Sunday, January 15, 2006

Taproot - Blue Sky Research

Like I said in my last CD review, when a band evolves and changes it's sound, it could either be a good thing or a bad thing. In the case of the latest offering by Taproot, it's a really good thing.
This foursome went from being just another nu-metal band when their debut CD Gift came out in 2000, to a really great sounding hard rock outfit with their latest release, Blue Sky Research. The band comes off as a bizarre mix of Tool type ambiance with Staind type therepeutic lyrics and vocals. Heck, vocalist Stephen Richards' voice has matured from that of an angsty teen to an almost Aaron Lewis type harmony, and even sounds like the Staind frontman on some of the tracks on the album which deals with heartache, personaly loss and all the other things kids are angry about these days. Only Taproot do a much better job at trying to help the listener get through those tough times with their songs than Staind's latest offering.
Easilly a very good album overall, and it'll be a shame if it's not picked up by fans the way CDs by the likes of emo and punk bands get picked up over this in the main stream. I highly recommend cheking this one out if you can get your hands on it.
CD Rating: ****


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