With 'Blue-Sky Research' Taproot takes another step away from the nu-metal stuff that they did in their beginning. If 2002's 'Welcome' was a more rock oriented, Alice in Chains influenced record than their previous ones, with just simple and distorted guitar riffs, this new work is even more in that vein. They now seem closer to alt-rock acts like Incubus or Foo Fighters than to pseudo-metal bands like LimpBizkit, Disturbed or KoRn.
They had also drop out their almost trademark loud-then soft-then loud-then soft again style which they were using in almost all their songs and that became just a little annoying.
In short, this new album from Michigan rockers Taproot is maybe their best overall effort, more mature, more complex, and at the sime time more different from anything they have done. 4 stars.
01. I Will Not Fall For You
02. Violent Seas
06. Forever Endeavor
07. April Suits
08. Lost In the Woods
09. So Eager
13. Blue-Sky Research/What's Left