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Called the “next contenders for the nu metal crown” by Rolling Stone magazine after the release of their debut album Gift in 2000, Ann Arbor natives Taproot gained further crucial support from heavy rotation on MTV’s Headbanger’s Ball and inclusion on that year’s high-profile Ozzfest tour. Following with the Top 20 albumWelcome in 2002 and the hit single “Poem,” which sprinted up Billboard‘s Mainstream Rock chart, it became the band’s best selling album.
Taproot explored a more melodic and basic rock direction with their third album, Blue-Sky Research (2005). Breaking away from the over-saturated alt-metal sound, the band instead focused on being musically unpredictable. Bassist Phil Lipscomb used this opportunity to punch up the songs without punching them out. His work on the winding “I Will Not Fall For You” and the pensive “Lost In The Woods” helped Taproot tap into its newfound potential.