|Studio album by Staind|
|Released||September 13, 2011|
|Genre||Alternative metal, nu metal, heavy metal|
|Producer||Johnny K, Staind|
|Singles from Staind|
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. The album also returns the guitar solos of Staind's first album Tormented, a return of using guitar solos on a aggressive heavy metal sound, something that was absent in Dysfunction and Break the Cycle, though a few solos can be found on The Illusion Of Progress and on the song "Reply" from Chapter V. 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
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. 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.
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.
Music and lyrics
The band views the album as a return to the more aggressive sound heard on earlier albums such as Dysfunction and Tormented. 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." 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."
Reception and performance
|Consequence of Sound|||
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. 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", 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.
All lyrics written by Aaron Lewis; all music written & composed by Staind.
|1.||"Eyes Wide Open"||3:30|
|5.||"Throw It All Away"||4:24|
|6.||"Take a Breath"||3:56|
|10.||"Something to Remind You"||4:07|
|iTunes deluxe edition|
|11.||"Spleen" (live in Houston)||4:50|
|12.||"Not Again" (featuring Kevin Curry*)||4:37|
|13.||"Not Again" (music video)||4:37|
|14.||"For You" (live in Houston) (iTunes pre-order exclusive)||3:32|
|Deluxe edition + Bonus DVD documentary|
|Japanese edition + Bonus track|
|11.||"Wannabe (Remix)" (Feat. Snoop Dogg)||3:54|
- 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.
- Aaron Lewis – vocals, rhythm guitar
- Mike Mushok – lead guitar
- Johnny April – bass guitar
- Jon Wysocki – drums
- Johnny K – producer
- Chris Lord-Alge - mixing
- Ryan. "Staind's Stressful Seventh Album". Alternative Addiction. Sept. 29, 2011.[unreliable source?]
- Chad. "Staind Drummer Leaves Band". Alternative Addiction. May 20, 2011.[unreliable source?]
- Chad. "Staind to Play 9/11 Benefit Show". Alternative Addiction. Sept. 11, 2011.[unreliable source?]
- "Critic Reviews for Staind". Metacritic. Retrieved September 29, 2012.
- Davis, Kyzer. "Staind - Staind". Bracket and Bracket. Retrieved May 6, 2011.
- About.com Review
- Allmusic Review
- Artist Direct Review
- Consequence of Sound Review
- PopMatters Review
- Rolling Stone Review
- Spin Review
- UltimateGuitar Review
- Caulfield, Keith. "Lady Antebellum 'Own' the Billboard 200 with Second No. 1 Album". billboard.com. Sept 21, 2011.
- IGN Review