Somehow, despite being a big fan of Papa Roach, and having a tattoo referencing a song from this album, I discovered I have yet to review their classic Getting Away With Murder album. The album was released on August 31, 2004, and features some of the most iconic Papa Roach songs. Those songs are the title track, "Getting Away With Murder" and "Scars."
Since I said I have a tattoo referencing one of the songs on this album, it goes without saying that I do enjoy this album a lot. Which admittedly, probably makes this review a bit redundant, but oh well! I'm doing it anyways.
The album peaked at number 17 on the Billboard 200, and is certified Platinum here in the US, Gold in Canada, and Silver in the UK, selling over a million copies in just the US alone. This album was also very different from some of their earlier work, and is what introduced the sound Papa Roach has held onto to this day. This was the first album to feature no rapping whatsoever, and instead had a hard rock vibe.
This album also features my all time favorite song, and the one I have referenced in ink on my arm. That song is "Scars", which surely everyone knows, but if you somehow don't, I will explain it really quickly.
Its a song about caring too much, and always being there for people and trying to help. Even when they don't deserve it and it does no good. Also in the song is that breaking point, and its all just so beautiful and something I personally relate to very well. Sometimes you just wear yourself very thin trying to help people, and you don't exactly know when to stop because you just care about them. Even the nicest people though come to that realization that sometimes you're working on something that's going to go no where. You can't help someone who doesn't want to help themselves.
My weakness is that I care too much, and its fantastic to have a song say exactly what you feel.
Its just a beautiful song, and if you somehow haven't heard it, go look it up. That goes for the entire album, of course but I cannot speak more highly of "Scars" if I tried. Anyways, moving on now.
Other songs on the album I personally want to talk about are obviously the title track, "Getting Away With Murder", and the last song on the album, "Do Or Die."
"Getting Away With Murder" doesn't have a lot of meaning to me personally, but it sort of seems to be about dealing with mental issues, and struggling a bit with life in general. I'm not sure if that's what was intended, but that's kind of how I take it. It stands out though because obviously its extremely iconic at this point, and its very catchy as well. Also, "It is impossible to never tell the truth" is such a great lyric, I'm just saying. Even compulsive liars are honest some times.
As for "Do Or Die", its a very inspiring track, that honestly I encourage everyone to check out. In the case of this song, the lyrics speak for themselves on how inspiring it is. "Its never too late to live your life. The time is now, its do or die. Its never too late to live your life. The time is now, its yours and mine." Just go out and live your life! That's all this song is about, and its pretty wonderful.
This album is so worth your time, and really is what set Papa Roach on the genre path they're on today. If you somehow, magically haven't heard it yet, be sure to go check it out and everything else they've released. I've been a big fan of their work for a long time now, and that's not changing. You can get this album, along with all of their other works wherever music is sold and use it to get excited because Papa Roach is working on new music.
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