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Break the Cycle

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The album includes a studio version of "Outside," the smash hit from The Family Values Tour '99 live album. Certified Multi-Platinum (4 times) by the RIAA. (11/01)

Watch out, mom and dad. If you don't treat your kids right, they're gonna up and start an alt-metal band to share the angst you've brought on them with the world. After all, who needs therapy when you've got a million kids hearing your pain on MTV? Staind has never been a band to gloss over personal issues. They've given their albums names like Torment and Dysfunction, and their lyrics delve deep into singer Aaron Lewis' difficult past. Contrary to the title, Staind's third release, Break the Cycle, sticks with the tormented cycle, covering the same themes of heartbreak, self-doubt, and broken homes.

Lewis has almost three decades of personal material to mine, and as familiar as his issues are, Break the Cycle still feels like a new, honest look into difficulties that can hit people across the board. "Waste," a song written to a fan who committed suicide, is particularly poignant as it grabbles with Lewis's empathy and anger for a boy he's never met. "Outside" is another album standout. It's a slower, partially acoustic number that builds on its own emotion. The songs on Break the Cycle are drenched in melancholy melodies and slow, heavy riffs typical of the sensitive side of the alt-rock genre. Lewis sometimes breaks out into either a hearty yell or a throaty gurgle that sounds like the devil vomiting ("Can't Believe"), but the best songs keep his passion a little more controlled. You've probably heard rock like Break the Cycle piping from mainstream radio stations already, but Lewis's ability to turn his breakdowns into his art should capture a new round of fans happy to find kindred spirits in the band. --Jennifer Maerz

1. Open Your Eyes
2. Pressure
3. Fade
4. It's Been Awhile
5. Change
6. Can't Believe
7. Epiphany
8. Suffer
9. Safe Place
10. For You
11. Outside
12. Waste
13. Take It

Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 22, 2001)
  • Original Release Date: 2001
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Flip Records / Elektra
  • ASIN: B00005AAFJ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (679 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,279 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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34 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Andy on June 6, 2004
Format: Audio CD
"Break The Cycle" is basically Staind at their pinnacle. The album is flawless and each track is a hit. Aaron Lewis' introspective lyrics combined with Mike Mushok's wall-of-sound guitars build what was easily the best hard-rock album to come out 2001. The band explored more acoustic elements than before and the song-writing was put up front a bit more. Obviously, at the time, many fans brushed Staind off as sell-outs, which, in hindsight, I think everyone is realizing just how ridiculous that is -- especially when you consider the two biggest hits here ("It's Been A While" and "Outside") were kicking around in Lewis' head before Staind got signed. Sure, this album isn't half as aggressive or depressing as it's predecessor, 1999's "Dysfunction" (or their indie debut "Tormented"), but it is an overall professional and potent album, that is consistantly solid the whole way through. Acoustic (or partially) ballads (that have now become a staple of the band) make up about a third of this album. "It's Been A while" is already a modern rock classic, along with a studio version of "Outside" (original live version from the "Family Values 1999" disc) and "Epiphany," a touching song, dedicated to the fans. "Waste" is another fan dedicated song, but this one is more aggressive and is directed towards an individual fan who committed suicide. After being approached by the kid's Mother, Aaron Lewis penned this song. By closely listening to the song, a positive message is revealed, and marks one of the most mature moments of Staind's career. "Open Your Eyes" is a song about various global problems (i.e. pollution, homelessness, drugs...Read more ›
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Amar on January 6, 2002
Format: Audio CD
......1. Open Your Eyes-Love the instrumental, the verses have a sick way of getting into my head and staying there. The chorus is so-so, but the song is definitely one of the better songs.
2. Pressure-great song, verses and chorus are melodic and go together nicely. A good song to use to introduce someone to Staind.
3. Fade-One of my favorites. The chorus is incredible and I simply can't get enough. The song never gets old.
4. It's Been Awhile-Eh...i loved this song to death, but it got overplayed. Not the song's fault, however.
5. Change-At first I liked it, but now it just seems mediocre compared to the rest of the album. The verses are still good though!
6. Can't Believe-I didn't like this song, but you must hear the MTV Unplugged version of this song--damn incredible..
7. Epiphany-Everyone's favorite...=)
8. Suffer - The verse's lyrics are kind of weak, not because I can't relate, but because one or two lines don't flow real nice..chorus is very catchy and melodic, and surprisingly optimistic
9. Warm, Safe Place - I love the bass line and the guitar melody but the song itself is weak.
10. For You-Ahhh, another incredible song. The whole song is well-rounded, very enjoyable if you hate your damn parents sometimes!
11. Outside-Definitely much better than the live version. Still as every bit captivating as it was.
12. Waste-Ah damn, now this is intense. About a fan's suicide...the verses, drums, and guitar melody are captivating, but the chorus is kind of weak. Wait till you get the parts after the second chorus...i almost fell over when i first heard it
13. Take it-Good song, but not much to really say about it...I do like how it ends though !
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By T.C. on July 8, 2001
Format: Audio CD
I don't think I've ever bought a cd as good as "Break the Cycle". Aaron Lewis has such a good voice and such a good scream ("Change", "Can't Believe") All the songs sound different and are well written by Lewis. Songs like "Epiphany", "It's Been Awhile", and "Safe Place" remind me so much of my girlfriend, Brittany, and they are just a pleasure to listen to. Though I have to admit this album by Staind isn't as hard and heavy as their other 2 cds, songs such as "Suffer", "Pressure", "Can't Believe" and "Change" definently makes you want to thrash your head back and forth. Very emotionally driven and shows Aaron Lewis sharing his angst about his broken family he had to grow up with. I'm adopted so I can relate to alot of what he sings about like being ignored, never given much attention, shouted at consistently and other sh-- like that. The drummer is excellent, the guitar riffs are awesome and the singing by Aaron Lewis is some of the best I've ever heard (Nickelback, slightly better) Well, if you havn't bought this masterpiece of alt-metal\hard rock, do it ASAP! Peace.
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30 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Michael Crane on April 1, 2004
Format: Audio CD
Ever have a CD that you never really fully listened to when you first bought it? You know, sometimes you get that album for some specific songs, play those songs again and again, then forget about the rest of the album later. This has happened to me a few times, being that I have a very short attention span (gotta love the pure wonders of television, folks!). I'll listen to certain songs again and again, then forget about the rest of the album.
This was the case with Staind's album, "Break the Cycle." There were a few songs that I'd listen to again and again, then not pay any attention to the rest of the album. This was not the band's fault at all. Just my own weak attention span. Well, after finding this CD in a pile of others (ones I don't even listen to anymore), I decided to pop it in and give the entire album a good listen. I was completely surprised by the results. It was as if I was hearing the album for the first time--well, in a way, I was.
All of the songs are well balanced with emotions such as sorrow, anger and sadness. The lyrics are very powerful and strong, while the singing and the music is overall excellent. Each song has a feel and look of its own, which is important to create a successful album, as these guys have. While it's not quite as heavy as their past efforts, this album has plenty of anger and rage within. There are songs that are heavy while others are more mellow and somber. You're never facing overkill with a certain song style. While I love the entire album, my favorite songs are "open your eyes," "fade," "it's been awhile," "suffer," "epiphany," "for you," "waste" and "outside." Those are my favorites, but the entire album is a great listen.
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