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Welcome [Explicit Lyrics]

TaprootAudio CD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (156 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (October 15, 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Explicit Lyrics
  • Label: Atlantic
  • ASIN: B000069KI1
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (156 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #148,494 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Mine
2. Poem
3. Everything
4. Art
5. Myself
6. When
7. Fault
8. Sumtimes
9. Breathe
10. Like
11. Dreams
12. Time

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Produced by Toby Wright (Alice In Chains, Korn, Metallica) and mixed by Andy Wallace (Nirvana, Limp Bizkit, Foo Fighters), the 12-track collection finds the Ann Arbor-based quartet in a more reflective - but no less aggressive - frame of mind. Since their foundation in 1997, TapRoot - Stephen Richards (vocals), Mike DeWolf (guitars), Philip Lipscomb (bass), and Jarrod Montague (drums) - have earned a rabid following among discerning hard rock loyalists.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It takes getting used to.... October 18, 2002
By Rene
Format:Audio CD
I LOVED Gift, in fact i still love it. After hearing Again and Again, I was sold. Gift is one of my favorite cds. Very Heavy, however Gift had alot of "mindless heavyness". Dont get me wrong, I love heavyness, but the songs on Gift were so similar, even though most songs rule, the cd is quite repetitive. Now I was expecting more of the same heavyness from Welcome, but I still didnt know what to expect. This cd is similar to Korn's Untouchables because the music was different than the previous cds, but it takes time to get used to. Thats how Welcome is. I found that Welcome became better and better with each listen. Indeed its more melodic than Gift, but its good melodic, not Pop melodic. Thank god Stephen Richards still screams...that rules. Basically, I think most Taproot fans will eventually enjoy this cd, you just need to give it some time to get used to it and listen with an open mind.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Taproot - "Welcome" October 27, 2002
Format:Audio CD
This CD is filled with deep, melodic, emotional, and hard rock music that will leave you in the dust. "Welcome" is one of those CD's you can just put in and let run from top to bottom. From the metal sounds of "Dreams" to the soft personal touch of songs such as "Like", this album will take you on a ride you won't soon forget. The CD's single, "Poem" is an in-your-face metal song with emotionally charged lyrics backed by a massive chorus that seems to leave you in awe. It's so rare to see a band acknowledging that they are actually singing a song, "This song is a poem to myself" exemplifies what make a song a song, without music it's just a poem. Taproot seemed to surpass the expectations put forth by "Gift." You can look forward to great things from this band if they keep turning out albums like "Welcome" in the years to come. Without a doubt, worth the price of the CD.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I Feel Very Welcomed December 24, 2003
By Will
Format:Audio CD
I'm not going to judge Welcome in comparison with Gift.Each album has it's own good and bad elements, Gift was hard hitting and heavy, Welcome was more mellower and contains very catchy choruses with a lot of the heaviness we came to know and love in Gift.I'm very glad I bought this cd, it comes to show how much Taproot matured, musically.This is my review for every track:
1.Mine-Second single and great intro song, heavy chorus and nice verse line, the verse keeps getting heavier and goes into the point of screaming in the chorus.10/10
2.Poem-First single,awesome song, I didn't think it was better than "Mine" but nonetheless awesome riffs and extremely catchy chorus.9/10
3.Everything-I like this song, depressing, semi-moody song.Best part of the lyrics(Look at me now, I hope your proud, your everything to me.)9/10
4.Art-Probably the second most moving out of all the songs, this might bore some people, I love how they use some classical instruments such as violins and the bridge riff is awesome with Stephen screaming.9/10
5.Myself-The intro starts out heavy with start-stop riffs then goes quiet, the verse is nice, chorus is hard-hitting and heavy with an Alice in Chains sounding second vocals singing and a scream to be mixing in.A really nice ending after the pause.10/10
6.When-A song about frustration,depression, and hopelessness. The chorus riff is ,in my opinion, awesome as hell.Stephen growls near the end of the song, giving it a powerful feel to it.8/10
7.Fault-Starts off with an awesome riff you can jump to just a great riff.The chorus is alright.8/10
8.Sumtimes-Intro riffs for this song is...so, so.Usual Taproot verse. This song isn't that great,still heavy and the lyrics are uplifting.7/10
9.Breathe-I haven't listened to this song much.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Taproot's Best...A Hard Rocker's Must September 12, 2006
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Taproot have been called an Alice in Chains imitation. They are not. Welcome is one of the most creative disks in the Hard Rock genre. Unfortunately, they took a different direction after Welcome (October 2002) with Blue Sky Research (August 2005).

