lovehatetragedy - Papa Roach
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Generally favorable reviews- based on 40 Ratings

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  • Summary: The No-Cal rap-metal outfit returns with a second album for Dreamworks (their third overall). Lead singer Coby Dick has reverted back to his given name, Jacoby Shaddix, but otherwise, the band and sound remain the same.
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. 80
    A more crunchingly bare-bones record all around. [#8, p.123]
  3. 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.
  4. No post-nu-metal. No nu-post-hardcore. Just a solid, honest, rock album.
  5. Precise? Yes. But does it work your frustrations out? Only a little.
  6. In the moments when Shaddix's voice and lyrics don't detract from the band's remarkable bluster, Papa Roach soars.
  7. 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.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 16
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 16
  3. Negative: 6 out of 16
  1. Eposivia
    Mar 11, 2005
    10
    This album is the best of Papa Roach until now, I don't know why you people don't like it, but than please don't listen it if you get disappointed, the half of the people who gave it a low point comes with bullshit, why should you compare? It's about the feeling etc... Expand
  2. DaraghL.
    Sep 17, 2007
    10
    Very different from infest, but still a masterpiece.
  3. Jul 29, 2011
    10
    It 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. Expand
  4. vjvjhjgki
    Aug 26, 2002
    8
    Good riffs and lyrics, although sounds too similar to Infest.
  5. May 8, 2011
    7
    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
  6. NoahS.
    Jan 27, 2005
    7
    I'm not sure why people are comparing this album to RATM. The Infest album was a Rap/Metal outfit, this album is not at all. It has a completely different style, more like a Lit/Nirvana/Staind hybrid than any rap-rock business. There is one rap verse in the whole album, and it is the low point of the worst song on the album. Other than that song, the single (She Loves Me Not) I thought this was a very entertaining mood record. Expand
  7. Greg
    Jul 26, 2003
    0
    How in the hell did this shit band get a 74?! They are not even close to the level of RATM (who got only four more points for Renegades). Papa Roach's LoveHateTragedy is complete garbage, and if you compare it to the absolute zenith of the genre, RATM's self-titled, this album is laughable. BTW, I'm sick of hearing their crap on the Pepsi commercials. Expand

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