
December 24th 2009



885 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

This was a good album even though this band sucks

Snooze00
September 17th 2012



235 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

The problem with this band rests mainly on the singer. He is too nasaly alot of the times also he is very one note and drones. He is definately in tune but open up your nose passage. OH and stick to one style rapping doesnt suit you and copying other band styles doesnt suit. I hear a little bit of corn moments and a little bit of Deftones mixed with Faith No More. I think Blue Sky Research is there Pinnacle and should emulate that album and stick to it. Though ill give him props to not using that throaty groaning frog voice as much like he uses on latest albums SPEW.



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