The old saying of ‘if its not broken, don't fix it’, must be a formula that Papa Roach follows closely. The California originated four piece has been bringing forth exactly what their fans want with each album released. Who Do You Trust? is no exception to this whatsoever.
As the first track ‘The Ending’ fades in, its unsure what exactly we're in for. But as it launches in full steam, Jacoby Shaddix and crew are sounding better than ever. As the album progresses through each track, it seems like the Papa Roach lads have managed to find a new sound in the genre that they’re quite clearly the kings of. The title track ‘Who Do You Trust?’ is Papa Roach in all its glory. Distorted guitars, heavy bass lines and ground pounding percussion all tied together with Shaddix's definitive vocals, are what makes this band amazing. First single ‘Elevate’ is a showcase of how the band has brought a mix of genres together. Phenomenal vocals that are relatable and groove inducing dominate this track.
‘Come Around’ has some very relatable lyrics, but it's hard to find a track on this album that doesn’t. Shaddix's writing on this album, like every album Papa Roach releases, is straight from the heart. Touching on disconnection from society in ‘Feels Like Home’, to uplifting, life affirming positivity with ‘Top Of The World’, the lyric writing on this album is second to none. Shaddix has definitely dug deep into himself to put out songs that mean a hell of a lot to him.
As the album winds down, there's a solid 1-2 hit from ‘I Suffer Well’ and ‘Maniac’. Both these tracks have massive feeling and the thrashy guitar and fast paced percussion on the former shows that Papa Roach are always ready to try something out of their comfort zone to really show that they dominate a wide range of genres. With the final track delivering a toe-tapping under groove, the chorus just hits you straight in the heart with the mix of guitars and bass really ending complementing the heartfelt lyrics.
If you're a dedicated fan, then you've probably pre-ordered this album already. If you haven't had the opportunity to really engage with Papa Roach on an emotional level, then get your order in as this is an album that is a true display of power for the Californian heavy hitters and encapsulates what their musical style is all about.
Who Do You Trust? is available for pre-order now and is released on January 18 through Eleven/Seven and Sony Music
Papa Roach - Elevate (Official Lyric Video)