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  • Audio CD (April 10, 2012)
  • Original Release Date: 2012
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Victory Records
  • ASIN: B006TYJ4JY
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #195,946 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews

Coming off their Victory Records debut, Plead the Fifth, a highly successful Active Rock radio campaign, and multiple headlining tours, Taproot look to continue their reign atop the modern hard rock empire with their upcoming sixth full length release, The Episodes. This album is a poignant and complexly developed concept album with interlacing characters on their search for understanding. The tone and feeling throughout the storyline is dramatically reflected in the music Taproot has crafted on The Episodes. The new album expands upon all of the intense and melodic elements fans have come to expect from the band with an updated take on their style of heavy rock

Customer Reviews

I love Taproot, I really do...but almost every song sounds the same on this album.
ChrisTeem
I loved this album the first time I threw it in, and I like it more each time I listen to it.
C. Carter
After their last, I was hoping for much better. this left me a bit flat and irritated.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Scamp4553 on April 15, 2012
Format: Audio CD
At the end of my review for Plead the Fifth, I made a statement about this record, entitled The Episodes, hoping that it would improve from the already flawless album Plead the Fifth. After two listens to this new record, I would say that it does live up, even though not in the way that I expected it. Nevertheless, The Episodes is still one of the best records of 2012 so far, and the year is still relatively starting for rock music.

The Episodes is nothing like Taproot has done before. In fact, it's definitely a concept album. Each song tells a story, each song builds it way up as the album progresses, and it retains the melodic and heavy nature of the previous Taproot albums. The best "episodes" of this album (pardon the pun) are Good Morning, the already released to radio single No Surrender, The Everlasting, Around The Bend, A Kiss from the Sky, Strange And Fascinating, and the fitting and powerful ending We Don't Belong Here.

Sadly, this album is not getting as much positive attention on this website as Plead the Fifth, due to an odd robotic voice that appears on 5 of the 10 songs on the disc. I do agree that the robotic voice gets kind of distracting from the song, and it's sort of unnecessary. Thankfully, the robotic voice doesn't completely ruin the five songs, or the album in general. To me, this is one of the things that makes this album a "complex" album, and it tries to become different.

Overall, I recommend this album. It's a diverse album that perfectly balances melodic and heavy songs, and also uses more constructive time signatures as well as complexity. Sadly, due to the odd robotic voice, it doesn't level up to the lyrically excellent and straight-forward Plead the Fifth, not that The Episodes isn't straight forward.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kent Mauresmo on September 14, 2013
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I really like Taproot, i have all of their CD's. This is probably their worst CD of all time. I usually like about 90% of their songs on a CD, but I only liked about 3 songs on this album.

It's just my opinion. You should buy the CD and decide for yourself because everybody is looking for something different when they're listening to music.
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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Jonathan on June 9, 2012
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This is a concept album, an album telling a story, hence the narration of Stephen Hawking as some of you like to say. And you can say this is an experimentation album too. They wrote this many years back and decided to put the finishing touches on it and release it. So basically, its more of an album for them and their hardcore fans, not necessarily for newbies that are just breaking in to listening to the band. I love the album.
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By Kevin on October 6, 2013
Format: Audio CD
After this album first came out, I hated it. I couldn't get past the synth voice. I said "If only they could've kept the songs the same length just without that voice, I'd have liked it."

Honestly, it's taken until now, more than a year later, for me to truly appreciate it. Honestly, it's a very solid album and honestly I'd say I prefer it over Gift & Our Long Road Home. Basically- with this one, you've just got to get used to it. Once you do, it's a really chilling and good listening experience, much deeper than their more standard stuff (Not knocking the standard stuff though).

Still, hoping for a more traditional record next time around.
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By Brent N. Humphrey on February 27, 2013
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I feel Taproot is stretching their boundrys a bit.They have never been really widely accepted but they have been at it for a while.My fav albums from them are welcome and long road home.Blue sky research was very mainstream and radio freindly and was probaly the most widely accepted and played .This album leaves reaching back in their catalog.
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By BSC3ATW on February 21, 2013
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Taproot is a good band that has had a lot of good songs but this disc is a little different, if you have watched the videos for this disc it seems like this one is a story disc, or at least the videos are
there were a couple good songs but mostly it wasnt for me
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By Andrew Land on January 12, 2013
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Taproot's sixth album, "The Episodes" was one of my most anticipated releases in 2012. I have to admit that upon it's release I was less than impressed. It took more than a few plays before I began to appreciate what this album had to offer. For those fans who are fans of Taproot's previous releases, this is yet another evolution of their music. Just keep in mind that this is a concept album which unfolds through each track. While I recommend listening to the album from beginning to end in order to get the most out of it. The stand out tracks are "Lost Boy", "Memorial Park", "Around The Bend", "A Kiss From The Sky" and "Strange & Fascinating."
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I love Taproot, I really do...but almost every song sounds the same on this album. A little disappointing, but It still got 4 stars from me.
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