The Illusion of Progress

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The Illusion of Progress
Studio album by Staind
Released August 19, 2008
Recorded 2007–2008
  • Home Studio of frontman Aaron Lewis at The Barn, Massachusetts
  • Mardi Gras Studios, Massachusetts
  • Groovemaster Studios, Illinois
Genre Post-grunge, alternative rock, hard rock
Length 56:54
Label Flip, Atlantic, Roadrunner
Producer Johnny K, Staind
Staind chronology
The Singles: 1996–2006
(2006)The Singles: 1996–20062006
The Illusion of Progress
Singles from The Illusion of Progress
  1. "Believe"
    Released: June 24, 2008
  2. "All I Want"
    Released: November 24, 2008
  3. "The Way I Am"
    Released: January 26, 2009
  4. "This Is It"
    Released: May 4, 2009
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic (53/100)[1]
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3/5 stars[2]
Billboard (positive)[3]
The Boston Globe (favorable)[4]
Los Angeles Times 2/4 stars[5]
Q 2/5 stars[1]
Rolling Stone 2.5/5 stars[6]
TuneLab Music 7.5/10 stars[7]

The Illusion of Progress is the sixth studio album by American rock band Staind. It was released on August 19, 2008. The Illusion of Progress was produced by Johnny K and recorded in lead singer Aaron Lewis' home studio. It debuted at No. 3 in the Billboard 200 with 91,800 units sold.

The lead single was "Believe", topping the Alternative Songs chart on September 13, 2008. It accumulated three weeks at number one.

The second single was "All I Want", came out on November 24. The video continued the story of the first single video and was available on Staind's Myspace on December 12. In Europe the second single was "The Way I Am", and its video was available on the Official Staind Website as of December 24. "This Is It" has been released as the last single off the album. The album has sold over 500,000 units in the United States alone.


Lewis commented, "We went into the studio with the mindset of making our heaviest record yet, but the record that came out has flavors of Pink Floyd and straight-up blues. We didn't use the same rigs that we use onstage; we used all vintage guitars and amps, and I'm pretty psyched about it. The songs are pretty timeless in their texture." The band calls the new project the "most musical CD" they've recorded to date.[8]


To promote the album, Staind treated their fans to a series of intimate, behind-the-scenes "webisodes" posted on, documenting their recording process. Staind also premiered the song "Believe" worldwide on U.S. station KYSR in Los Angeles. Staind also released the song, "This Is It", on iTunes early as a single. "This Is It" was released as a downloadable track for the video game Rock Band on July 29 for the Xbox 360 and July 31 for PlayStation 3.[9] "This Is It" was also featured on the soundtrack for the 2009 film Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen.


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 53, based on 8 reviews.[1]

Track listing[edit]

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

No. Title Length
1. "This Is It" 3:43
2. "The Way I Am" 4:18
3. "Believe" 4:17
4. "Save Me" 4:52
5. "All I Want" 3:30
6. "Pardon Me" 5:02
7. "Lost Along the Way" 4:20
8. "Break Away" 4:10
9. "Tangled Up in You" 4:35
10. "Raining Again" 3:53
11. "Rainy Day Parade" 4:17
12. "The Corner" 5:17
13. "Nothing Left to Say" 4:40
Total length: 56:54
  • Note: The Japanese edition of The Illusion of Progress lists the two bonus tracks "Something Like Me" and "The Truth" as both recorded live at the Hiro Ballroom. This is incorrect. They are actually the studio versions recorded during the Chapter V album sessions.

Chart positions[edit]

Chart Position
Billboard 200 3
Top Modern/Alternative Rock Albums Chart 2
Top Internet Albums Chart 1
Top Digital Albums Chart 1
Canada 16
UK 73[10]


  • Aaron Lewis – lead vocals, rhythm guitar
  • Mike Mushok – lead guitar
  • Johnny April – bass, backing vocals
  • Jon Wysocki – drums
  • Johnny K – keyboards, production
  • John Pirruccello – pedal steel guitar
  • Rick Barnes – slide guitar
  • Stevie Blacke – orchestration


  • Producer – Johnny K.
  • Mixing – Ryan Williams
  • Mastered – Ted Jenson



  1. ^ a b c "Staind:The Illusion Of Progress (2008): Reviews". Metacritic. CNET Networks, Inc. Retrieved March 13, 2009. 
  2. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. The Illusion of Progress at AllMusic. Retrieved July 17, 2011.
  3. ^ Graff, Gary. "The Illusion of Progress". Billboard. Archived from the original on August 19, 2008. Retrieved September 29, 2012. 
  4. ^ Morse, Steve (August 19, 2008). "That's no illusion - it's real progress". The Boston Globe. Retrieved September 29, 2012. 
  5. ^ Appleford, Steve (August 19, 2008). "New CDs: Staind, Amy Macdonald". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved September 29, 2012. 
  6. ^ Rosen, Jody (August 21, 2008). "Staind: The Illusion Of Progress: Music review". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on June 18, 2009. Retrieved July 17, 2011. 
  7. ^ "Review: Staind – 'The Illuison Of Progress'". TuneLab Music. August 12, 2008. Retrieved July 17, 2011. 
  8. ^ STAIND /// The Official Site
  9. ^ DLC Week of July 29th Scars on Broadway, Staind, Testamen , The New No 2 – Rock Band – Forums
  10. ^ "Official Album Chart for the week ending 20 September 2008". ChartsPlus. Milton Keynes: IQ Ware Ltd (369): 5–8. 

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