Album: Papa Roach, The Connection (Eleven Seven)

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The Independent Culture

Great art often springs from trauma.

So, however, does The Connection. Singer Jacoby Shaddix recently returned from the brink of suicide after a marriage break-up which inspired him to write "Before I Die" and, by extension, this album, which is dominated by the kind of dim-witted Nu Metal you hear pumping from every provincial rock night where the Noughties never happened. It's nice that Shaddix is still alive, but Papa Roach remain irretrievably atrocious.