The Connection - Papa Roach
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Generally favorable reviews- based on 17 Ratings

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  • Summary: The seventh studio album for the nu-metal/hard rock band was produced by James Michael of Sixx: A.M. and John Feldmann of Goldfinger.
  • Record Label: Eleven Seven
  • Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock, Alternative Metal, Heavy Metal, Hard Rock
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 6
  2. Negative: 2 out of 6
  1. Oct 22, 2012
    It's the sound of a band who know their craft inside out, but who aren't afraid to grow and try something new. [29 Sep 2012, p.53]
  2. Oct 11, 2012
    Nu-metal survivors Papa Roach's sixth full-length is an exhilarating return to form.
  3. Oct 11, 2012
    In some ways, The Connection is perhaps the band's most contemporary-sounding album, though it still remains reverent to the nu-metal sound of the late '90s when it comes down to the overall feel of each tune.
  4. Oct 23, 2012
    The Connection is a stylistic leap, that shows surprising restraint, and--whisper it--maturity. [Nov 2012, p.102]
  5. Oct 11, 2012
    Papa Roach have the tools to be a damn good rock band, but they'll never be one unless they change the bloody record.
  6. It's nice that Shaddix is still alive, but Papa Roach remain irretrievably atrocious.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. Apr 21, 2013
    Papa Roach takes their sound in a surprising new direction. With excellent lyrics and sound this album is sure to satisfy. I have to admit despite the new sound the album feels very familiar, almost to the point of being unoriginal. Thankfully The Connection never takes that route. I loved every second of this album and in the end that's all that matters. Expand
  2. Sep 10, 2014
    Wow what a comeback!! After the disappointing Metamorphosis, this album hits hard. I was skeptical at first when I heard they were working with dubstep djs. I was expecting something similar to the disaster known as Korn's Path of Totality. Unlike Korn's Path of Totality, the Connection is still very guitar driven. The electronics serve as background icing. The best part is that Jacoby brings back a little bit of the Infest sound. Still Swinging, Not That Beautiful, and Won't Let Up all have rapping. The Connection may not be Papa Roach's best record but it is still a solid rock album. Give it a listen. Expand
  3. Oct 19, 2012
    Papa Roach come back with their basic elements and a little experimentation. The good thing about this album is that it surprises you at least at one point where you feel like, "Woah, I've never listened to this side of Papa Roach before!" and that's kind of exciting. I don't usually mention the titles of the songs in reviews but I must mention few of them here. "Before I Die", "Leader of the Broken Hearts", "Silence is the Enemy", "Not That Beautiful", "Wish You Never Met Me" and "Still Swingin'" are the great songs on this record. Jacoby Shaddix continues to shine like a diamond with his intense vocals. Production is handled properly, none of the songs are over/under produced. I always expect something different when it comes to music, I want the artists I like to keep evolving so that I get to hear different stuff from them and that's the reason I'm giving this record 8 marks because it does contain a few typical songs with the same pattern that I have been listening to for a long time. Overall, The Connection is a powerful record incorporating slight hip-hop elements and somewhat genius lyrical themes that might also give you chills at certain points. Collapse