Taproot Blue Sky Research Review Assignment

This article is about the music album. For the mode of scientific research, see blue skies research.

Blue-Sky Research is Taproot's third major label album which was released on August 15, 2005 internationally and a day later in the United States. Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan co-wrote three songs on the album. Deftones guitarist Stephen Carpenter and Jonah Matranga from Far and Onelinedrawing make guest appearances. The band wrote over 80 songs for the effort.[1] "Calling" was released as the first single and was a moderate hit, while the second single, "Birthday", followed quietly. It is Taproot's last album with Atlantic Records, as both parties have decided to part ways. It has a different, softer, more alternative melody from the first two albums. The album has sold over 140,000 copies in the U.S., despite little label support.

Critical reception[edit]

Blue-Sky Research garnered mixed reviews from music critics who admired the genre shift and lush production but found it wasted with angst-filled lyrics. Corey Hoffy of AbsolutePunk praised the album for Wright's stellar production, the band's controlled instrumentation and Richards's lyrics approaching close to political territory, concluding that "this remains their most complex and best album to date."[2] Vik Bansal of musicOMH praised the band for taking a melodic approach to the record along with their standard nu-metal formula, concluding that "Depending on your point of view, Blue-Sky Research will either come across as hopelessly unfocused or else one of the more ambitious and versatile rock albums to emerge for quite a while. With the consistent strength of the tunes here, I lean towards the latter."[6] Johnny Loftus of AllMusic found the self-deprecating lyrics formulaic at times but found the contributions of Corgan and Matranga to the record a nice addition to the band's improved musicianship, saying that "even without the hired guns Blue-Sky Research is the most dynamic Taproot album yet (the self-penned "So Eager" proves that), and the album's heightened textures and less predictable turns successfully updates the band's sound."[3]Rolling Stone's Christian Hoard said that despite the band adding elements of modern rock and electronica to its brand of nu-metal, the album's songs get "dragged down by melodrama and the kind of adenoidal choruses that Incubus do much better."[5] Mikael Wood, writing for Blender, felt that the band was starting to become a relic of its given genre, saying that "On their third album, their lean Everydude grind—processed guitars stacked atop booming arena-rock drums—probes their feelings of insignificance in an all-too-workmanlike fashion."[4]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Jarrod Montague, Mike DeWolf, Philip Lipscomb and Stephen Richards. The co-writers are noted.

1."I Will Not Fall for You"3:01
2."Violent Seas" (B. Corgan)3:45
3."Birthday" (B. Marlette)4:29
5."Calling" (J. Matranga)3:53
6."Forever Endeavor" (B. Marlette)4:04
7."April Suits"3:27
8."Lost in the Woods" (B. Corgan)4:14
9."So Eager"4:00
10."She" (B. Marlette)3:25
11."Promise" (B. Corgan)3:35
13."Blue-Sky Research/What's Left"4:42
Total length:51:35


  • "Calling" was released in late 2005. It was used by the WWE as the theme song for their Unforgiven pay-per-view event in 2005.
    • Received radio airplay on June 27, 2005.
    • Music video premiered on MTV.com.
  • Another song titled "Who's to Say" was recorded during the Blue-Sky Research sessions but has yet to be officially released on CD because of record politics. Stephen Richards was hoping for it to be a single, but was disappointed that it did not make the final cut. The song was, however, available for download on the band's official MySpace page for a limited time.
  • "Facepeeler" was supposed to be the band's third single, but because of record politics and poor album sales, it did not make it as a single. However, the band did have a contest for the fans to create a music video.


Credits for Blue-Sky Research adapted from AllMusic.[7]


  • Mike DeWolf - Art conception, composer, design direction, guitar
  • Philip Lipscomb - Bass, composer
  • Jarrod Montague - Composer, drums
  • Stephen Richards - Composer, guitar, vocals


  • Keith Armstrong - Assistant engineer
  • Elliott Blakey - Engineer
  • Trevor Cole - Guitar technician
  • Lanre Gaba - Artist coordination
  • Eric Hackett - Drum technician
  • Dmitar Krnjaic - Assistant engineer
  • Chris Lord-Alge - Mixing
  • Vlado Meller - Mastering
  • Craig Rosen - Artist coordination
  • Mindy Ryu - Layout design
  • Mark Santangelo - Assistant
  • Tom Storms - A&R
  • Nitin Vadukul - Photography
  • Mark Wakefield - A&R
  • Toby Wright - Engineer, producer


Album - Billboard (North America)

2005The Billboard 200[8]#33

Singles - Billboard (North America)

2005"Calling"Mainstream Rock Tracks[9]#11
2005"Calling"Modern Rock Tracks[9]#23
2005"Birthday"Mainstream Rock Tracks[9]#39


  1. ^Blue Sky Research by Taproot - Listen, Review and Buy at ArtistDirect. Retrieved 23 March 2008
  2. ^ abHoffy, Corey (April 28, 2010). "Taproot – Blue-Sky Research – Review". AbsolutePunk. Archived from the original on May 4, 2010. Retrieved November 19, 2012. 
  3. ^ abLoftus, Johnny. "Blue-Sky Research - Taproot". AllMusic. Retrieved July 10, 2011. 
  4. ^ abWood, Mikael. "Taproot - Blue-Sky Research". Blender. Alpha Media Group. Archived from the original on November 30, 2005. Retrieved July 10, 2011. 
  5. ^ abHoard, Christian (September 8, 2005). "Taproot: Blue-Sky Research". Rolling Stone. Wenner Media. Archived from the original on November 12, 2007. Retrieved July 10, 2011. 
  6. ^Bansal, Vik (August 15, 2005). "Taproot – Blue-Sky Research". musicOMH. Retrieved April 7, 2016. [permanent dead link]
  7. ^"Blue-Sky Research - Taproot | Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved March 19, 2011. 
  8. ^Blue-Sky Research - Taproot > Charts & Awards at Allmusic. Retrieved 19 March 2011
  9. ^ abcBlue-Sky Research - Taproot > Billboard Singles at Allmusic. Retrieved 19 March 2011

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