Getting Away with Murder (album)

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Getting Away with Murder
Studio album by Papa Roach
Released August 31, 2004
June 6, 2005 (Tour Edition)
Recorded October 2003–December 2003 in Los Angeles, California
Length 38:00
Label Geffen
Producer Howard 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

Getting Away with Murder is the fourth album by Californian rock band Papa Roach. The album was a departure from the band's previous works, showcasing a alternative rock and alternative metal sound instead of nu metal and rap metal. Unlike their first two albums, the album features no rapping and instead showcase Jacoby Shaddix singing voice melodies. It was released on August 31, 2004 via Geffen Records and has been certified Gold in Canada and Platinum in America, selling more than 2.8 million units. Getting Away with Murder peaked at #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 saw a departure from the band's previous nu metal sound, as lead vocalist Jacoby Shaddix was tired of rapping.[1]

The track "Just Go (Never Look Back)" was recorded in the album's sessions, but was ultimately left off the album.[2] 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 #17 on the Billboard 200. However, the title track saw success through radio and peaked at #2 in the Mainstream Rock Tracks chart, #4 on the Modern Rock Tracks and #69 on the Billboard Hot 100. The second single, "Scars", peaked at #4 on the Mainstream Rock Tracks chart, #2 on the Modern Rock Tracks chart, #15 on the Billboard Hot 100, and #7 on the Pop Songs chart, becoming the band's biggest hit in the United States. "Scars" was ranked at #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". To support the album, the band toured throughout 2004 and 2005. Getting Away With Murder eventually achieved a platinum certification in the U.S.As of 2012 the album has sold over 5,000,000 copies worldwide, of which 1,000,000 for the U.S.

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 third-person shooter game Mechassault 2: Lone Wolf. "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
Source Rating
Allmusic 2/5 stars link
Blender 3/5 stars link[dead link]
IGN (5.5/10) link
Melodic 3.5/5 stars link
New York Times link
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars Archived September 28, 2004 at the Wayback Machine
Sputnikmusic 4/5 stars link
ThePRP 3/5 stars Archived September 10, 2004 at the Wayback Machine

Initial 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 8 reviews.[3]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Jacoby Shaddix and Tobin Esperance, except as noted. 

No. Title Writer(s) Length
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 3:12
6. "Be Free"     3:17
7. "Done with You"     2:52
8. "Scars"     3:28
9. "Sometimes"   Shaddix, Esperance, Dave Buckner, Horton 3:07
10. "Blanket of Fear"     3:21
11. "Tyranny of Normality"     2:40
12. "Do or Die"   Shaddix, Esperance, Horton 3:25
Total length:

Bonus Tracks

No. Title Writer(s) Length
13. "Harder Than a Coffin Nail"   Shaddix, Esperance, Buckner, Horton 3:28
14. "Caught Dead"   Shaddix, Esperance, Buckner, Horton 3:04
15. "Take Me" (Live)   3:29

Original Tracklisting


Country Certification Sales/shipments
Canada Gold[4] 50,000
United States Platinum[5] 1,000,000

Chart positions[edit]

Album - Billboard

Year Chart Position
2004 The Billboard 200 17

Singles - Billboard

Year Single Chart Position
2004 Getting Away with Murder The Billboard Hot 100 69
Modern Rock Tracks 4
Mainstream Rock Tracks 2
2005 Scars The 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


Papa Roach
Additional musicians
  • 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
  • ProTools 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