We apologize for not having an album of the week last week as we took some time off in Orlando for a vacation. We are getting right back into the thick of things with this week’s album of the week from Papa Roach with Getting Away With Murder. Getting Away With Murder was the band’s third album overall and a drastically different record than the band’s previous two. I saw drastically different because there is absolutely no rapping on the album as the band’s singer Jacoby Shaddix claimed that he was sick and tired of rapping. The band went with ore of a hard rock sound than their traditional Nu Metal sound we all knew from them. The rest of the band is rounded out by Jerry Horton (Guitars), Tobin Esperance (Bass), and Dave Buckner (Drums) while the album was produced by Howard Benson (Motörhead, P.O.D.). The album is actually considered very successful for the band as is it features the band’s biggest hit and only song to ever be featured on Billboards Year End Charts in the track Scars. The album peaked at number 17 on the Billboard Top 200 charts and went platinum in the US and has sold over 5 million world wide.
1. Blood (Empty Promises)– The album kicks off with this barnburner whose theme of betrayal of a loved one is a common theme on the record. 4/5
2. Not Listening– a high octane energy track about how society always tells you have to be a certain way, act a certain way, but Jacoby is not listening anymore. 4.5/5
3. Stop Looking Start Seeing– An interesting track that kind of tells you to stop being blind to what’s happening in your life and see the wrongs. 4/5
4. Take Me– The track starts off very melodic before the band kicks up the energy a notch in a track about being apart of something instead of being an outsider. 4/5
5. Getting Away With Murder– The title track and first single released off the album that starts with a chunky bad ass bass line. Jacoby talked about the song’s meaning saying, “I wrote it so you can take it in different ways. It can be about when you’re doing some sh– behind some people in your life’s backs and they don’t know about it but it makes you feel like sh–, which I’ve done. But it can also be about what’s going on right now in the political world [in the Middle East], or about these big, huge corporations who are so corrupt.” 5/5
6. Be Free– an high energy, in your face track about wanting to break free from that significant other. 5/5
7. Done with You– a straight up rock track with a punk flavor about being completely done with someone. 5/5
8. Scars– One of the band’s most popular songs as you can see above in the first paragraph. The song’s meaning according to Jacoby is, “about trying to help someone who really doesn’t want you to help them.” 5/5
9. Sometimes– One of my favorite tracks on the record that to me is about being stuck in a rut as you try to figure out what to do. 5/5
10. Blanket of Fear– A sledgehammer like track that I believe talks about not giving up on your dreams because life can be tough without them. 4/5
11. Tyranny of Normality– Another high octane energy track that the band is known for that mixes that punk flavor to it. The track talks about being enslaved to what the man wants you to believe what the norm is. 4/5
12. Do or Die– The last track on the album and it’s very different from most of the tracks on the album musically. The track deals with being strong in the face of adversity and getting off your keister and doing something. 4/5
My Final Thoughts– This album is still one of my favor Papa Roach albums to date because the album represented a step forward in the right direction for the band.. It took their high octane energy sound and boosted it even more with great lyrics and music. I am going to give the album 4.5 stars out of five for a final grade.