The tenth studio album from Papa Roach is Who Do You Trust?, and it’s the band’s strongest album in a decade. It’s a diverse album that’s produced exceptionally well and one where the band’s songwriting is better than it’s been in a long time. The Vacaville, CA band led by Jacoby Shaddix and Jeremy Horton continues their impressive tenure with a record that’s sure to make their fans happy.
During Papa Roach’s almost twenty-year run, they’ve evolved steadily. Not so much during their second half of their career, but certainly during their first ten years. They went from nu-metal to post grunge, mainstream rock, to straight-forward rock with some punk tendencies. Their sound has always been diverse, and Shaddix’s ability to chameleon himself in all these different styles has been the secret to their longevity. That said, none of their albums up to Who Do You Trust? has really managed to capture the true vibe of what the band can really do in terms of range.
The album does a good job with setting a tone for itself early. “The Ending” and “Renegade Music” are intense songs that do a good job getting the album started off right. “Not The Only One” has a bit of a retro vibe to it at its beginning. There’s some production that’s been dialed back with some acoustic instrumentation. Then, the chorus hits and it’s an intense track that you can’t help but bob your head to. The title track has a similar style when it comes to its production. The guitars aren’t filtered to oblivion or over-cleansed. They’re dirty and sound like they’re coming straight out of an amp. “Elevate” is a slower song with pop tendencies – kind of a first for Papa Roach. There’s some interesting rhythmic stuff going along with some cool guitar riffs and a catchy chorus. The best song on the record is “Come Around”, it’s produced well, its lyrics have an intense meaning, its production is perfect, and it’s sung with the kind of sincerity that most bands wish they could get across on their record. The chorus is insanely good.
Papa Roach’s tenth album might be a personal favorite. It’s hard to top their awesome debut or The Paramour Sessions, but that’s still where they’re at. Twenty years into a career and Papa Roach isn’t just surviving, they’re thriving. They’re still relevant and they’re still damn good. Shout out to Jacoby and the crew for putting out a great record.