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The Illusion Of Progress
The Illusion Of Progress
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4.0 out of 5 stars A great album that can hold its own despite the critics, November 29, 2009
The Illusion of Progress is a great record that can easily be considered a sequel album to both Chapter V and Shades of Gray. Sure, there are parts where this album does come up below the bar that is set by the handful of singles it features. What do people honestly expect from a rock band that's already established itself? Some new groundbreaking opus? They're not the hot new band shadowing Fred Durst anymore and they're very well aware of it. They're not singing about mommy and daddy not loving them with gutteral screams and lyrics that sound like they came from a 17-year olds diary. Now, they sing about life's challenges with a more mature tone, willing to allow some light to shine with their defining darkness.

Sure, this album may not have half of the album in the top 40, but it still has singles worth looking into. 'Believe' can easily be identified as a coming-of-age battle cry, one that I particularly relate to since I first heard it when I was going through some hard times away from home. 'All I Want' is a song that is more on the lighter side of Staind's sound but is catchy enough to make note of. 'Tangled Up In You' is an excellent and unexpected love song with a timeless feel. 'The Corner' is a blues and gospel wrapped ballad that will make your hair stand on end.

The main message of the album seems to be accepting the fact that life is what it is: there is both progress and challenge flowing in cycles. It is how we deal with these challenges that defines us. Whether we are able to disillusion ourselves or progress down the road, either way we still need to believe.

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