Break The Cycle (Explicit Version) CD (2001)

Artist: Staind

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on 10/12/2001

Staind is not my favorite band but among the hard rock/alternative lineup that's out today they are probably the best choice. I could see this band breaking through after a couple of records. This album is leaps and bounds better than their last.

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Awesome CD

by on 5/25/2002

This CD is AWESOME. There is not one song on it that I do not like. I highly reccomend this CD.

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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.


Label Wea/elektra Entertainment
SKU 60474967
UPC 075596262620
UPC 14 00075596262620
Format CD
Release Date 5/22/2001
Author Staind
Artist Influence Aerosmith
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Artist Contemporary Fuel (Alternative Pop/Rock)
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Artist Contemporary Limp Bizkit
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Artist Contemporary Nothingface
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Artist Contemporary Puddle of Mudd
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Artist Follower Jon Langston
Technical Info
Engineer FU; Dave Dominguez; Josh Abraham
Producer Josh Abraham
CatalogID 62626
Lable Name Elektra (Label)
Released 05/22/2001
Original Release 2001
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Length 50m : 53s
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00075596262620
Album Notes and Credits
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.
Staind: Aaron Lewis (vocals); Mike Mushok (guitar); Johnny "Old School" April (bass); Jon Wysocki (drums).
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.
Audio Mixers: Andy Wallace; Steve Sisco.
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.
Illustrator: Craig Howell.
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.
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.
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.
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..."
Disc 1
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

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