Staind
Staind


4.5
superb

Review

by Sevendave USER (4 Reviews)
September 9th, 2011 | 49 replies | 25,635 views


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Progress is certainly not an illusion.

6 of 6 thought this review was well written

Four years ago staind were hard at work on their 6th effort 'The illusion of progress', at the time of the album Aaron Lewis was quoted saying that this will be there 'Heaviest' record to date, needless to say when it came out it was the complete opposite, not the worst album in the world but certainly not what they had said it would be. It was more like an Aaron solo effort but with a backing band behind him. So this time around when he was again quoted saying 'This is the heaviest record' - forgive us Aaron if a few people turned there heads at this comment. That was of course until they released 'Not again'. Ok we believe you now!

'Eyes wide open' kicks the album off with a heavy effort which tests Lewis's vocal chords to the max - this song is certainly a sign of things to come. 'Eyes wide open' almost makes you feel that staind are a rejuvenated band, full of ideas and creativity again. The theme continues with the aforementioned and lead single 'Not again'.

Next up is the slow starting and longest song on the album, 'Failing', this one bursts into life a couple of minutes in and pretty much doesn't let up until the song has finished, this song almost has an alice in chains feel to it. After this we are treated with a special guest.. Snoop dogg for the song 'Wannabe'.. now don't press that back button just yet, hear me out. This is a very odd collaboration, however I must say that it does work well Snoop almost talking through the verses and Aaron going full throttle on the chorus, blasting into people who do nothing but expect something for nothing, such as downloading music for free, furthermore tearing into his vocal range again with screams of 'Poser' 'Pussy' & 'Pornstar'.

The next tracks, 'Throw it all away', 'Take a breathe' & 'The bottom' include very catchy hooks, melody and riff-age. the latter has been featured on the new transformers soundtrack and it has a bit of an odd intro, then flows into a melodic chorus from Mr Lewis, then the last quarter of the song goes off into another dimension as it explodes into a heavy breakdown. 'Take a breathe' could and still might even be a single release from this album.

'Now' is not as heavy as the previous song's, however it sounds like a more upbeat song that could have been included on 2003's '14 shades of grey'.
The closing tracks are 'Paper wings' & 'Something to remind you', the former could have easily been the track to kick off this album, the song has a similar start as 'Eyes wide open' in the way that it starts with the bass then kicks in with a humongous crunching riff.

'Something to remind you' has been played live at recent Aaron Lewis acoustic shows, and is nothing like the rest of the album, no drums, just Aaron and an electric guitar, a pleasant finish to a great album. (Similar to the finish on 'Dysfunction' with 'Spleen' blasting out of your speakers only to be followed by soft, mellow 'Excess baggage'.

Closing comments:

This album is the polar opposite to the last, if you want 'Dysfunction' with a modern day twist or a similar style to some of the heavier tracks presented on 2005's Chapter V ('Paper jesus', 'King of all excuses') then this album will be for you.

Staind promised a return to there roots and this time they certainly delivered, well done boys!.

Reccomended tracks:-

'Take a breathe'
'Now'
'Eyes wide open'

This is my first review, I have been a browser of this site for many years, I finally decided to sign up just to review this album!.

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foreverendeared
September 5th 2011



14678 Comments


I'd suggest re-writing this anyway. Track-by tracks are kind of annoying.

1SecondToDie
September 6th 2011



35 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I like review, but album is not out yet. Are you journalist? My grade is result of 4 songs that I`ve already heard... I hope album will be no worse than these tracks (Eyes Wide Open, Not Again, The Bottom and Paper Wings). I have a strange feeling that this album will be the greatest work of Staind... though I`ve never liked this band.

Sevendave
September 6th 2011



30 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

@ foreverendeared - I did try to avoid doing a track by track thing, but as i was writing i found that i had something to say about every single song. So I do apologise for it that if you find it annoying.


@ 1SecondToDie - No I am not a journalist, there is this shop near me that gets promo CD's from god knows where, and they had this, so I picked it up. I'd agree that this is the greatest work Staind have produced.

1SecondToDie
September 6th 2011



35 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yeah !!! I`ve heard it today a few times on ESPN. That`s one of the best album I`ve heard in this year. You`re right Sevendave, it`s the best Staind work! I`m not sure that I change grade, but this Staind that I like. Welcome back to the roots, guys!

greg84
Staff Reviewer
September 8th 2011



7317 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

It's not on par with Dysfunction, but still really good.

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Duderino
September 9th 2011



827 Comments


this album is horrid, like the rest of their discography *headbangs out of thread ironically*

Gmork89
September 9th 2011



5483 Comments


I'm interested to hear this, staind has some good stuff.

Digging: The War on Drugs - Lost in the Dream

auberginedreams
September 9th 2011



5989 Comments


lolwut

AsoTamaki
September 9th 2011



2525 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yeah, fantastic album. A lot of the nu-metal bands still around have tried a "going back to our roots" type of release, but it usually ends up sounding watered down stale. This really took me back to 2001 when listening to it. Staind was able to keep the spirit of the old music, yet due to the improved musicianship and songwriting skills they've gained over the years, still keep things sounding fresh.

"Something To Remind You" also has so much more impact being the only ballad on the record. And it's placement is perfect. The song is on par with "Outside" and "It's Been Awhlie" for me. Great record all around.

Irving
Staff Reviewer
September 9th 2011



7144 Comments


I won't rag on you for doing a track-by-track review - it is your first, after all. But those album + song titles really got to be capitalized, and the conversationalist/blogpost tone has got to be reduced. Do read Staff/Contrib reviews to get a feel of how things *should* be done.

omgraptors
September 9th 2011



813 Comments


the cover art is so stupid

SatelliteYears
September 9th 2011



190 Comments


Checking this out. Illusion Of Progress was a "rock bottom" effort from Staind, but I loved Break the Cycle.

foreverendeared
September 9th 2011



14678 Comments


I'm really wary of checking this out. Staind used to be my favorite band as a teenager, but starting with 14 Shades of Grey, they really started to suck big time, and since then, I just haven't really had any interest in Staind.

pizzamachine
September 9th 2011



12571 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

This is Staind's best album imo.

pizzamachine
September 9th 2011



12571 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I don't care for Dysfunction so yeah.

foreverendeared
September 9th 2011



14678 Comments


I doubt this will surpass Dysfunction for me.

toxin.
September 9th 2011



12021 Comments


Needs to be more formal about formatting and such.
Anyways I found this band so unbelievably bland, even in my nu-metal phase. I did like "So Far Away" from God-knows-what-album though

Wizard
September 9th 2011



19231 Comments


I'm really wary of checking this out. Staind used to be my favorite band as a teenager, but starting with 14 Shades of Grey, they really started to suck big time, and since then, I just haven't really had any interest in Staind.

In this same boat.

Digging: Monarch - Sabbracadaver

AsoTamaki
September 9th 2011



2525 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Give it a chance. I felt the same way about the band. Being a fan, I still purchased Chapter V, but thought it was terrible. And so to this day haven't even bothered to listen to Illusion of Progress.

If you enjoyed Break the Cycle and Dysfunction, there's bound to be a lot you'll like on this record.

Wizard
September 10th 2011



19231 Comments


I enjoyed Tormented and Dysfunction, might give this a go if I have nothing else to listen to.



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