After being a die hard fan of this band through my teens, my twenties haven't sat well with Staind, except for this and a handful of songs on other releases. The music is crunchy and uninspired as most 2000-2005 nu metal was, but Aaron Lewis's lyrics and vocals are undeniably great, inspiring (in not such a good way) and entire generation.
this is by far my favorite staind album. i think this is the type of sound they need to revert back to. staind is becoming soft and i believe that they should go back to their roots. the mix of sounds and emotions on this album is astounding. it really grasps you. my favorite songs of note are...well almost all of them lol.
Break the Cycle showcased Staind keeping ravenous angst at the forefront, and there was some occasionally heartfelt material to work with. Nothing truly stands out here, but Aaron Lewis' vocal performance is admittedly tolerable and the guitar work fits the nu metal/post-grunge hybrid style that's clearly in effect.
I'm not sure why these white boys are angry, but I'll be damned if they dont write some great rock. "It's Been Awhile" is near perfect, with songs like "Fade" and "For You" are catchy, heavy, and even emotional.
This is staind, at the top of their game. Aaron lewis puts more emotion in his songs then most other singers. Staind is definatly not the best of our time. Techniccly no band is. The band really deserves to be recognized even still. Great lyrics, great guitar, great bass, great drumming. The emotion they put in their music makes them what this band is Staind. Definatly an album worth buying. Songs like Outside and For you have meaning we can relate to in some way or another. Staind is a very good band