Gift (Taproot album)

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Gift
Taproot gift.jpg
Studio album by Taproot
Released June 27, 2000
Recorded January–March 2000 at Master Control Recording in Burbank, Los Angeles, California
Genre Nu metal
Length 43:22
Label Atlantic/Velvet Hammer
Producer Ulrich Wild
David Benveniste
Taproot chronology
Upon Us
(1999)
Gift
(2000)
Welcome
(2002)
Singles from Gift
  1. "Again & Again"
    Released: April 28, 2000
  2. "I"
    Released: 2001
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 2.5/5 stars[1]
Alternative Press 3/5 stars[2]
Drowned in Sound (10/10)[3]
Kerrang 5/5 stars[4]
PopMatters (average)[5]
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars[6]
Blabbermouth 8/10[7]

Gift is the first major label album by the rock group Taproot. It was released on June 27, 2000. "I" and "Again & Again" were minor Mainstream Rock singles. The album has sold at least 250,000 copies.[8]

Music and lyrics[edit]

Described as a nu metal album,[8][9] the album's lyrical topics are primarily about topics such as depression and disliking life.[1][8] Taproot's vocalist Stephen Richards' vocals on the album Gift have been compared to vocalists such as Chino Moreno, Trent Reznor, Jonathan Davis and Mike Patton.[1][6][8] The album consists of vocal styles such as singing, rapping, growling and screaming.[1][3][8] The album features characteristics that have been compared to Tool, Incubus, Deftones, Glassjaw, The Cure, Depeche Mode, Outkast, P.O.D., Faith No More, Slipknot and Papa Roach.[3][5][7][10]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "Smile" 3:33
2. "Again & Again" 3:56
3. "Emotional Times" 3:04
4. "Now" 3:23
5. "1 Nite Stand" 3:40
6. "Believed" 4:02
7. "Mentobe" 3:38
8. "I" 4:14
9. "Mirror's Reflection" 3:11
10. "Dragged Down" 3:31
11. "Comeback" 4:24
12. "Impact" 2:47
13. "Day By Day (Japan Bonus Track)" 3:21
Total length: 46:43

Notes[edit]

  • Tracks 2, 6, 7, 9 and 11 are re-recordings of early songs the appeared on the demos, "...Something More Than Nothing" and "Upon Us". Both were released in 1998 and 1999.
  • A b-side, "Day By Day", can be found on the Dracula 2000 soundtrack,CD single for "Again & Again" and the Japanese release of "Gift".
  • Other b-sides entitled "Thrift Whore", "Strive", and "Get Me" can be found through file-sharing networks.

Credits[edit]

Charts[edit]

Album - Billboard (North America)

Year Chart Position
2000 Heatseekers[12] #6
2000 The Billboard 200[12] #160

Singles - Billboard (North America)

Year Single Chart Position
2000 "Again & Again" Mainstream Rock Tracks[13] #39
2001 "I" Mainstream Rock Tracks[13] #34

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Allmusic review
  2. ^ Album reviews at CD Universe
  3. ^ a b c Drowned in Sound review
  4. ^ Strong, M.C. (2006). The Essential Rock Discography. Canongate. p. 421. ISBN 9781841958606. Retrieved 2014-10-05. 
  5. ^ a b PopMatters review
  6. ^ a b Rolling Stone review
  7. ^ a b Borivoj Krgin. "CD Reviews - Gift Taproot". Blabbermouth. 
  8. ^ a b c d e "CMJ New Music Report (Vol. 73, No. 6) - October 21st 2002". Vol. 73. CMJ Network, Inc. 2002. p. 23. ISSN 0890-0795.  (October 21st, 2002). Retrieved on October 10th, 2015
  9. ^ "Interview:Mike DeWolf of Taproot Cryptic Rock". Cryptic Rock. 
  10. ^ CMJ (July 10th, 2000). Page 24
  11. ^ a b c d e f g Gift - Taproot - Credits. Allmusic. Retrieved March 19th, 2011
  12. ^ a b Gift - Taproot - Billboard Albums. Allmusic. Retrieved March 19th, 2011
  13. ^ a b Gift - Taproot - Billboard Singles. Allmusic. Retrieved March 19th, 2011