The Nu-Metal Crown/Curse
Papa Roach are perhaps the most accurate embodiment of the nu-metal genre; where itâ€šÃ„Ã´s been, where it is now and where it will soon be. The band violently exploded on to the modern rock radar with their super glossy mega-hit â€šÃ„ÃºLast Resortâ€šÃ„Ã¹ which clearly set a new standard for the term â€šÃ„Ãºoverplayed.â€šÃ„Ã¹ But as the tastes of their now world-wide fan base were starting to slowly shift away from the hip-hop influenced rock music, Papa Roach tried to stray away from the self-loathing rap on their second album, lovehatetragedy, with somewhat fleeting success. But some strategies for achieving success never change. Indeed, Papa Roachâ€šÃ„Ã´s newest album, Getting Away With Murder, oozes an overly produced, radio-friendly sound.Letâ€šÃ„Ã´s face it. Everybody loves to hate Papa Roach. After all, theyâ€šÃ„Ã´re both a joke and an institution within the genre. But nobody can deny their penchant for creating some incredibly infectious songs â€šÃ„Ã¬ even if they are somewhat â€šÃ„Ã²shallowâ€šÃ„Ã´ on the musical end. Songs like â€šÃ„ÃºScarsâ€šÃ„Ã¹ â€šÃ„Ã¬ a simplistic, relationship-gone-sour ode and â€šÃ„ÃºGetting Away With Murder,â€šÃ„Ã¹ a slightly more upbeat number, are instant radio hits, but like the rest of the album â€šÃ„Ã¬ feel a bit too forced, jaded and lacking any real musical â€šÃ„Ãºmeat.â€šÃ„Ã¹ Indeed, thereâ€šÃ„Ã´s only so many ways to spin the lyrical content that encompasses most nu-metal songs â€šÃ„Ã¬ (failed relationships, broken trusts, lack of parental guidance etc.) before weâ€šÃ„Ã´re a bit bored.
Sparkle and fade. Itâ€šÃ„Ã´s the way of the one-hit-wonder to which Papa Roach will inevitably be associated with. While credit must be given for trying to evolve from their original sound, Papa Roach just canâ€šÃ„Ã´t rid themselves of their nu-metal crown/curse.