Papa Roach

Who Do You Trust?

Classic Rock - - Album -

Cali nu metal grunts at­tempt to keep up with the times.

Modern rock bands have had to evolve to pros­per – rope in a rap­per here, swap a gui­tarist for an elec­tron­ics whizz there, deck your­self out in geo­met­ric-print shirts…

Who Do You Trust? is Papa Roach’s not en­tirely con­vinc­ing at­tempt to mus­cle in on the ac­tion. Traces of their old sound re­main, but for the most part they’ve gone for the pop jugu­lar. With their rat­tling dig­i­tal rhythms and pro­cessed gui­tars, El­e­vate and Top Of The World come on like a TK Maxx Imag­ine Dragons. Not a crime, true, but the stench of cyn­i­cal trend­chas­ing is so over­whelm­ing that it should come with a free clothes peg to put on your nose.

When they do re­vert to type, as on the 15-years-past-its-sell- by-date Rage Against The Ma­chine knock-off Rene­gade Mu­sic, it serves only to am­pli­fiy the gulf be­tween who Papa Roach want to be and who they re­ally are.

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