Getting Away with Murder (album)

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Getting Away with Murder
A heart shown against a blue sky with wings is seen. We see the band's name above in black, and the album's title in black.
Studio album by
  • August 31, 2004
  • June 6, 2005 (tour edition)
RecordedOctober 2003–December 2003 in Los Angeles, California
ProducerHoward Benson
Papa Roach chronology
Getting Away with Murder
Rolling Stone Original
Singles from Getting Away with Murder
  1. "Getting Away with Murder"
    Released: July 31, 2004
  2. "Scars"
    Released: May 23, 2005
  3. "Take Me"
    Released: 2005
Alternative covers
Clean version
Clean version

Getting Away with Murder is the fourth and third major-label album by the American rock band Papa Roach. The album was a departure from the band's previous works, showcasing an alternative rock and hard rock sound instead of a nu metal and rap metal sound. Unlike their previous albums, the album features no rapping and instead features Jacoby Shaddix singing melodies. It was released on August 31, 2004 via Geffen Records and has been certified Gold in Canada and Platinum in America, selling at least 2.8 million units. Getting Away with Murder peaked at number 17 on the Billboard 200.


Production lasted from October to December 2003. During the recording of Getting Away With Murder, the band was not signed to a label as their previous label DreamWorks Records had recently been bought out. The band would later sign to Geffen Records. The album features a departure from the band's rap metal sound, as the band's vocalist Jacoby Shaddix was tired of rapping.[4]

The track "Just Go (Never Look Back)" was recorded in the album's sessions, but was ultimately left off the album.[5] The track would later be released on the band's future greatest hits album, ...To Be Loved: The Best of Papa Roach.

Release and promotion[edit]

Papa Roach released Getting Away With Murder on August 31, 2004. The album's first single was the title track. The album debuted at number 17 on the Billboard 200, with 52,000 copies sold, less than a half of "Lovehatetragedy". However, the title track saw success through radio and peaked at number two in the Mainstream Rock Tracks chart, number four on the Modern Rock Tracks and number 69 on the Billboard Hot 100. The second single, "Scars", peaked at number four on the Mainstream Rock Tracks chart, number two on the Modern Rock Tracks chart, number 15 on the Billboard Hot 100, and number seven on the Pop Songs chart, becoming the band's biggest hit in the United States. "Scars" was ranked at number 36 as the greatest song of 2005 and as the most successful song of the year by Billboard, becoming the band's first and only song to be included on Billboard's year-end charts, in addition, "Scars" was the band's first song to crossover to top 40 radio since their breakthrough hit, "Last Resort". The song "Take Me" also charted on the Alternative songs chart (at number 23), and on the Mainstream Rock Tracks chart (at number 11) despite not being released as a single. To support the album, the band toured throughout 2004 and 2005. Getting Away With Murder eventually achieved a Platinum certification in the United States, after spending 61 weeks on the Billboard 200 thanks to the hit of "Scars", outselling "Lovehatetragedy". As of 2012, the album has sold over 5,000,000 copies worldwide, of which 1,000,000 for the U.S.[citation needed] It is their second best-selling album after their debut "Infest", also their first and only album to have at least two Hot 100 hits.

Several other tracks were used to promote the album across various mediums. The track "Blood (Empty Promises)" was featured on the Saw II soundtrack and the track "Getting Away with Murder" was featured in the end credits of The Chronicles of Riddick, as well as the video games MechAssault 2: Lone Wolf and MX vs. ATV Unleashed. "Not Listening" was used in the trailer for Resident Evil: Apocalypse and is also featured in the video games NASCAR 2005: Chase for the Cup, Gran Turismo 4, and FlatOut 2.


Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic2/5 stars[6]
Blender3/5 stars[7]
Melodic3.5/5 stars[9]
Rolling Stone3/5 stars[10]
Sputnikmusic4/5 stars[11]
ThePRP3/5 stars[12]

Critical response to Getting Away with Murder was mixed. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the album has received an average score of 59, based on eight reviews.[13] However, it did gain more positive response from the fans than their previous effort.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks are written by Jacoby Shaddix and Tobin Esperance, except where noted.

