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The Illusion Of Progress

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  • I still remember the first time I saw Staind in concert back in 2001. I hardly knew anything about the band but it turned out to be one of the most incredible shows I’ve ever seen! Shortly after this they became my favorite band and even managed to change my taste in music for the better. I must have listened to “Break the Cycle” countless times throughout high school. That album truly must be one of the greatest of all time in my opinion. Well seven years down the road (can’t believe its been that long!) and I still love Staind even though I no longer consider them my favorite.

    Unfortunately I’ve felt the last couple albums including this one lack originality and the ability to stir up emphatic feelings like the other ones did. I hate to compare one album to another because I love to watch bands branch out and progress in order to push their creativity. But with Staind I don’t think they’ve branched out enough and it’s left the last few albums sounding like cloned counterparts of previous efforts. I’m not saying the albums aren’t good, personally I love 14 Shades of Grey and Chapter V but the thing that made B.T.C. so epic is that fans felt like they could relate to it. It seemed in way to define a new generation much like Pearl Jam’s “Ten” or Nirvana’s “Nevermind” did in the 90’s. Although Aaron and the group still write great songs and lyrics they don’t seem to be able to pull fans in like they once did. “The Illusion of Progress” is a good album and is worth checking out but if your looking for another epic Staind album you probably wont find it…

    ON A SIDE NOTE: I THINK ANY REVIEW COMPARING RECENT Staind albums to “Dysfunction” or “Tormented” should be DISREGARDED. People either loved or hated the change in musical direction the group made (I for one loved it) but its like trying to compare apples and oranges. They’re two completely different styles and sounds.

    Posted on December 28, 2009