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A Quick Track by Track (4.5/5),
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A Quick Track-By-Track
I was introduced to this band a while back, but not as long ago as some of u. Break the Cycle was the first album of Staind's i got to hear and it was really fantastic. Outside, its been awhile, for you, cant believe, all very good songs. I did go back and listen to their harder stuff after that, also really good. Their next album was just okay for me but their were a few great songs, especially So Far Away and Zoe Jane. Chapter V was pretty disappointing; very forgettable. In fact falling, run away, and right here are the only titles i remember from that record. Their most recent effort prior to this one, the illusion of progress, was simply not that good. It seemed at that point that they were just going through the motions.
This left me kinda concerned: for the most part Stainds albums were getting progressively worse. But when I heard Not Again and saw they were going back to roots a bit, i felt this record was worth a listen. Boy, was i right! It inspired me to make this track by track review of the record.
So its simple how i do the score. I grade each song out of five, then i average it to get the score of the record. I round the regular way, .5 or above rounds up.
Eyes Wide Open (5/5): Cool, hard hitting intro song. If you didn't know what this album was going to be all about, you would know after hearing this song. Some screaming, awesome chorus, and it flows very nicely into Not Again.
Not Again (5/5): What a single should accomplish: it should be a standout track, it should give insight to the rest of the album, it should have an appeal beyond the regular fan base, and it should be freaking awesome. Mission accomplished with this song.
Failing (3/5): Not the best song on the record, but still pretty great. Its kinda messy: part of if it is pretty hard and the chorus is very soft. It takes a second or third listen to get the feel for it, but it works. Good song.
Wannabe (4/5): Good song with an even better message. It is basically an attack on the people who talk badly about them, calling their critics lonely and miserable ("why don't you focus on your misery, instead of focusing on me?") The track also has some rap elements that work well: the rap serves to mock and the rock serves to flat out attack.
Throw It All Away (3/5): Very good ballad. Its got some of that old slow, dark flow sorely missing in the Illusion of Progress (certainly Staind's weakest effort). Lyrics are also very impressive, but that should be expected from lewis. Still though, it doesn't stand out, definitely feels like a filler song. Chorus is also pretty unremarkable.
Take a Breath (5/5): Im calling right now that this song is gonna be the sleeper of the record. Its not going to be talked about as much as other songs on the album, but it is really, really, really, really good. One thing you can always count on aaron to deliver is power and emotion. This is a shining example of that.
The Bottom (5/5): It may just be me, but i LOVE how aaron sounds in this song, particularly in the chorus, simply incredible. One of those classic staind songs where Aaron's amazing voice is enough to make the song great. Now add powerful and haunting lyrics and you have why this is a 5/5. In terms of hardness, out of the songs i listed so far, it is between Take a Breath and Not Again.
Now (4/5): Dunno why, but i got a Run Away from Chapter V vibe from this. But just so you could put a quality of the two records in perspective: where in Chapter V this song would have been the all important kickoff track, in this one its just filler in between two classics.
Paper Wings (5/5): Brutal, kickass, legen.... Wait for it... Dary (thanks NPH)! Everything about this song flat out rocks, nuff said really. The verses are the hardest on the record and it has an awesome chorus and message to compliment them.
Something to Remind you (howdoyoutypetheinfinitesymbol/5): I'd call this the best song on the record, but that wouldn't be doing it justice. I'd call this the best song in the past three records, but that wouldn't be doing it justice. This is their best song since Zoe Jane! The lyrics are absolutely beautiful and you can practically reach out and feel the emotion. I had to literally hold back a few tears, the first time a Staind song had that effect on me since Zoe Jane, where I'm not ashamed to admit, I COULDN'T hold them back.
So the final verdict (counting something to remind you as 5/5, which doesn't do it justice):
Ooh missed the round up by 0.1. Sorry dudes. You know what returning to your roots deserves an additional 0.1, so that is 4.5/5, rounds up to 5. Well deserved, awesome record.
If i made mistakes or you just feel differently, post a comment for me.
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Initial post: Nov 22, 2012 5:03:24 AM PST
Chapter V was actually pretty awesome - you should give it another chance. Schizophrenic Conversations and Please are two more really great tracks.
In reply to an earlier post on Dec 5, 2012 1:05:26 PM PST
John D. Ryan says:
Ill give it another shot
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