Album Review: Papa Roach ‘F.E.A.R’

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I was more than pleased to find this album waiting for me this morning. It’s been ELEVEN whole years since I last gave Papa Roach a proper good listen to. In fact, the last time I did was when I went to see them on their ‘Getting Away With Murder‘ tour in 2004 in Manchester, England. At that point, I was 21 years old and slowly turning away from nu metal to a much more punk heavy avenue.

Will this album reignite my love for the genre? Or will it remind me why I shied away from it in the first place? There’s only one way to find out…

At just over 40 mins long, this album is exactly what I feared it to be (no pun intended) which is, very safe, generic nu metal. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not terrible, but there’s nothing in here that wows me, either. It takes 6 full tracks before we begin to hear a slight change of tone with Never Have To Say Goodbye, but even then it’s short and sweet.

It’s also frustrating that the two stand out tracks of the album, Gravity and Warriors, are both songs that feature different artists (Maria Brink and Royce Da 5’9″, respectively). Gravity is laced with a thick hip hop theme flowing throughout it, and Warrioirs slaps you in the face with a big fat techno rave beat. Both songs are really frickin awesome, too. So it proves that they CAN mix it up in an album, but for some reason, they choose not to (unless of course, they are featuring someone else on the track).

Is it being lazy? Are they stuck in a rut? Or is it simply a case of, “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” That, I do not know, but I do know this; they have all the potential in the world to make a much better album, but for some reason, they simply chose not to.

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Track Listing
1. “Face Everything and Rise”
2. “Skeletons”
3. “Broken as Me”
4. “Falling Apart”
5. “Love Me Till It Hurts”
6. “Never Have to Say Goodbye”
7. “Gravity” (featuring Maria Brink of In This Moment)
8. “War Over Me”
9. “Devil”
10. “Warriors” (featuring Royce da 5’9″)

Deluxe Edition
11. “Hope for the Hopeless”
12. “Fear Hate Love”

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