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Blue Sky Research

TaprootAudio CD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (87 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (August 16, 2005)
  • Original Release Date: 2005
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Atlantic
  • ASIN: B0009U5CWW
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (87 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #93,290 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews

Taproot returns to the scene with Blue-Sky Research, their melodic yet hard-hitting follow-up to the critically acclaimed Welcome. Studio wiz Toby Wright (Alice in Chains, Kiss, Korn) pushed the band to write over 80 songs for this record. The hard work has paid off handsomely, as Blue-Sky Research delivers not only on every song, but as a cohesive album. Atlantic. 2005.

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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not The Taproot You Once Knew, But... September 4, 2005
Format:Audio CD
...Damn, this album is great!

It takes a little while to catch on, but Taproot's third album, "Blue Sky Research" really gets under your skin. On my first listen, it sounded like a mess of ideas compiled onto an album. But the more I listened, the more it creeped into my head. I would find myself, hours after having listened, having these sick melodies stuck in my head, courtesy of Taproot.

For starters, this album is a huge departure from the sound of 2000's "Gift" and their 2002 so-so follow-up, "Welcome." Their sound definitely moves farther from the nu-metal label (although, they were always above that) and focuses more on catchy riffs and better songwriting. Don't get me wrong, the band is still here. Songs such as the dark opener "I Will Not Fall For You" and "Facepeeler" are instant classics among the Taproot song-book. But then you have songs that, with a little help from some high-profile people, will shock more than a few ears. The first single, "Calling" alone is worth the purchase of this album, and it was even co-written by Jonah Matranga (Gratitude, Far), which is odd when you consider the music this man has made in his own career. The song is a perfect example of Taproot making an edgy, dark song into something very catchy and very addictive. The first day I had this album, I must've repeated this song a dozen times. A more well known collaborator in Billy Corgan helps out on three songs, "Violent Seas," "Lost In the Woods" and "Promise." Just like the songs he worked on for Breaking Benjamin's "We Are Not Alone," these tracks have the classic 'Pumpkins stamp on them, and yet, sound just right when filtered through a completely different band.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The fans are disappointing, not the record... October 24, 2005
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When you are younger, all you want is music that is extremely aggressive and angsty. It seems like a multitude of people reviewing this record are not the same age as the band that wrote and recorded it. So let's put that into perspective, if you think most "modern rock" bands are the pinnacle of song writing then your age is just showing. A lot of the bands that Taproot is currently touring with or that they are lumped in with are bland. That is just a simple truth and sure, it is just a matter of opinion but explain to me why CD sales are the way they are then? Yes, the RIAA is to blame as well... but I'm digressing.

I saw Taproot open up for the Deftones back in 2001 and in an anticipratory move, I bought "Gift". It suited what I was into then but listening to it recently there were things I realized. There are only a few songs that still hold up because it did follow a formula. When "Welcome" came out, I was really bored with the band and felt like they were not going anywhere interesting. They called it "experimental" but it just sounded like average radio rock at that time. I used to be what you call a "nu-metal" fan and the thing is that you get older. You grow up, you realize that a lot of the lyrics that you used to identify with are really self centered and immature. I loved Korn up until this last record that came out but Jon Davis writes boring songs literally because he has like three topics he sticks to and I really don't care how hard fame is. The Deftones are the only band from this grouping that I still say are in my top five favorite bands because they grow and were never really a mainstream act.

As soon as I heard that Taproot was working with Billy Corgan on this record, I became really excited because his work in general tends to eclipse all others.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars DIFFERENT IS NOT BAD!!!! July 20, 2006
By A.Y.
Format:Audio CD
GEEZ!! When will people stop bashing on bands who change up thier style of playing a little. If Di Vinci painted another painting of the Mona Lisa would anybody care? of course not! Its no longer original. Its the same with music, also an art. As bads(respectable ones) grow older their music matures and adds sophistication while still keeping their signature style, especially alt(not nu)-metal. They are artists, not musical xerox machines. If you look at legendary bands that most new bands idolize, you'll find that their music changed alot from album to album. Blue sky research had some very well written and deep songs all around both instrumentally and especially vocally. Even right off the bat with I will not fall for you(their most beautiful song yet), which is where they lost most of you idiots who dont know what real music is, the vocals and music were smooth as silk. I couldnt believe their new found sophistication when i heard it. They kept it coming the whole album most notably with calling and whats left. For those who appreciate great music buy this album immediately. For the rest of you who bashed this album, keep walking over to the pop section and buy a Good Charlotte or Green Day album. Dont worry, they're as cookie cutter as it gets. Shame on you!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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THE BAND: Stephen Richards (voice/guitar), Mike Dewolf (guitar), Jarrod Montague (drums & percussion), Phil Lipscomb (bass). The majority of the songs are written by Richards and Dewolf. Taproot is based out of Ann Arbor, Michigan.

