Payable On Death On their successive 2001 hits, "Alive" and "Youth of the Nation," SoCal raga-rap-rockers P.O.D. seemed to possess a knack for anthemic -- if heavy-handed --… Payable On Death On their successive 2001 hits, "Alive" and "Youth of the Nation," SoCal raga-rap-rockers P.O.D. seemed to possess a knack for anthemic -- if heavy-handed --… 2003-11-04 P.O.D. Rock
Music Review

Payable On Death (2003)

P.O.D. | 'DEATH' WARMED OVER P.O.D. doesn't heed their own good advice on their new album
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'DEATH' WARMED OVER P.O.D. doesn't heed their own good advice on their new album
EW's GRADE
C

Details Release Date: Nov 04, 2003; Lead Performance: P.O.D.; Genre: Rock

On their successive 2001 hits, ''Alive'' and ''Youth of the Nation,'' SoCal raga-rap-rockers P.O.D. seemed to possess a knack for anthemic -- if heavy-handed -- metal. Four studio albums later, on Payable On Death it's more like an obsession. On track after formulaic track, perfunctory verses rush into roaring refrains of compressed guitar arrrgh and charmless didacticism (''reach for the sky''). On the gag-worthy ''Change the World,'' they challenge the listener to ''break the cycle,'' only to ignore their own good advice.

Originally posted Nov 07, 2003 Published in issue #736 Nov 07, 2003 Order article reprints