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Our Long Road Home

TaprootAudio CD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (September 16, 2008)
  • Original Release Date: 2008
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • ASIN: B001DSNG22
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #91,678 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Path Less Taken
2. Wherever I Stand
3. Be The 1
4. Hand That Holds True
5. Take It
6. It's Natural
7. As One
8. You're Not Home Tonight
9. Stethoscope
10. Run To
11. Karmaway
12. Footprints

Editorial Reviews

They've shared stages with the likes of Linkin Park and Queens of the Stone Age, blanketed the airwaves with hook-laden rock radio hits and saw all three of their albums (2000 s Gift, 2002 s Welcome, 2005 s Blue Sky Research) chart within the top 35 on Billboard s Top 200. We're talking of course about Ann Arbor, MI-based quartet TAPROOT, who have returned with their first album in three years the highly anticipated OUR LONG ROAD HOME.

After recording three albums for a major label, OUR LONG ROAD HOME will be Taproot s first as an indie band, and as vocalist/guitarist Stephen Richards tells it, that suits them just fine. A few years ago, that might ve been a scary thing, but it s a brand-new world out there now for bands like us. We no longer have to rely on a big record company to make things happen and that s exciting.

For this record, the band returned to their hometown of Ann Arbor, MI where they recorded in a converted barn just a few minutes down the road from Richards home. We made each of our previous albums in expensive studios and always had to keep one eye on the clock to finish on budget, says Richards. This time we got to record an album the way we did our early demos relaxed, at our own pace, and allowed to indulge in our own guilty pleasures. It proved that you can actually go home again.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Taproot matures September 17, 2008
Format:Audio CD
I was wondering how Taproot was going to follow up their best release, the amazingly varied "Blue-Sky Research," and I must say this new album is a pleasant surprise. The majority of the album is filled with mid-tempo songs that have more melody than they ever have used before. Sure there are still a few songs like the jaw dropping first song, "Path Less Taken" which shows that they can still be heavy if they want to, but songs like the amazing first single, "Wherever I Stand" set the tone for the album. Another highlight is "As One" which has one of the catchiest choruses you will ever hear from this band. Personally, I think that the band is much better now than they were when they first started out. They have risen above their nu-metal pasts and become an excellent melodic hard rock band. I think that "Blue-Sky Research" was their crowning jewel so far because it balanced out their heavy songs with their melodic songs almost perfectly, but this album is quickly winning me over. Just a refreshing listen overall.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Honest opinion from a longtime fan... September 18, 2008
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I have been a fan since Welcome. Then I backtracked to Gift, which by the way, is a great album. "Smile" and "Again and Again" are two of the best songs I've ever seen live. I saw these guys once on the Welcome tour and twice on the Blue Sky Research tour. I've seen over 50 bands live, ranging from Rage Against the Machine to the Beastie Boys(actually that was the same show and it was killer!!), but my favorite is Taproot. The energy simply can't be matched and Stephen has the least forced scream I've witnessed in person. I was a huge fan of Blue Sky Research. Easily their most diverse record, the tempo shifted from heavy to melodic and back seamlessly throughout the entire album.

That brings us to Our Long Road Home. Recorded in a remodeled barn near Stephen's home in Michigan, the band created it's first independent album since pre-Gift, giving them the freedom to do whatever they wanted. Unfortunately on some tracks, it's easy to understand why. Don't get me wrong, there are some killer cuts here. Old school fans will still dig the hell out of "Path Less Taken" and "Take It." "Karmaway" may be the highlight of the whole album. With its lazy, soaring guitar riff, it has a very un-Taproot vibe to it, almost epic in a way. The single "Wherever I Stand" is pretty catchy, but not in the same realm as past singles like "Poem" or "Calling." "Be the 1" grows on you and "Stethoscope" is a beautiful instrumental that seems like it could've been better off as an intro to an actual song.