THE DISC: 13 songs, approx 51 minutes long. Liner notes feature band pictures and song lyrics within. This is the band's 3rd album - previous releases are "Gift" (2000) and "Welcome" (2002).

COMMENTS: This album took me by surprise. After their "Gift" release sounded like any of the other Nu-Metal bands coming out at the time, and their 2nd album "Welcome" was just kind of ho-hum... this "Blue-Sky Research" floored me with catchy hooks, great singing (with an occasional well placed and never over done yell), and no filler. Every song is excellent... some of the tunes are downright finger snapping jazzy smart rock and roll. Typically, when I first buy an album, I like to give each song about 30-60 seconds just to get a flavor of it... first time I played this disc, I listened to the whole thing without hitting the fast forward button. It was that good. This is easily their best, most polished, complete work to date. Still is the influence of Alice In Chains (and solo Jerry Cantrell efforts), and even a touch of Tool, but they're still a unique sounding band. Billy Corgan helped on 3 songs - and you can hear his Smashing Pumpkins influence on these songs. "Blue-Sky" is much more radio friendly and I predict big things for this band in the near future. The first hit is "Calling" and it's an incredible song. Great guitar work with inspiring lyrics. I think many of their songs here are lyrically uplifting.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Album
If you are interested enough in Taproot to be reading this review, then you should buy this album, you won't be dissapointed.
Published on February 25, 2012 by Tim
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Taproot Album All Together
I've listened to Taproot in the past when a friend introduced me to songs like "I", "Again and Again", and "Poem". Read more
Published on May 2, 2009 by Justin
4.0 out of 5 stars Taproot Blue-Sky Research
I liked the album, but that doesn't really help you. As with any other online music purchase, take advantage of the previews and listen to part of all the songs before you decide... Read more
Published on April 19, 2009 by Joshua D. Martinez
5.0 out of 5 stars Taproot finally arrives
Prior to the release of this album, I had been an intrested observer of Taproot. Like many promising bands, they had substantial moments of greatness that had been tarnished by... Read more
Published on November 19, 2007 by Blue Hose Bone 311
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome CD
This review is a quote from my son who purchased the CD: "Firmly enjoyed the music, thumbs up"
Published on August 5, 2007 by Mrs. BC
5.0 out of 5 stars Blue-Sky Research by Taproot
This is a band about to be reborn, the amount of evolution in the members is remarkable. The chemistry overall is perfect with some of the songs being heart broken to even darker... Read more
Published on November 29, 2006 by J. Enns
5.0 out of 5 stars Pure Excellence.
This CD is wondorous. I've been a VERY long-time fan of Taproot, and I've enjoyed every one of their albums to date. Read more
Published on September 23, 2006 by Ryan
3.0 out of 5 stars Letdown
After the excellent 'welcome' CD that had a great mix of heaviness, melody and emotion comes this CD. Read more
Published on July 10, 2006 by Dons Word
3.0 out of 5 stars Don't Buy this on Impulse, try to get a listen to it somewhere first
I don't have a beef with taproot, except the fact they wonder why they only sold 100,000 copies of this album. I will tell you this, they have changed a whole LOT! Read more
Published on July 8, 2006 by D. Wobig
3.0 out of 5 stars Just plain awesome
Every single track on this CD has something different to offer. Its by far the best Taproot album and one of the best CDs for the year in my opinion.
Published on July 1, 2006 by Mark White
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