Plead the Fifth -- clever title for a fifth album, that -- finds Taproot going back to basics, shedding the melodic flourishes of Blue-Sky Research and the progressive elements of Our Long Road Home in favor of the heavy grind of their first two albums. Being children of the new millennium nu-metal, Taproot’s metal isn’t exactly simple: they favor swings in dynamics and rhythm, alternating shouts and chants with drowning harmonies in fifths. 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.
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AllMusic Review by Stephen Thomas Erlewine