1."Blood (Empty Promises)" 2:55
2."Not Listening" 3:09
3."Stop Looking Start Seeing" 3:08
4."Take Me" 3:26
5."Getting Away with Murder"
  • Shaddix
  • Esperance
  • Jerry Horton
6."Be Free" 3:17
7."Done with You" 2:52
8."Scars" 3:28
  • Shaddix
  • Esperance
  • Dave Buckner
  • Horton
10."Blanket of Fear" 3:21
11."Tyranny of Normality" 2:40
12."Do or Die"
  • Shaddix
  • Esperance
  • Horton
Total length:38:00
Bonus tracks
13."Harder Than a Coffin Nail"
  • Shaddix
  • Esperance
  • Buckner
  • Horton
14."Caught Dead"
  • Shaddix
  • Esperance
  • Buckner
  • Horton
15."Take Me" (live) 3:29
Original track listing
1."Not Listening"3:09
2."Take Me"3:26
3."Getting Away with Murder"3:12
5."Be Free"3:17
6."Visions" (retitled "Do or Die")3:21
7."Done with You"2:52
8."Blood (Empty Promises)"2:55
9."Just Go"2:56
10."These Walls" (retitled "Stop Looking, Start Seeing")3:07
12."Tyranny of Normality"2:40
Total length:37:35


Papa Roach[edit]

  • Jacoby Shaddix – lead vocals
  • Jerry Horton – guitar, backing vocals
  • Tobin Esperance – bass, backing vocals
  • Dave Buckner – drums

Additional musicians[edit]

  • Programming by Howard Benson and Paul Decarli
  • Keyboards by Howard Benson


  • Produced by Howard Benson at Bay 7 Studios Valley Village, CA and Sparky Dark Studio, Calabasas, CA
  • Mixed by Chris Lord-Alge at Image Recorders, Hollywood, CA
  • "Blanket of Fear" mixed by Mike Plotnikoff at Bay 7 Studio, Valley Village, CA
  • Recorded by Mike Plotnikoff
  • Additional engineering by Eric Miller
  • Pro Tools editing by Paul Decarli, Mike Plotnikoff, and Eric Miller
  • Mastered by Ted Jensen at Sterling Sound, NYC
  • Drum technician: Gersh for Drum Fetish
  • Guitar guru: Keith Nelson
  • Pre-production technician: Bob Wall
  • Pre-production studios: Mates
  • Production coordinator: Dana Childs
  • Management by Mike Renault and Dennis Sanders
  • Booking: Jenna Adler for Creative Artists Agency
  • European booking: John Jackson for Helter Skelter
  • Business management: Jonathan Schwartz for GSO
  • Legal representation: Eric Greenspan for Myman, Abell, Fineman, Greenspan, and Light LLP
  • A&R coordination: Graham Martin
  • Marketing by Jen Littleton
  • Art direction by Greg Patterson, Jerry Horton and Dave Buckner
  • Band photography by Olaf Heine, Jerry Horton
  • Additional photography: Michael D. Knight, Lisa Sweet, and Dave Rau
  • Graphic design: Greg Patterson for
  • Enhanced CD produced by Greg Patterson and Devin Dehaven for FORTRESSDVD
  • Edited by Devin Dehaven, Tim Mardesich and Tony Minter
  • Opening sequence by BACKWARDHEROES
  • Avid DS operator: Bruce. W. Cathcart
  • A&R: Ron Handler



Year Chart Position
2004 Billboard 200 17


Year Single Chart Peak
2004 "Getting Away with Murder" Billboard Hot 100 69
Modern Rock Tracks 4
Mainstream Rock Tracks 2
2005 "Scars" Billboard Hot 100 15
Pop 100 8
Modern Rock Tracks 2
Mainstream Rock Tracks 4
Mainstream Top 40 7
Adult Top 40 31
Hot Digital Songs 15



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