With the good however, come the bad. "Run to" is the definition of cheesy nu-metal rock, even more so than "Promise" from BSR. The chorus just feels forced and would've been more appropriately sung by Chris Daughtry. It's just not very good.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Buy it! September 19, 2008
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I became a huge fan of Taproot after seeing the Poem video and buying Welcome. Welcome is one of my favorite albums of all time, with Myself topping the list of my favorite songs of all time. Blue Sky Research shocked me at first but turned out to be a fantastic album once I gave it some time and really got a chance to digest it. I've listened to it almost as much as Welcome and would put it in my top 10 albums of all time.

I just picked up Our Long Road Home and was, again, shocked. However, the more I listen to it the more I like it, much in the same way that Blue Sky Research won me over. I am absolutely blown away by It's Natural, a track featuring a female vocalist with Stephen. The same blown away I was when I first heard Myself, a track so different from anything I'd heard before that it became something special. The style of Stephen's vocals and the way they're mixed in this track is first rate. To be honest with you, I had goosebumps listening to it this morning driving to work when they have a duet at the end. Yes, it's THAT good. (Listening to it right now on my headphones!)

Now, don't get me wrong, the album isn't perfect but it's still a fantastic album. There are things I wish Taproot would do more of (a few heavier tracks and not sounding so commercial at times) but they've matured over the years and I think they're going to appeal to a much larger crowd with this release than they did with Blue Sky Research. Selling out, not at all. Making great music that a lot of people will love, yes.

Keep making great music, guys. Looking forward to seeing you on tour soon!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Very Hit and Miss... November 19, 2008
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I'm a huge fan of Taproot, since Gift. I've seen them live at least 5 or 6 times. Now, I understand a band has to evolve... I LOVED Blue Sky Research. I actually thought that was their best album. 2nd best is definitely Gift. I just really liked what they did on Blue Sky Research. So I was excited about Our Long Road Home.... but it just doesn't deliver. The songs, for the most part, are stock and just mediocre. I could see it doing well on the radio, but for fans it just doesn't deliver. However, a handful of songs are really good, those being 1. Path Less Taken, 3. Be The 1, and my favorite 7. As One. Everything else is supremely average. And the single Wherever I Stand is like a rehash of Calling, which was a song I never cared for.

Anyway, that's my quick review.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome!
This album is very rare to find, it's in a digipak form but it took me awhile to find it at a reasonable price and as soon as I got it, it was awesome. Read more
Published 21 months ago by JoB
5.0 out of 5 stars Taproot's 4th
This CD is not my favorite Taproot album, but it does rank number 2. I catch myself humming one of the songs on here quite often. It opens quite powerfully and ends very well.
Published on May 9, 2012 by Jazzy19
5.0 out of 5 stars Taproot Improve, Again
Each Taproot release improves upon the other in terms of song-writing and musical proficiency. These guys know how to write great songs and play their instruments very well. Read more
Published on December 29, 2009 by Ethan S. Tabor
3.0 out of 5 stars Average
I like Taproot and I own all their albums.I didn't dislike this album I just couldn't find any song I really like either. Read more
Published on October 2, 2009 by D. Nolan
3.0 out of 5 stars Taproot... the next Breaking Benjamin?
This album wasn't really worth the bother. I could've just waited till it came out so I could find some songs from it posted up online before I determined it wasn't, but I couldn't... Read more
Published on September 3, 2009 by iBolt!
4.0 out of 5 stars Taproot Our Long Road Home
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 rocks album release great
My son just became the drummer for this group. This is his lifelong dream. Taproot made that possible for him. I support all that they do and even though I am prejudice... Read more
Published on January 7, 2009 by P. Fredell
5.0 out of 5 stars actually bought the album
first time i heard the album, i thought it was an okay CD with a few stand out tracks (path less taken, where i stand, you're not home, karmaway) and the rest were so so. Read more
Published on November 15, 2008 by Draco
5.0 out of 5 stars Possibly the best Taproot CD yet!!
The very first song sets the tone. "Path Less Taken" is possibly the best song Taproot has ever written. Read more
Published on October 25, 2008 by Lee E. Strohe
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant songwriting and production... a terrific band!
I've got most of Taproot's albums, and this one is absolutely terrific. Its always sad when a metal band gets slaughtered in reviews for not being "hard enough", but you can read... Read more
Published on October 23, 2008 by Nanohead
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