Who Do You Trust?
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.