Even though the release of this CD will be in about a week, I think it's not too early for a review as it is just a best-of collection of known songs.
About the songs:
Papa Roach covered quite a wide range of musical styles throughout their career, so it is a good choice to keep it (almost) in a chronological order.
It starts off with "Broken Home" and "Last Resort" from Papa Roach's major label debut album 'Infest', featuring pure Nu Metal, strong guitars with rapping and singing of frontman Jacoby Shaddix.
The next two songs "Time and Time Again" and "She Loves Me Not" are from their second album 'Lovehatetragedy'. These songs already show that Papa Roach was going to change away from Nu Metal and its rap influence rather to rock.
The next three songs ("Scars", "Getting Away with Murder" and "Just Go (Never Look Back)") are from my favourite Papa Roach album 'Getting Away With Murder' featuring great, hard guitar riffs, but also show a softer side with Scars. The last one, Just Go, could be the one reason for you to buy this CD even though you already have some of the songs, because it is a B-Side and was not released on the actual CD. You also can't find it on many legal download stores like iTunes.
The songs "Reckless" and "Forever" from Papa Roach's forth album "The Paramour Sessions" take away a bit of the hard rock sound of the previous album and show a much softer approach.
The finishing songs "Had Enough", "Lifeline" and "Hollywood Whore" are from the (at the moment) latest album "Metamorphosis". As the title suggests Papa Roach now completed their transformation into rock, great guitars, great drumming and great singing.
The very last song, an acoustic version of Scars might be another reason to get this as it was not on the normal versions of the studio albums (I don't know about international editions), but only on the single of "Scars".
But you can easily get it as a single download e.g. on iTunes without having to buy the whole CD.
As you will have noticed: I personally like Papa Roach, but as always in music, you have to find out for yourself if you like it or not as we all have a different taste in music. Listen to the previews or look up some songs on youtube.
But generally, if you look for solid rock, this is good music!
So why do I only give 2 Stars?
It's because the reason I buy music CDs and don't just download it illegally is that I think musicians deserve to be paid for their music.
Papa Roach has changed to an independent label a few months ago and this collection was made without their support.
No money that you spend on this CD will actually go to the artists!
One extra star only for the music.
I recommend to you to buy their single studio albums depending on your taste of music, because this CD is not supported by Papa Roach and because it leaves out many of the "best" songs of the albums.
If you like Nu Metal go with the first ones, if you hate rap and love hard rock guitar riffs go with the last ones.