As a lot of their nu-metal counterparts were fading away in 2003 (see Limp Bizkit), Staind stepped up to the plate and hit a home run with the follow up to their extremely popular CD “Break the Cycle.” “14 Shades of Grey” proved to be another commercial success for the quartet who hail from Massachusetts.
After the popularity of the successful power ballads, “Outside,” “It’s Been Awhile,” and “Epiphany” from their previous release, Staind’s first single off their 2003 album was a more heavier song entitled, “Price to Play.” That garnered success on the rock charts, but failed to make an impact on top 40 radio, like “It’s Been Awhile” and “Outside” did.
But one listen through the album, and you knew their were a few power ballads sitting their, just waiting to be introduced to the maintstream. Track 3, “So Far Away” was one of them. Following in the footsteps of “It’s Been Awhile,” the second single off this CD reached #1 on the rock and top 40 charts and kept Staind in the spotlight. The third single, “How About You” was very successful for the band as well.
With the addition of a new daughter (and I would assume the success of “Break the Cycle”), “14 Shades of Grey” has a more happier tone to it than the darker tones of the previous albums. “Zoe Jane” is a song written by Lewis to his daughter and “Intro” is a thank you message to all the people close to him. “Blow Away” is another excellent track that ranks toward the top of my all-time favorite Staind songs.
With label support and another world tour following the release of this CD, Staind proved to be a mainstay in the rock scene for at least a few more years–and made this fan look forward to another new Staind album in 2005.