Getting Away with Murder (album)

Getting Away with Murder
Studio album by Papa Roach
Released August 31, 2004
June 6, 2005 (Tour Edition)
Recorded October 2003–December 2003 in Los Angeles, California
Genre Alternative rock,[1] hard rock,[2] alternative metal[3]
Length 38:00
Label Geffen
Producer Howard Benson
Papa Roach chronology
Getting Away with Murder
Rolling Stone Original
Singles from Getting Away with Murder
  1. "Getting Away with Murder"
    Released: July 31, 2004
  2. "Scars"
    Released: May 23, 2005
  3. "Take Me"
    Released: 2005
Alternative covers
Clean Version

Getting Away with Murder is the fourth album by the rock band Papa Roach. The album was a departure from the band's previous works, showcasing an alternative rock and hard rock sound instead of a nu metal and rap metal sound. Unlike their previous albums, the album features no rapping and instead features Jacoby Shaddix singing melodies. It was released on August 31, 2004 via Geffen Records and has been certified Gold in Canada and Platinum in America, selling at least 2.8 million units. Getting Away with Murder peaked at number 17 on the Billboard 200.


Production lasted from October to December 2003. During the recording of Getting Away With Murder, the band was not signed to a label as their previous label DreamWorks Records had recently been bought out. The band would later sign to Geffen Records. The album features a departure from the band's rap metal sound, as the band's vocalist Jacoby Shaddix was tired of rapping.[4]

The track "Just Go (Never Look Back)" was recorded in the album's sessions, but was ultimately left off the album.[5] The track would later be released on the band's future greatest hits album, ...To Be Loved: The Best of Papa Roach.

Release and promotion

Papa Roach released Getting Away With Murder on August 31, 2004. The album's first single was the title track. The album debuted at #17 on the Billboard 200, with 52,000 copies sold. However, the title track saw success through radio and peaked at #2 in the Mainstream Rock Tracks chart, #4 on the Modern Rock Tracks and #69 on the Billboard Hot 100. The second single, "Scars", peaked at #4 on the Mainstream Rock Tracks chart, #2 on the Modern Rock Tracks chart, #15 on the Billboard Hot 100, and #7 on the Pop Songs chart, becoming the band's biggest hit in the United States. "Scars" was ranked at #36 as the greatest song of 2005 and as the most successful song of the year by Billboard, becoming the band's first and only song to be included on Billboard's year-end charts, in addition, "Scars" was the band's first song to crossover to Top 40 radio since their breakthrough hit, "Last Resort". To support the album, the band toured throughout 2004 and 2005. Getting Away With Murder eventually achieved a platinum certification in the United States, after spending 58 weeks on the Billboard 200 thank to the hit of Scars. As of 2012, the album has sold over 5,000,000 copies worldwide, of which 1,000,000 for the U.S.It is also their first and only album to have more than one song charting on the hot 100 to date.

Several other tracks were used to promote the album across various mediums. The track "Blood (Empty Promises)" was featured on the Saw II soundtrack and the track "Getting Away with Murder" was featured in the end credits of The Chronicles of Riddick as well as the third-person shooter game MechAssault 2: Lone Wolf. "Not Listening" was used in the trailer for Resident Evil: Apocalypse and is also featured in the video games NASCAR 2005: Chase for the Cup, Gran Turismo 4, and FlatOut 2. Although it was not released as a single, Take me charted on Alternative songs chart at No.23, and on the Mainstream Rock Tracks chart at No.11


Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic link
Blender link
IGN(5.5/10) link
Melodic link
New York Timeslink
Rolling Stone Archived September 28, 2004, at the Wayback Machine.
Sputnikmusic link
ThePRP Archived September 10, 2004, at the Wayback Machine.

Initial critical response to Getting Away with Murder was mixed. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the album has received an average score of 59, based on 8 reviews.[6]

Track listing

All tracks written by Jacoby Shaddix and Tobin Esperance, except as noted. 

No. TitleWriter(s) Length
1. "Blood (Empty Promises)"    2:55
2. "Not Listening"    3:09
3. "Stop Looking Start Seeing"    3:08
4. "Take Me"    3:26
5. "Getting Away with Murder"  Shaddix, Esperance, Jerry Horton 3:12
6. "Be Free"    3:17
7. "Done with You"    2:52
8. "Scars"    3:28
9. "Sometimes"  Shaddix, Esperance, Dave Buckner, Horton 3:07
10. "Blanket of Fear"    3:21
11. "Tyranny of Normality"    2:40
12. "Do or Die"  Shaddix, Esperance, Horton 3:25
Total length:

Bonus Tracks

No. TitleWriter(s) Length
13. "Harder Than a Coffin Nail"  Shaddix, Esperance, Buckner, Horton 3:28
14. "Caught Dead"  Shaddix, Esperance, Buckner, Horton 3:04
15. "Take Me" (Live)  3:29

Original track listing


Country Certification Sales/shipments
Canada Gold[7] 50,000
United States Platinum[8] 1,000,000

Chart positions

Album - Billboard

Year Chart Position
2004 The Billboard 200 17

Singles - Billboard

Year Single Chart Position
2004 Getting Away with Murder The Billboard Hot 100 69
Modern Rock Tracks 4
Mainstream Rock Tracks 2
2005 Scars The Billboard Hot 100 15
Pop 100 8
Modern Rock Tracks 2
Mainstream Rock Tracks 4
Mainstream Top 40 7
Adult Top 40 31
Hot Digital Songs 15


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