Generally favorable reviews - based on 12 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 12
  2. Negative: 0 out of 12
  1. Shaddix's woes connect directly to a large and equally confused audience, and that nobody this side of Kurt Cobain communicates them with as much power.
  2. The group's secret weapon is the way it so vividly captures the storms of confusion, anger and self-recrimination that swirl around inside a boy.
  3. 80
    It's the perfect summer record--if your summer begins with your dad running off with his secretary and your girlfriend dumping you for that asshole lifeguard at the water-slide park. [Jul 2002, p.107]
  4. 80
    A more crunchingly bare-bones record all around. [#8, p.123]
  5. The energy that spills forth from these grooves hails both the positive power of loud guitars and gorges itself on the general insanity of life, but nails it all home with a knowing melodic sense of the anthemic and a musical complexity which elevates the entire album beyond mere thrash and burn histrionics.
  6. No post-nu-metal. No nu-post-hardcore. Just a solid, honest, rock album.
  7. Precise? Yes. But does it work your frustrations out? Only a little.
  8. It's hard to deny Papa Roach have a certain knack of crafting big, glossy, annoyingly catchy anthems for the Kerrang TV generation.
  9. LoveHateTragedy is a compendium of modern rock styles, glued together by Papa Roach's exuberance and Shaddix's outsized persona. [July 2002, p.119]
  10. In the moments when Shaddix's voice and lyrics don't detract from the band's remarkable bluster, Papa Roach soars.
  11. Papa Roach were fairly distinctive two years back, but in a twist we've witnessed many times before, the band that helped beget so much of the rap-metal grudge rock we're now hearing resembles all its followers.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 40 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 16
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 16
  3. Negative: 6 out of 16
  1. Jul 29, 2011
    It is pretty interesting that critics are generally satisfied with this album whereas fans are definitely divided. I belong toIt is pretty interesting that critics are generally satisfied with this album whereas fans are definitely divided. I belong to lovehatetragedy's fans - for me it's the best Papa Roach album. 'Decompression period', 'Life is a bullet', 'Black clouds' are powerful songs, 'She loves me not' won't get out of my head easily, 'M-80' makes me want to jump, scream, lets me feel the music inside me. Amazing album, but it seems that Papa Roach stopped to release albums as great as this one. Full Review »
  2. May 8, 2011
    Just a great album from a great band that has developed more and more throughout their career. This album isn't their best but contains real classics
  3. DaraghL.
    Sep 17, 2007
    Very different from infest, but still a masterpiece.