Blue-Sky Research

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Blue-Sky Research
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Studio album by Taproot
Released August 16, 2005
Recorded October 2004 - January 2005 in Los Angeles, California
Genre Post-grunge, alternative metal, alternative rock
Length 51:35
Label Atlantic / Velvet Hammer
Producer Toby Wright
Taproot chronology
Blue-Sky Research
Our Long Road Home
Singles from Blue-Sky Research
  1. "Calling"
    Released: June 27, 2005
  2. "Birthday"
    Released: 2005
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AbsolutePunk 86%[1]
AllMusic 2.5/5 stars[2]
Blender 2/5 stars[3]
musicOMH (favorable)[4]
Rolling Stone 2/5 stars[5]

Blue-Sky Research is Taproot's third major label album which was released on August 15, 2005 internationally and a day later in the United States. Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan co-wrote three songs on the album. Jonah Matranga from Far and Onelinedrawing and Deftones guitarist Stephen Carpenter make guest appearances. The band wrote over 80 songs for the effort.[6] "Calling" was released as the first single and was a moderate hit, while the second single, "Birthday", followed quietly. It is Taproot's last album with Atlantic Records, as both parties have decided to part ways. It has a different, softer, more alternative melody from the first two albums. The album has sold over 140,000 copies in the U.S., despite little label support.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Jarrod Montague, Mike DeWolf, Philip Lipscomb and Stephen Richards. The co-writers are noted. 

No. Title Length
1. "I Will Not Fall for You"   3:01
2. "Violent Seas" (B. Corgan) 3:45
3. "Birthday" (B. Marlette) 4:29
4. "Facepeeler"   4:49
5. "Calling" (J. Matranga) 3:53
6. "Forever Endeavor" (B. Marlette) 4:04
7. "April Suits"   3:27
8. "Lost in the Woods" (B. Corgan) 4:14
9. "So Eager"   4:00
10. "She" (B. Marlette) 3:25
11. "Promise" (B. Corgan) 3:35
12. "Nightmare"   4:02
13. "Blue-Sky Research/What's Left"   4:42
Total length:


  • "Calling" was released in late 2005. It was used by the WWE as the theme song for their Unforgiven pay-per-view event in 2005.
    • Received radio airplay on June 27, 2005.
    • Music video premiered on
  • Another song titled "Who's to Say" was recorded during the Blue-Sky Research sessions but has yet to be officially released on CD because of record politics. Stephen Richards was hoping for it to be a single, but was disappointed that it did not make the final cut. The song was, however, available for download on the band's official MySpace page for a limited time.
  • "Facepeeler" was supposed to be the band's third single, but because of record politics and poor album sales, it did not make it as a single. However, the band did have a contest for the fans to create a music video.



  • Mike DeWolf - Art conception, composer, design direction, guitar[7]
  • Philip Lipscomb - Bass, composer[7]
  • Jarrod Montague - Composer, drums[7]
  • Stephen Richards - Composer, guitar, vocals[7]


  • Keith Armstrong - Assistant engineer[7]
  • Elliott Blakey - Engineer[7]
  • Trevor Cole - Guitar technician[7]
  • Lanre Gaba - Artist coordination[7]
  • Eric Hackett - Drum technician[7]
  • Dmitar Krnjaic - Assistant engineer[7]
  • Chris Lord-Alge - Mixing[7]
  • Vlado Meller - Mastering[7]
  • Craig Rosen - Artist coordination[7]
  • Mindy Ryu - Layout design[7]
  • Mark Santangelo - Assistant[7]
  • Tom Storms - A&R[7]
  • Nitin Vadukul - Photography[7]
  • Mark Wakefield - A&R[7]
  • Toby Wright - Engineer, producer[7]


Album - Billboard (North America)

Year Chart Position
2005 The Billboard 200[8] #33

Singles - Billboard (North America)

Year Single Chart Position
2005 "Calling" Mainstream Rock Tracks[9] #11
2005 "Calling" Modern Rock Tracks[9] #23
2005 "Birthday" Mainstream Rock Tracks[9] #39


  1. ^ AbsolutePunk review
  2. ^ AllMusic review
  3. ^ Blender review[dead link]
  4. ^ musicOMH review
  5. ^ Rolling Stone review at the Wayback Machine (archived November 12, 2007)
  6. ^ Blue Sky Research by Taproot - Listen, Review and Buy at ArtistDirect. Retrieved 23 March 2008
  7. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s Blue-Sky Research - Taproot > Credits at Allmusic. Retrieved 19 March 2011
  8. ^ Blue-Sky Research - Taproot > Charts & Awards at Allmusic. Retrieved 19 March 2011
  9. ^ a b c Blue-Sky Research - Taproot > Billboard Singles at Allmusic. Retrieved 19 March 2011