Chapter V (Staind album)

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Chapter V
Staind chapter v.jpg
Studio album by Staind
Released August 9, 2005
Recorded June 2004 – March 2005
Studio Allaire Studios, Shokan, NY and Mardi Gras Studio, Springfield, MA
Length 50:35
Label Flip, Atlantic
Producer David Bottrill, Staind
Staind chronology
14 Shades of Grey
Chapter V
The Singles: 1996–2006
Singles from Chapter V
  1. "Right Here"
    Released: June 7, 2005
  2. "Falling"
    Released: October 26, 2005
  3. "Everything Changes"
    Released: 2006
  4. "King of All Excuses"
    Released: August 2006

Chapter V is the fifth studio album by American alternative metal band Staind. It was released on August 9, 2005, debuted at number 1 with first week sales of 185,000 copies, and has spawned 1 big hit single along with three moderately successful singles on rock radio.[1] Its first single "Right Here" was the most successful at both rock and pop stations and it was used in a video package by World Wrestling Entertainment commemorating wrestler Edge after he won his first WWE Championship. "Falling" and "Everything Changes" have also been released with accompanying videos.

Lead singer Aaron Lewis has stated that he thinks 'Chapter V is the best record the band has released to date',[2] and the album continues the evolution from the messages on 14 Shades of Grey to messages of hope and uncertainty. It also showcases a heavier side to the band on selected tracks (reminiscent of some content on Dysfunction), and emphasizes a balance between both style of the band's sound. The album includes a track called "Paper Jesus" targeted at record company executives who idolize money instead of music and "Reply", an open letter replying to fan mail that Aaron Lewis and the rest of the band have received over the years (the original version can be found on the Special Edition).

Since its release, it has sold 1,200,000 copies in the United States and 1,500,000 worldwide. However, it marked Staind's lowest debut so far in the UK, at number 112. All the same, it was regarded as one of the most anticipated albums of the year in the U.S. before its release. A special edition, with five bonus tracks, an extra booklet and a DVD was released several months later. Even after a full year, it remained fairly consistent on the Billboard 200. Aaron Lewis has said in relation to this in the booklet of the Special Edition of the album: "Having three straight number one albums was a nice big fuck you to a lot of people who have slagged us. Nobody can ever take away that fact."

Staind have promoted the album by allowing selected fans to preview it on their tour bus, and touring after its release for a whole year, including mini tours to Australia and solo tours across Europe, as well as the famous Fall Brawl Tour with Flyleaf, Taproot and P.O.D. The band have also toured with 3 Doors Down, Hurt, Three Days Grace, Breaking Benjamin, and Seether (later cancelled) across the United States to promote the album.

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic (48/100)[3]
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[4]
Billboard (mixed)[3]
Blender 3/5 stars[3]
Entertainment Weekly B[5]
The Guardian 2/5 stars[6]
musicOMH 2/5 stars[7][3]
NME (3/10)[3]
Rolling Stone 2/5 stars[8]
Sputnikmusic 3.5/5 stars[9]
USA Today 1/4 stars[10]

Initial critical response ranged from mixed to average. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the album has received an average score of 48, based on 10 reviews.[3]

Track listing[edit]

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

No. Title Length
1. "Run Away" 3:39
2. "Right Here" 4:13
3. "Paper Jesus" 4:14
4. "Schizophrenic Conversations" 4:32
5. "Falling" 4:20
6. "Cross to Bear" 3:40
7. "Devil" 5:00
8. "Please" 4:24
9. "Everything Changes" 3:58
10. "Take This" (Also known as "Trippy" on some editions) 4:42
11. "King of All Excuses" 3:39
12. "Reply" 4:14
Total length: 50:35


  • Aaron Lewis – lead vocals, rhythm guitar
  • Mike Mushok – lead guitar
  • Johnny April – bass guitar, backing vocals
  • Jon Wysocki – drums


  • David Bottrill – producer, mixing
  • Brian Sperber – audio engineering
  • Bob Ludwig – mastering

Chart positions[edit]

Year Chart Position
2005 Billboard 200 1


  1. ^ "Staind's 'Chapter V' Debuts At No. 1". Billboard. Retrieved 15 June 2012. 
  2. ^ Comment Added (2006-07-03). "Shaved heads and revelations: Staind share their secrets on". Retrieved 2012-02-09. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f "Staind:Chapter V (2005): Reviews". Metacritic. CNET Networks, Inc. Retrieved 2009-03-13. 
  4. ^ Loftus, Johnny. Chapter V at AllMusic. Retrieved July 17, 2011.
  5. ^ Wood, Mikael (August 12, 2005). "Chapter V Review". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved March 23, 2012. 
  6. ^ Sullivan, Caroline (August 4, 2005). "CD: Staind, Chapter V". The Guardian. Retrieved September 29, 2012. 
  7. ^ Murphy, John (August 8, 2005). "Staind – Chapter V". musicOMH. Retrieved September 29, 2012. 
  8. ^ Hoard, Christian (August 11, 2005). "Staind: Chapter V: Music review". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on October 1, 2008. Retrieved July 17, 2011. 
  9. ^ "Staind – Chapter V (album review)". Sputnikmusic. 2006-10-20. Retrieved 2012-02-09. 
  10. ^ Gundersen, Edna (2005-08-22). "Staind, Chapter V". USA Today. Retrieved 2013-07-02. 
Preceded by
Fireflies by Faith Hill
Billboard 200 number-one album
August 21, 2005 – August 27, 2005
Succeeded by
Most Wanted by Hilary Duff