2002's Welcome separated Taproot from the generic Nu Metal infestation of this decade with off-time beats most clearly heard in songs like Everything, Fault and Sumtimes. Poem was Welcome's claim to radio play and it was a great, foot stompin' rocker. There were different styles and sounds to the tunes on Welcome, and the songs didn't have the Nu Metal Nickelback epidemic of not being able to tell when the track has changed.

Sure, Taproot clearly was influenced by Alice in Chains. In fact, Toby Wright, Welcome's producer, even co-produced some AiC disks. And singer Stephen Richards has an unmistakably clear singing voice that is a bit similar to the late, great Layne Staley.

But Taproot were definitely their own band on Welcome and put out one of the most unique sounding hard rock disks of 2002.

Unfortunately, Taproot lost some of their unique sound with Blue Sky Research, and went to the Nickelback monochromatic formula for some odd reason. My guess it was pressure from their label (Atlantic) to take the fun and creativity out of the music and make more radio friendly music (indeed they hired Billy Corgan [Smashing Pumpkins] to help with some of the Blue Sky tracks).

This past summer drummer Jarrod Montague revealed on Taproot's MySpace blog that the band had parted ways with Atlantic Records. So hopefully Taproot's 4th release will get back to the music that made them unique and hard.

Hard rockers looking for something mostly unique with a bit of an Alice in Chians Dirt influence should absolutely pick up Welcome.
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1.0 out of 5 stars doesn't play
I love this band and this cd a lot so I was happy when it showed up in the mail but when I opened the package the cd case looked like it had been cut into with a saw and the cd is... Read more
Published 7 months ago by cj
3.0 out of 5 stars TAPROOT
Only bought this album for the song "poem" which is fantastic track, rest of album so so, true fans likely would love whole album, cd arrived in fast efficient manner in... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Glazy33
5.0 out of 5 stars one of the best albums ever
i can literaly listen to this album all the way through for hours on end. when this album came out it stayed in my cd player in my car for months.
Published 14 months ago by hondaroots
4.0 out of 5 stars Taproot doesn't dissapoint
If your unfamiliar with taproot, this should be one of the first you buy. Their ability to balance hard riffs and screams with melody is unmatched.
Published 17 months ago by TechJunkie
3.0 out of 5 stars Alright
Out of 12 or 13 songs this album has, only 2 songs are decent to actually listen to. The rest is just a hot mess and I wouldn't waste my money on the whole album again.
Published 17 months ago by Denise
5.0 out of 5 stars lovely
this band from Michigan is crunchy and raw and at the same time very mellow in your mind.... go ahead and take there trip ...you will be glad you did....
Published 18 months ago by Ray Bowman
4.0 out of 5 stars music to go
added this song to my wide variety of music on my phone for fun on the go being a taproot fan this is my fav album for now.
Published 20 months ago by shayna
5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible :)))
This cd i found when browsing cds in the library in humble, texas in search of a good nu metal band.. Read more
Published 22 months ago by aawesome
5.0 out of 5 stars Welcome To Paradise
After hearing Taproot's 2 newest albums, "Plead the Fifth", and "Episodes", I decided to seek out the band's first three albums, "Gift", "Welcome", and "Blue-Sky Research", as... Read more
Published on June 17, 2012 by Scamp4553
2.0 out of 5 stars Not What I Expected
When I bought this album on CD at Target nearly a decade ago, I was expecting more guitar riffs and grittier sound and was intrigued by the name Taproot. Read more
Published on December 16, 2011 by SimpsonsFan99
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