Tracklist1. 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
10. Run To
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Fans were on the fence with Taproot's last album, Blue Sky Research, and it severely divided many. A mixed bag of alternative rock, it included some of their best work and it continued to showcase Taproot's growth of at least trying trying something different with each new album. But now with Our Long Road Home the band seems confused and stalled when deciding which direction to take.
Opening with an album highlight, the heavy “Path Less Taken” is a surprisingly great nod back to their hard-rocking alt-metal Deftones-aping debut, but it's kind of a metaphorical premature ejaculation for the record as nothing seems to surpass it over the 38 minutes the record runs.
Taproot posted a MySpace bulletin a while ago expressing how they'd just got back from a dredg show and had been freshly inspired by seeing them, so I was somewhat hoping for them to "pull a Strata" on this record and go all dredg on us. Unfortunately, this hasn't been done, but we are treated to one dredg-inspired track, “As One,” which has the band's influence stamped all over it.
The trouble with this album is it's far too formulaic and lacks any sort of experimentation or deviancy from the norm, which is the opposite of their last two releases. The blatant nu metal of “Take It” sounds like a bland mixture of Papa Roach and Korn, while “You're Not Home Tonight” is the blase radio single, which was also the first song to be posted by the band preceding this release. When it was, the song was met with mixed reactions from listeners.
What Taproot have delivered to us is an underwhelming, fairly standard, alternative rock record which lacks any of the redeeming features of their previous works. While there are a few songs here that will satisfy rock radio, there are also too many generic moments in what sounds like a patchy mix of their last two records in where Taproot have lazily tried to please everybody with middling results.