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  • Audio CD (May 20, 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Elektra / Wea
  • ASIN: B0000942LT
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #33,213 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Price To Play
2. How About You
3. So Far Away
4. Yesterday
5. Fray
6. Zoe Jane
7. Fill Me Up
8. Layne
9. Falling Down
10. Reality
11. Tonight
12. Could It Be
13. Blow Away
14. Intro

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Staind's 2001 sophmore album Break The Cycle was the biggest selling rock album released that year, selling over five million copies on the strenght of smash singles, most notably "It's Been Awhile." In addition, their Elektra debut Dysfunction, has sold nearly two million copies. Picking up that momentum comes their highly anticipated new album 14 Shades Of Grey, fourteen shards of sonic fury and introspective intensity, tempered by songwriting well beyond anything the band has achieved before. As a bonus, initial orders of 14 Shades Of Grey will include a free DVD featuring a home-movie documentary of the band's history since 1996, with exclusive live and behind the scenes footage from the studio, backstage nad everywhere in between.

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The Beatles had the White Album, Metallica, a black album, and now Staind has its gray album. While lumped in with the often indistinguishable nu metal crowd, Staind stands out, thanks in part to memorable ballads, such as the pained and beautiful "It's Been A While" and "Epiphany" from the quartet's 2001 breakthrough Break the Cycle. Their latest represents a natural progression; realizing the commercial potential of the poignant but heavy rock ballad, they've penned a slew of them. The light and cheery "How About You" is radio-ready, while the layered, string-backed "So Far Away," and honest and grateful musing on success, is another get-out-the lighters showcase for singer Aaron Lewis. Lewis's beautiful ode for his baby, "Zoe Jane," a tribute to late Alice in Chains vocalist Layne Staley ("Layne," which intentionally and effectively cops Alice's signature sound), and the grandiose thank-you note "Intro" are more strong, overtly introspective entries in Lewis' sometimes mushy, sometimes touching CD diary. --Katherine Turman

Customer Reviews

Break the cycle should still be considered their best album but 14 shades of Grey comes in an incredibly close second.
Robert M. Pallotti
This album has been in my cd non stop since it came out .This album will rock you and the lyrics will take you to the next leval.
Byron Fear
Always, Staind has many strong songs on their albums, but on this one, I can't pick a definitive number of best tracks.
Andrew McMullen

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By R. Morris on August 4, 2003
Format: Audio CD
Wow! This cd is definitely the best Staind album out yet. I waited a while to get this album because I wasn't sure I would like it very much. A lot of people complained that it was too soft and boring. I took my chances anyway because I liked their other two albums(Dysfunction, Break the Cycle) a lot. Every song on this cd is simply remarkable and I just can't get enough of it. The band really does a good job of showing how they feel and that is a good way to get to know a band. Some of my favorite songs on this cd are "Price To Play", "So Far Away", and "Fray". I can't believe that they could put such a good album together. It will always be one of my favorite rock cd's I'll ever own. Go buy it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on July 14, 2003
Format: Audio Cassette
Personally I think this album is a major success and barely surpasses break the cycle. So what if it's not as hard, or the tunes aren't as catchy as 2 certain main btc singles which is probably all you've heard... That's not what matters in this case. Staind have done the hardcore thing. It's well known that as bands evolve they tend to explore the more melodic and softer side of music, and this is a prime example. It's not that they get worse, they simply change. If you can't hack that, or can't keep up with it, well you've only failed yourself in that you can't learn to like something that others have no problem with. As a major Staind fan, I feel for what you're missing out on.
Moving along, I think this album is an awsome step in Aaron's progress as an emotional singer... we all knew he sung from the heart, what torment started, and what btc continued in an even better form, yet this album still manages to build up the emotional connection between the lyricist and the listener. The lyrics are clearer and deeper, not as cryptic or as murky (can't believe, suffer) and I truly think they're easier to reach for us fans.
And for that person who said that this album is soft ... well, you liked btc, didn't you? I bet you loved epiphany and outside, hell, even it's been a while was based on soft undertone melodies. I think it's wrong to dismiss the new soft songs so quickly simply because they expanded on a winnning formula... but oh well, those who don't like it won't like it, there will always be people like that.
Also it's obvious that the band worked incredibly hard on this release, they had so much to live up to... As a true fan of staind I respect their hard work and will stand by them, even when they do release a bad album.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By The Daz on December 3, 2005
Format: Audio CD
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.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By staindfan4000 on September 16, 2003
Format: Audio CD
Staind has yet to let me down. This time they took a much softer approach to their music. Many people say it is too soft, but i think it is almost as good as Break the Cycle, but not quite. Here are some rankings for each of their songs.
1. Price to Play(5/5)- I heard this song on the radio and knew I had to pick up this CD
2. How About You(4/5)- This is a slower song that has a good beat and a good rythym so you can really get into this song
3.So Far Away(4/5)- This song was released and I was happy. It is a very good song.
4.Yesterday(4.5/5)- First song with cussing, but that makes it good.
5. Fray(4/5)- A all around good song
6. Sweet Zoe Jane(5/5)- First true slow song on the CD. It is a very good song that can be put on repeat and never get old
7. Fill Me UP(4/5)- a good song with good opening music.
8. Layne(3/5)- One of my least favorites on the CD
This is the best part of the CD. #9-14
9. Falling Down(5/5)- MY FAVORITE SONG ON THE CD...PERIOD
10. Reality(5/5)- This song is down right kick-@$$. The chourus is hard to imagine the lung capacity of Aaron Lewis. Try to sing it like he does.
11. Tonight(5/5)- Great song
12. Could It Be(5/5)- Great song about being youself. Sounds sappy but once you hear it you willchange your mind.
13. Blow Away(4/5)-Good song
14. Intro(5/5)- In this song Aaron thanks his family for putting up with him. He also critisizes people for underestimated his band. Does this title hint the next CD?
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