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Blue-Sky Research
     

Blue-Sky Research

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by Taproot
 
Taproot branch out on Blue-Sky Research, collaborating with some notable outside songwriters and tweaking the nu-metal bludgeon of their first two records for a more melodic sound. There are still gloomy hard hitters here. "Facepeeler" and "Nightmare" feature unwieldy roaring and bleak sheets of distortion that frame atmospheric stretches, making the quartet

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Taproot branch out on Blue-Sky Research, collaborating with some notable outside songwriters and tweaking the nu-metal bludgeon of their first two records for a more melodic sound. There are still gloomy hard hitters here. "Facepeeler" and "Nightmare" feature unwieldy roaring and bleak sheets of distortion that frame atmospheric stretches, making the quartet sound like ambitious but samey Deftones followers. But then there's "Violent Seas," a glimmeringly insistent modern rocker co-written with Billy Corgan. It still broods, and breaks into anxious choruses. But it's also many times more accessible than any of Taproot's previous work. Corgan also co-writes "Promise" and the rousing "Lost in the Woods," while Jonah Matranga of Far, Onelindrawing, and Gratitude helps out on "Calling." The assistance is a plus for Taproot. The songs still deal with bitter stuff like loneliness, obsession, and hearts being ripped from inside chests, and all the bellowing, brooding, and thick chording gets a little formulaic. But even without the hired guns Blue-Sky Research is the most dynamic Taproot album yet (the self-penned "So Eager" proves that), and the album's heightened textures and less predictable turns successfully updates the band's sound. By easing up on the plodding drudgery and letting Stephen Richards sing in a voice that sounds more like his own, Taproot start to suggest moody but readily accessible post-grunge acts like Breaking Benjamin or Three Days Grace instead of the tired nu-metal past.

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Release Date:
08/16/2005
Label:
Atlantic
UPC:
0075678372025
catalogNumber:
83720
Rank:
147802

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Blue-Sky Research 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I gota say i was surprised at the composition of this album. They really stepped it up with a more melodious and mature style which differed from their previous albums(also good). The album gets off to a great start with what I think is the most beautiful song they've made yet, I will not fall for you. You immidiately hear what seems like a new found style of melodies, sophistication, and somewhat erotic style of vocals in their music. The album top to bottom is good. It ends great with whats left which is a more aggresive yet smooth type of song. I have to agree with the previous reviewer when i say that this style has that special Deftones(my favorite band) feel to it in how its smooth, deep, and aggresive at the same time. It's just a blast to listen to. I recommend it to anybody who enjoys a good album no matter what your favorite type of music is. I guarantee you'll instantly become a fan.
Guest More than 1 year ago
ok but not great cd.......Enough said
Guest More than 1 year ago
Easily the best album from the 'Root, which says something as both gift and welcome were amazin albums.Seems like the band have taken a new direction, doesnt feel like the "teen angst" metal that appeared on previous albums.You can definatly hear the Deftones influence on tracks like Facepeeler and So Eager.Dont miss out on this album, could become a classic
Anonymous More than 1 year ago