Sound — 10
Unlike the many musicians who have changed their sound in accordance with the trends of the day, Papa Roach have developed by turning a deaf ear to the whims of the industry and the advice of so-called experts. These guys have combined so many different aspects of rock for this new record. They have not only experimented but they have mastered it. Each song has its own identity. They return a little more to their screaming rap-metal roots while making sure they still have a solid foothold in the rock industry. There's elements from both genres throughout the album. Getting Away With Murder is still loud and abrasive, however the real power and passion in the music lies in what the band has previously downplayed melody and vulnerability.
Lyrics — 10
A little rap here and there, but overall just great vocals by Coby on this one, truley, he has an amazing voice. On past records, his vocals were vehicles to express contempt and resentment, but after surviving the Benson bootcamp, Shaddix learned that he could express a myriad of emotions. Shaddix screams and keeps us entertained. The second half of the album shows us that he can also sing, in addition to earn himself a sore throat. In addition to exploring new musical and emotional realms on Getting Away With Murder, Shaddix also approached his lyrics from a different vantage point. Instead of immersing himself in hostility as with Infest or wallowing in dejection like on Lovehatetragedy, the singer examined the repercussions of past behaviors and expressed a desire to reinvent himself.
Overall Impression — 10
With Getting Away With Murder, Papa Roach offer fans of this sound an appropriately hard punch in the face. But there's a hollow sound as the bones collapse, because all that's supporting it is expensive art direction and a big scaffold of cliches. If you're willing to tolerate a few below-average songs, this album will probably surprise you.