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Format: CD
Sku: 60474967
UPC: 075596262620
UPC 14: 00075596262620
Release Date: 5/22/2001
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Song Listing

Disc 1
Song Title
1. Open Your Eyes ~ Staind
2. Pressure ~ Staind
3. Fade ~ Staind
4. It's Been Awhile ~ Staind
5. Change ~ Staind
6. Can't Believe ~ Staind
7. Epiphany ~ Staind
8. Suffer ~ Staind
9. Safe Place ~ Staind
10. For You ~ Staind
11. Outside ~ Staind
12. Waste ~ Staind
13. Take It ~ Staind
In all directions--musically, lyrically, even in the choice of title--Break The Cycle moves forward from what STAIND accomplished artistically on their predecessor. Produced by Josh Abraham and mixed by Andy Wallace, the new album has heavy moments that out-thrash anything on Dysfunction, but the band isn't afraid to make some gentler sounds as well. The songs offer more of the introspective intensity found on Dysfunction, but this time, along with the anger and sadness is maturity, hope, understanding and even a love song. Above all, Break The Cycle solidifies STAIND's identity as a heavy rock band like no other, a group that writes real songs and imbues the most aggressive and dissonant sounds with a musicality and beauty that would be equally as powerful even if performed on an acoustic guitar.

Album Notes and Credits

Notes & Personnel Info
Muze PNote This is a Hyper CD which contains regular audio tracks and provides a link to the artist's website with the help of a web browser.
Muze PNote Staind: Aaron Lewis (vocals); Mike Mushok (guitar); Johnny "Old School" April (bass); Jon Wysocki (drums).
Muze PNote Recorded at NRG Studios, Los Angeles, California; Longview Farm Studios, North Brookfield, Massachussetts; Southbeach Studios, Miami Beach, Florida; Electric Lady Recording Studio, New York, New York.
Muze PNote Audio Mixers: Andy Wallace; Steve Sisco.
Muze PNote Recording information: Electric Lady Recording Studio, New York, NY; Longview Farm Studios, North Brookfield, MA; NRG Studios, Los Angeles, CA; Southbeach Studios, Miami Beach, FL.
Muze PNote Illustrator: Craig Howell.
Muze PNote Most modern hard rock bands miss the mark by over-emphasizing great riffs and neglecting the importance of complementary vocals. Luckily, such is not the case with Staind, who owe some nods to Limp Bizkit's Fred Durst for career guidance. Durst encouraged vocalist Aaron Lewis to sing more and scream less, which proved to be a key factor in the band's development. The appeal of Staind lies in the purity and fierce emotional integrity of their music, traits seldom seen in heavy rock since Suicidal Tendencies and Pantera ruled the roost.
Muze PNote Lewis's moonlighting as a solo acoustic performer in the band's lean years serves Staind well as BREAK THE CYCLE boasts a well balanced set of thrashy material ("Open Your Eyes" and "Safe Place") offset by more gentle rock ballads ("Fade" and "Suffer"). It is the impact of those ballads that sets Staind apart from their new-metal brethren. The radio-bound "It's Been Awhile" and full-band treatment of "Outside" strike universal chords, effectively capturing the bitterness of regret and facing reality with brooding hopefulness.

Producer: Josh Abraham

Engineer: FU; Dave Dominguez; Josh Abraham

Artist Overview

Although they are very much their own band, Staind are often linked to Limp Bizkit, whose singer Fred Durst was instrumental in aiding the band's career. Early on, Durst suggested that lead singer Aaron Lewis integrate solo acoustic touches into the band's heavy-rock approach. And while Staind proved itself fully capable of rocking as hard as any of its nu-metal brethren, it was ultimately an introspective, acoustic-based ballad that provided Staind with its biggest hit, the ubiquitous "It's Been Awhile," which became one of 2001's most-heard songs.

Compilation Appearances

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Technical Info

Music Release Date Release Date : 05/22/2001
Music Original Release Date Original Release Date : 2001
Music CatalogId Catalog ID : 62626
Music Label Name Label : Elektra (Label)
Music Number of Discs Number of Discs : 1
Music Studio or Live Studio/Live : Studio
Music Mono or Stereo Mono/Stereo : Stereo
Music SPAR code SPAR Code : n/a
Music UPC UPC : 00075596262620

Professional Reviews

Rolling Stone (6/7/01, p.112)
- 3.5 stars out of 5 - "...Misery rock's most song-oriented, downright sensitive band in years....they don't need to split eardrums to open hearts..."

CMJ (6/4/01, p.19)
- "...Staind have claimed an even firmer grip on its moody rock crown with this album..."

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