MUSIC REVIEW: F.E.A.R – Papa Roach

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F.E.A.R. is Papa Roach’s eight studio album, released on ELEVEN SEVEN MUSIC, and is the follow up to The Connection (2012)

If fans expecting a Papa Roach album, they needn’t look further as F.E.A.R. doesn’t deviate from the mould of the band’s recent releases. Rather, it continues a journey that has helped them enjoy success with fans.

The album title, which stands for Face Everything and Rise, has been met with mixed reviews by critics. Rolling Stone branded the album with a 2 1/2 star rating, citing: “Somebody please tell him [Jacoby Shaddix] that, though his band may still be on the charts, MTV cancelled TRL.

It’s a bit harsh for a band that hasn’t really been keen on pushing the boundaries — and if they have been, then apologies — but RS is fair as Papa Roach has always had sort of an identity crisis. Shaddix could never fully settle on a vocal style so the rap style fluttered in and out but they’ve creeped back into the fold on F.E.A.R. 

Shaddix is no Eminem but he does deserve credit as his voice is powerful and suits what Papa Roach is after on 99% of the album.

“Gravity”, which features Maria Brink of In This Moment and the aforementioned rap style vocals, is actually one of the highlights of the album — mainly for Brink, whose voice lends itself to such a haunting song. It takes a break from the typical Papa Roach in favour of a piano driven verse.

Again, Shaddix doesn’t stray from what he’s used as past lyrical inspiration, although he does deliver on “Skeletons”, singing: “Brick by brick I’ve built this wall, I shut you out to break the fall. I will shed my sins. I’ll show you my skeletons.”

Other notable songs that will grab the attention of fans are “Falling Apart” and “War Over Me”.


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