Plead the Fifth (album)

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Plead the Fifth
Taproot plead the fifth.png
Studio album by Taproot
Released May 11, 2010 (2010-05-11)
Recorded Saline, Michigan
Genre Alternative metal, nu metal[1]
Length 40:12
Label Victory
Producer Tim Patalan
Taproot chronology
Our Long Road Home
Plead the Fifth
The Episodes
Singles from Plead the Fifth
  1. "Fractured (Everything I Said Was True)"
    Released: February 16, 2010
  2. "Release Me"
    Released: September 14, 2010

Plead the Fifth is the fifth studio album by American alternative metal band Taproot. Originally planned for an April 13, 2010 release, it was delayed to May 11. The album marks Taproot's first release through Victory Records, having signed in November 2009. "Fractured (Everything I Said Was True)" was released as the lead single, followed by "Release Me". The confirmed track listing was released on the Victory Records website.

Guitarist Mike DeWolf described the album's sound as a return to the heavy nature of Taproot's early material:

"We're definitely making it as heavy as possible and aggressive while still keeping a lot of the beautiful melodies and just the general beauty of things in it. We're using a lot more of our baritone guitars, which was sort of the signature of the Gift and Welcome [2002] years, so that immediately makes things a lot heavier."[2]

The album debuted at number 107 on the Billboard 200 chart, with first week sales of 5,500.

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating 2.5/5 stars[3]
AbsolutePunk (78%)[4]
AllMusic 2.5/5 stars[5]
Thrash Hits 5/6 stars[6]

Corey Hoffy of AbsolutePunk said that despite not coming close to Blue-Sky Research, he commended the band for returning to their heavier roots from their earlier work while maintaining a modicum of melodies, concluding that "Overall, I was impressed with the musical approach and the vocal approach the band took. The downfall (of us all?) though lies in its lack of creativity and typical lyrics. Even with all of its faults though, the band seems to be having more fun than ever, and it's easy to tell that after five studio releases, this band is finally going to go places."[4] AllMusic's Stephen Thomas Erlewine said of the record, "It’s a bunch of twists and turns in search of a song, and if Taproot doesn’t necessarily find melodic through-lines, they nevertheless know how to construct vehicles for their flair, which is darker and heavier than it has been in some time – and that may be enough to please the hardcore who have been dismayed by the band’s ambition of late."[5] Tim Grierson of felt the band's return to a more straightforward sound was a misstep that resulted in tracks sounding too alike to each other, despite Stephen Richards remaining a vocal presence behind tracks like "No View Is True" and "Release Me".[3]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "Now Rise" 3:26
2. "Game Over" 3:29
3. "Fractured (Everything I Said Was True)" 3:16
4. "Release Me" 4:33
5. "Stolage" 3:38
6. "911ost" 3:07
7. "Trophy WiFi" 3:49
8. "Words Don't Mean a Thing" 3:28
9. "Left Behind" 3:42
10. "No View Is True" 3:38
11. "Stares" 4:11
Total length: 40:12


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  2. ^ TAPROOT's 'Plead The Fifth' Pushed Back To May (March 5, 2010).
  3. ^ a b Grierson, Tim. "Taproot - 'Plead the Fifth' Review". Retrieved November 19, 2012. 
  4. ^ a b Hoffy, Corey (May 16, 2010). "Taproot - Plead the Fifth". AbsolutePunk. Archived from the original on May 23, 2010. Retrieved November 19, 2012. 
  5. ^ a b Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Plead the Fifth - Taproot". AllMusic. Retrieved November 4, 2016. 
  6. ^ Thrash Hits review