The Paramour Sessions

The Paramour Sessions is the fifth studio album and fourth major-label by Californian rock band Papa Roach. It was released on September 12, 2006 through Geffen Records. Following up from their fourth album Getting Away with Murder, the album confirmed the band's move from nu metal to an alternative rock and hard rock sound. The Paramour Sessions peaked at number 16 on the Billboard 200.

The Paramour Sessions
The album title written with band's name written underneath, both in gold.
Studio album by
ReleasedSeptember 12, 2006
June 12, 2007 (Deluxe Edition)
RecordedDecember 2005 – May 2006 at the Paramour Mansion in Hollywood, California
ProducerHoward Benson
Papa Roach chronology
Rolling Stone Original
The Paramour Sessions
Hit 3 Pack: Forever
Singles from The Paramour Sessions[1]
  1. "...To Be Loved"
    Released: August 8, 2006
  2. "Forever"
    Released: January 16, 2007
  3. "Time Is Running Out"
    Released: July 24, 2007
  4. "Reckless"
    Released: 2007[citation needed]
Alternative cover
Deluxe edition
Deluxe edition
Professional ratings
Review scores
Metal Hammer
TuneLab Music[4]
Rolling Stone[7]
Toronto Sun link
Uptown MagazineC− link


The album's name is a reference to Paramour Mansion, where the album was recorded.[9][10] Like their prior album, Getting Away with Murder, the album continues the band's movement away from nu metal into more of a hard rock sound.[11] Two singles were released from the album: "...To Be Loved" and "Forever". It is the last album to feature longtime original drummer Dave Buckner before he departed from the band in 2007.[12]

The album was dedicated in the memory of Jacoby Shaddix's step-grandfather Howard William Roatch, the band's namesake, who committed suicide in 2006, following his diagnosis of an unspecified form of terminal cancer. The song "Roses on My Grave" is dedicated to him at live shows.[13]

An alternate release of the album was released on June 12, 2007, which included an alternate cover, a fold-out poster, a cell phone wallpaper, and a free ringtone of the song "Forever".[11] The tracklist was kept constant.


The second single, "Forever", was successful in the US, peaking at #55 on the Hot 100.

Track listingEdit

1."...To Be Loved"Jacoby Shaddix, Tobin Esperance3:03
2."Alive (N' Out of Control)"Shaddix, Esperance3:22
3."Crash"Shaddix, Esperance3:21
4."The World Around You"Shaddix, Esperance, Dave Buckner, Jerry Horton4:35
5."Forever"Shaddix, Esperance, Buckner, Horton4:06
6."I Devise My Own Demise"Shaddix, Esperance3:36
7."Time Is Running Out"Shaddix, Esperance3:23
8."What Do You Do?"Shaddix, Esperance, Buckner4:22
9."My Heart Is a Fist" (featuring Travis Barker)Shaddix, Esperance, Horton4:58
10."No More Secrets"Shaddix, Esperance, Horton3:15
11."Reckless"Shaddix, Esperance, Buckner3:34
12."The Fire"Shaddix, Esperance, Horton3:32
13."Roses on My Grave"Shaddix, Horton3:13
Total length:48:20
Mexico edition
14."Heridas" (Scars Spanish version)Shaddix, Esperance3:28
Total length:51:48
United Kingdom edition
14."Scars" (Live in Chicago)Shaddix, Esperance3:38
15."SOS"Shaddix, Esperance, Buckner, Horton2:44
Total length:54:42
Japanese edition
14."The Addict" (Japanese edition bonus track)Shaddix, Esperance, Buckner, Horton3:26
Total length:51:46


Papa RoachEdit

  • Jacoby Shaddix – lead vocals
  • Jerry Horton – guitar, backing vocals
  • Tobin Esperance – bass, backing vocals
  • Dave Buckner – drums

Additional musiciansEdit

  • Keyboards by Howard Benson
  • Percussion by Lenny Castro
  • Piano on "My Heart Is a Fist" & "What Do You Do?" by Jamie Muhoberac
  • Strings on "Roses on My Grave" by Jennifer Kuhn & Mark Robertson


  • Produced by Howard Benson
  • Co-produced by Papa Roach
  • Mixed by Chris Lord-Alge
  • Recorded by Mike Plotnikoff
  • Additional recording by Michael Rosen
  • Pro Tools editing by Paul Decarli
  • Assistant engineering by Hatsukazu Inagaki
  • String arrangements on "Roses on My Grave" by Debbie Lurie
  • Recorded at The Paramour Mansion, Silver Lake, Bay 7 Studios, Valley Village, & Sparky Dark Studio, Calabasas, CA
  • Strings recorded by Casey Stone at Entourage Studios, North Hollywood, CA
  • Mixed at Resonate Music, Burbank, CA
  • Assistant mixing by Keith Armstrong & Dim-E
  • Mastered by Ted Jensen at Sterling Sound, NY
  • Band assistant / life coordinator / master chef at the Paramour: Andres Torres
  • A&R: Thom Panunzio
  • A&R coordinator: Evan Peters
  • Management by: Mike Renault & Dennis Sanders for Focus Three Entertainment
  • Booking by Michael Arfin for AGI
  • European booking: John Jackson for K2ours
  • Business management: Jonathan Schwartz for GSO
  • Legal representation: Eric Greenspan for Myman, Abell, Fineman, Greenspan & Light LLP
  • Marketing for Geffen: Paul Orescan
  • Art direction & design by Greg Patterson
  • Additional art direction: Dave Buckner & Jerry Horton
  • Coat of arms illustrated by Jeff Toll
  • Band photography by Devin Dehaven
  • Additional photography by KirstiAnna Urpa, Jerry Horton, Greg Patterson, Dave Buckner


  • "...To Be Loved" was theme song for WWE Raw from 2006 to 2009.
  • "...To Be Loved" is also featured in the soundtrack to the 2008 film Never Back Down.
  • "...To Be Loved" and "The Addict" were featured in the commercial for Crüe Fest that Papa Roach and Buckcherry did.
  • "Alive (N' Out Control)" is the theme song of the TV show Scarred, hosted by Jacoby Shaddix.
  • "Time Is Running Out" and "Forever" are featured as downloadable tracks for the Rock Band games.
  • "SOS" is also featured on the Crüe Fest compilation album.


Chart (2006) Peak
Austrian Albums Chart[14] 35
Belgium Albums Chart[15] 69
French Albums Chart[16] 160
German Albums Chart[17] 35
Japanese Albums Chart[18] 102
Netherlands Albums Chart[19] 86
Scottish Albums[20] 66
Swiss Albums Chart[21] 33
UK Albums Chart[22] 61
US Billboard 200[23] 16
US Hard Rock Albums[24] 12


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