Staind
Break the Cycle


3.0
good

Review

by USER (1 Reviews)
January 16th, 2005 | 14 replies | 2,676 views


Release Date: 2001 | Tracklist


0 of 2 thought this review was well written

No matter what kind of a big hater of nu-metal you are, you must admit that this record, Break the circle, is ...well...listenable. By this I mean that you can actually listen to this CD and think "why the hell is this still on, if I hate it so much?". That's the first impression I had, at least.

I’ll get started with the music, of course, and the a little compilation of the whole thing.

Open your eyes - A good opener. Not the best song of the album, but at least keep your attention up. The bass line is quite good, and so are drums. The intro is very nu-metalish, so it either gets you or just scares you away. 7/10.

Pressure - Another song that won't grow on you. Ohter than a little break in-between, there's just a lot of Aaron singing about a lot of...well...er...his suffering or something like that...not a favorite. 5/10

Fade - One of the singles off this record, it's quite ...well... funnier to listen to than the other 2 tracks... the bass line is pretty much the center of attention, and drums are quite good in here. As most of the lyrics around this record, this one is about being abandoned, or not having "someone to talk to". You know, typical nu-metal lyrics...8/10

It's been a while - If you haven't listened to this song, you must have lived under a rock all 2000...and maybe never watched "the butterfly effect". Anyway, this song is THE song that made me buy this album, so it must be one of the best songs written by this band. Everything seems to fit quite greatly, vocals, guitar, drums, bass, and it's just one of those songs you must remember to burn n a CD, in case your girl dumps you. 10/10

Change Not my favorite song, but again, bass saves the day. Lyrics are about...er...maybe feeling bad about something...don't really like this one, sound kinda like a filler. Listem to the little scream at the end...very 90's...XD 3/10

Can't Believe - Too...much...screaming... Musically it's an OK song, but lyrically...well...you know… Well, actually what saves this song is the acoustic version of this song played on MTV unplugged. I prefer that version. If you can, DL it and see which one you like the most. 6/10 (studio) and 9/10 (live acoustic version)

Epiphany - Another single. The video is...weird...looks kinda like the whole art of the CD, but I don't understand all the ghost. Good song, though, lyrics are a little improved, and...well...I like it better than the rest of the songs...8/10

Suffer - A slow, hard rocking song...put it on to get a little depressed, a little bad, or when you feel like painting. I don’t like it much, so...6/10

Warm safe place - Instrumentally interesting. Another great track, gets you going. Lyrics are about love, about coming back and feeling her around your arms...very mushy, yet quite an interesting track. 8.5/10

For you - Another "I’m very-hurt-about-my-childhood/teenage years-that-you-forgot-but-I-don't" song. Nonetheless, it's quite a good song, if you leave by a side the bad lyrics...well...not bad...just too repetitive by this point. All instruments are very good in here. Oh, this was a single, too. 8/10

Outside - The other song you probably never heard about "wink, wink". This one was also a single, and was big-time exploited. Lyrics are good, not outstanding, but quite understandable and poppy. So...people like it...what can we do about it? 8/10

Waste - Another ballad...but this one's boring and won't keep your attention...I hope...5/10

Take it - Another boring track...just skip it or put stop. 2/10

Outside (live version) - ...an extra track featuring Fred Durst...nothing but an acoustic guitar...not good enough to keep listening...yet a nice way to fill up a CD...

So, this was it... a CD full of weird moments and bad tracks... But hey, this is just a record about good relationships, bad relationships and about children's bad childhood. You want to feel a little depressed? go ahead and buy this album. It'll help you go through the bad times. Not an outstanding record, just a little above mediocre to me, because the worthy tracks were singles...and they weren’t those many.


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Comments:Add a Comment 
The Shadow Beneath
June 14th 2005



8 Comments


Well, I have to say, I pretty much agree with everything you said. What singles they did release, I loved to bits, Outside being the one I liked most.

Arrakakaka
June 14th 2005



685 Comments


I don't like these guys. They sound alot like Nickelback. I just don't like the instrumental work and the singing.

Bonzo17
December 27th 2005



92 Comments


none too shabby

k4t4lyst
June 19th 2006



201 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Why does your review say 3/5, when you rated it 0/5

Iluvatar
Staff Reviewer
June 19th 2006



16081 Comments


Because thats how good the review is.
Honestly, the problem with this review is your lax when it comes to writing. You don't seem to profread, as there are multiple errors that Word doesnt pick up apparent here (although good on using Word it seems), and there are maybe 4 adequate track reviews here. Go into a lot more depth in each track review next time, or try doing an overall if thats too much writing. They don't have to be 1300 word epics, 600 is a perfectly suitable amount.

k4t4lyst
June 19th 2006



201 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Oh, and try not to be such a hatebug >.>

Killtacular
June 19th 2006



1314 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I like this album. Dysfunction is better, though.

TojesDolan
June 19th 2006



271 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Yeah so this is my former account, back when there was no such thing as Sputnik Music, and this is technically MY review, but I was very green at writing when I did this. I'm certainly not apologizing for this, though. I can try and improve it somehow, but certainly my abilities to write have improved over the years.

I'll make a petition now.

Iluvatar
Staff Reviewer
June 19th 2006



16081 Comments


Hmm, I glossed over the review date as there was so few comments. Hmmm, oh well.

k4t4lyst
June 19th 2006



201 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Sputnik's really only been around for a year?

a_martini_kiss
June 19th 2006



93 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Who said that?

k4t4lyst
June 19th 2006



201 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Yeah so this is my former account, back when there was no such thing as Sputnik Music, and this is technically MY review, but I was very green at writing when I did this. I'm certainly not apologizing for this, though. I can try and improve it somehow, but certainly my abilities to write have improved over the years.


He did...TojesDoLan

TojesDolan
June 21st 2006



271 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Before Sputnik Music, there used to be a dedicated section in MX forums for CD reviews, this was posted in that place.

Hence the date, hence the lack of everything.

And you can just call me tojes, if that serves a purpose.

k4t4lyst
June 21st 2006



201 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

^ Read the comment above yours, mudvaynian..



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