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The Episodes

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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
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (April 10, 2012)
  • Original Release Date: April 10, 2012
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Victory
  • Run Time: 42 minutes
  • ASIN: B006TYJ4JY
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #131,598 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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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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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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I've never really listened to Taproot before this, but after some discussion with co-workers I decided to check them out, and this was their most recent release, so that's where I went. I was hooked from the first track, Good Morning. The Episodes contains a very well done mix of all different types of music. Overall is a generic rock sound found in the single No Surrender. Memorial Park and The Everlasting are very well executed rock love ballads. There's some great musicianship to be found on this album for sure, some moments on the album break from traditional structure and the musicians just go with the music. One more favorite of mine on this album is the brief but hard to miss moments of screams and death metal growls scattered throughout the album, a nice finishing touch to an already solid production. Great songs, great musicianship. I'm new Taproot fan, I love it.
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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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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 like Taproot. I like most of any given song on this CD, but once it goes into the computer voice, it's very jarring and gross. Gross is the only word I can come up with. Had they sang those parts, it'd be great! The lyrics are wonderful, the sound is very Taproot-y, but ugh, the computer voice?
No. Completely ruined it for me
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Taproot is one of those few bands that I will run out and get their new album as soon as it comes out. I think they are one of the most talented and underrated bands out there. They are really good at mixing great melodies with hard riffs, and I love their music. I really feel like a lot of people don't give them the chance they deserve because they just lump them in with nu-metal bands, but they have always been much more than that. The only negative things I have to say about this album is that I don't like the album cover, and the computerized voice that they overused on this album. Another reviewer said it sounds like Steven Hawking from Family Guy, and that's exactly what it sounds like! I don't know if anyone remembers these, but I had a Speak and Spell when I was a kid, and it sounds like that. It's just an effect that loses it's novelty after a few lines, and I'm not sure why they used it for more than one song. It's kind of like they hired Steven Hawking as a full-time back up singer because it's in more than half of the songs. However, you would be a fool to pass up this album just because of that, the music is awesome. No Surrender stands out as my favorite song so far. They get better at creating really complex and creative vocal harmonies with each album. It took me a few listens to really like Blue Sky Research and now it's my favorite album. I loved this album the first time I threw it in, and I like it more each time I listen to it. I am so glad that they keep putting new music out, and this album is no let down.
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