Staind’s Self-Titled Release is Worth the Three Year Wait. - Review

Staind’s new album, their seventh to date, is self-titled and heavy, heavier than any previous Staind album. The band debuted in 1996 with the release of “Tormented,” but didn’t gain worldwide fame until the release of 2001’s “Break the Cycle,” with the only song to break into the Top 10, “It’s Been Awhile.”

Although most fans probably know Staind for this album and song, the band has put out solid efforts for the last 16 years. What’s interesting about this new album is it takes a lesson from Staind’s second release, “Dysfunction,” whereas the song stylings run parallel in terms of melody and lyrics.

Guitarist Mike Mushok said, “It's like ‘Dysfunction’ 2011… The music goes back to where we started, but there's still melody. We were ready to make an album that was heavy from beginning to end. It was time.”



Vocalist Aaron Lewis added, “I aimed to create distance between Staind and my solo material… We decided to go back to what we were doing initially.”

That decision was a turning point for the band in late 2010 when Lewis’ solo effort, EP “Town Line,” debuted at #1 on the Billboard Country Charts and #7 on the Billboard 200. This EP earned Lewis two CMT Award nominations.

Lewis stated he wanted to create distance from this new Staind album and his solo material. There’s definitely distance and perhaps this is the point of the heavier side of Staind. I’ve always loved a little screaming with my rock music and Staind’s new album offers just that. This is an unbelievable album both musically and lyrically. Lewis and company have a complete album from beginning to end. Don’t be surprised if the band sees more success in the Top 10. This album is worth the three year wait.


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Jason Tanamor is the Editor of Zoiks! Online. He is also the author of the novels, "Hello Lesbian!" and "Anonymous." Email Jason at jason@zoiksonline.com.

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