Staind (album)

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Staind
Studio album by Staind
Released September 13, 2011
Genre Nu metal, alternative metal
Length 42:08
Label Atlantic, Roadrunner
Producer Johnny K, Staind
Staind chronology
The Illusion of Progress
(2008)
Staind
(2011)
Singles from Staind
  1. "Not Again"
    Released: July 19, 2011
  2. "Eyes Wide Open"
    Released: November 29, 2011
  3. "Now"
    Released: April 23, 2012
  4. "Something to Remind You"
    Released: October 9, 2012

Staind is the eponymous seventh studio album by the American rock band of the same name, released on September 13, 2011. The album marks the return to Staind's more aggressive heavier sound that was predominant on the earlier albums Tormented, Dysfunction, and Break the Cycle. It is also the last album to feature drummer Jon Wysocki, who left the band following the recording process in May 2011, marking the end of the 16-year-long run of the original line-up.

Background and recording[edit]

The making of Staind was a stressful experience for the group.[1] As lead singer Aaron Lewis stated, "By the end of the first month we weren’t even recording in the same places anymore."[1]

A number of factors created some dissension within the group during recording. Despite the deadline on the album's completion approaching, with the album less than half finished, Lewis continued to do solo gigs to promote his solo album Town Line much to the other band members' discontent.[citation needed] Lewis's working relationship with drummer Jon Wysocki broke down completely, though as revealed in their "Making of Staind" documentary, the two had a hard time working together for some time, with guitarist Mike Mushok stating, "It's never come to blows...I'm kinda surprised it hasn't...but that's a tough relationship.",[this quote needs a citation] while Wysocki himself stated, "There needs to be some separation.".[this quote needs a citation] Wysocki's departure from the group was announced on their website in May 2011.[2]

Many songs were released before the album's official release date. The lead single, "Not Again", was made available as a streaming video on the band's official website on July 12, 2011. It was released to radio stations on July 19, 2011. "The Bottom" was released on the Transformers: Dark of the Moon soundtrack. Additionally, "Eyes Wide Open" was released on June 30, and the song "Paper Wings" was released on August 8.

The official music video for "Not Again" premiered August 30, 2011. The single topped the Mainstream Rock Songs chart for seven non-consecutive weeks, and peaked at #4 on the Rock Songs chart and #14 on the Alternative Songs chart. The second single has been confirmed as "Eyes Wide Open". "Something to Remind You", despite not being a single, peaked at #19 on the Bubbling Under Hot 100, due to digital downloads. It would be released as the fourth single later on.

On September 15 Staind played a benefit concert for the September 11 victims and presented the new album.[3] Eight of the ten total songs were performed, excluding "Take a Breath" and "Now".

Music and lyrics[edit]

The band views the album as a return to the more aggressive sound heard on earlier albums such as Dysfunction and Tormented.[4] 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."[4] Bassist Johnny April said "There's a deeper anger to the vocals and music. Some of the riffs Mike came up with were challenging and incredibly different. We've grown so much, and at the same time managed to find out way back to our roots."[4]

Reception and performance[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic (55/100)[5]
Review scores
Source Rating
[&].com 4.5/5 stars[6]
About.com 3/5 stars[7]
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars[8]
Artist Direct 5/5 stars[9]
Consequence of Sound 2.5/5 stars[10]
PopMatters 3/10 stars[11]
Rolling Stone 2/5 stars[12]
Spin (4/10)[13]
Ultimate-Guitar (7.7/10)[14]

The album debuted at number 5 on the Billboard 200, with first sales week of 47,000 copies, making the fifth consecutive top-five album for the band.[15] As of November 19, it has sold over 100,000 copies.

The album received a score of 55 out of 100 from Metacritic based on "mixed or average reviews",[5] with some critics, including IGN (which gave it a score of 7.5 out of 10), calling it Staind's most mature and balanced release to date and praising the band for returning to their heavier, metal roots.[16]

Track listing[edit]

All lyrics written by Aaron Lewis; all music written & composed by Staind.

No. Title Length
1. "Eyes Wide Open"   3:30
2. "Not Again"   4:34
3. "Failing"   5:26
4. "Wannabe"   3:49
5. "Throw It All Away"   4:24
6. "Take a Breath"   3:56
7. "The Bottom"   4:15
8. "Now"   3:44
9. "Paper Wings"   4:23
10. "Something to Remind You"   4:07
Total length:
42:08
  • Kevin Curry is the Guitar Solo contest winner.
  • Snoop Dogg is featured on the remix bonus track of "Wannabe" on the Japanese edition of Staind.
  • The live versions of "Spleen" & "For You" come with the iTunes Deluxe Edition only.

Personnel[edit]

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