14 Shades of Grey [Explicit Lyrics]

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Barnes & Noble - David Sprague
What happens when an angry young man isn?t quite so angry anymore? Staind singer Aaron Lewis answers that question on this, the band?s fourth full-length album, a comparatively mellow set of tunes that builds on the more introspective elements of the multiplatinum-selling Break the Cycle. In keeping with the album?s title, Staind bypasses the red of rage and the blackness of misery for a more subdued tonal palette, which works well on songs that find Lewis wearing his heart on his sleeve, particularly the gentle ?Zoe,? a tune dedicated to his infant daughter. Lewis is similarly thoughtful, though far less sanguine, on ?Layne,? a dark, brooding song that looks back at ...
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Barnes & Noble - David Sprague
What happens when an angry young man isn’t quite so angry anymore? Staind singer Aaron Lewis answers that question on this, the band’s fourth full-length album, a comparatively mellow set of tunes that builds on the more introspective elements of the multiplatinum-selling Break the Cycle. In keeping with the album’s title, Staind bypasses the red of rage and the blackness of misery for a more subdued tonal palette, which works well on songs that find Lewis wearing his heart on his sleeve, particularly the gentle “Zoe,” a tune dedicated to his infant daughter. Lewis is similarly thoughtful, though far less sanguine, on “Layne,” a dark, brooding song that looks back at the loss of Alice in Chains singer Layne Staley. But it's not as though Lewis is beyond elevating the emotional fever pitch: “Yesterday” is a particularly nasty laundry list of revenge on those who have done him wrong in days gone by. Far more textured than its predecessors -- but not without its moments of pedal-to-the-metal overdrive -- 14 Shades of Grey adds some much-needed color to an increasingly monochromatic hard-rock scene.
All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Staind broke through the nu-metal murk in 2001 with Break the Cycle because the band landed upon a rather ingenious formula -- toning down the aggression and turning up the emotion, all the while returning to the Alice in Chains-styled grunge that began the whole alt-metal mania of the '90s. Evidently, American audiences were hungry for big sensitive guys with tattoos crooning ballads, since Break the Cycle and its single, "Been a While," were inescapable throughout 2001, and soon Staind had eclipsed even its mentor, Fred Durst's Limp Bizkit, in popularity, raising expectations for the group's third album, 2003's 14 Shades of Grey. What they've delivered is a record that follows through on the neo-grunge and soul-baring, sensitive journal entries of Break the Cycle. There are plenty of loud guitars here, but the overall sense of aggression has been tempered considerably as Aaron Lewis' thoughts and feelings take the forefront, with the music used as coloring for his emotion. That means there's not much visceral kick in the rhythms, nor are there head-snapping hooks in the riffs, or catchy melodies. Like a metallic variation on emo, where expression trumps any other consideration, Staind is all about how Lewis is feeling -- whether it's about the world, love, his daughter "Zoe Jane," or his idol, "Layne." The tempos, even when fast, let Lewis emote, and he does so with a full-bodied croon, something that sounds particularly jarring when he sings "f***," which he does a lot, often in choruses. The croon, the profanity, and his obsession with documenting his emotions in detail -- an obsession with his feelings on the level of second-wave sensitive '70s singer/songwriters who also reveled in the specificity of their situations -- are in full bloom on 14 Shades of Grey, and they have the net result of either making listeners empathize completely or turning them off completely. That specificity of situation might, in fact, make the audience that connects with this smaller than the legions who loved "It's Been a While" -- particularly because there are no songs with hooks, let alone hooks as undeniable as that -- but those who connect with Staind will likely find this more consistently satisfying than Break the Cycle.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/20/2003
  • Label: Elektra / Wea
  • UPC: 075596288224
  • Catalog Number: 62882
  • Sales rank: 31,021

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Price to Play (3:36)
  2. 2 How About You (3:59)
  3. 3 So Far Away (4:05)
  4. 4 Yesterday (3:48)
  5. 5 Fray (5:04)
  6. 6 Zoe Jane (4:38)
  7. 7 Fill Me Up (4:25)
  8. 8 Layne (4:27)
  9. 9 Falling Down (3:56)
  10. 10 Reality (4:38)
  11. 11 Tonight (4:26)
  12. 12 Could It Be (4:44)
  13. 13 Blow Away (6:16)
  14. 14 Intro (4:30)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Staind Primary Artist
Johnny April Group Member
Anthony Valcic Keyboards
Aaron Lewis Group Member
Tony Reyes Keyboards
Josh Abraham Keyboards
Jon Wysocki Group Member
Mike Mushok Group Member
Technical Credits
Johnny April Composer
Anthony Valcic Programming, Engineer
Aaron Lewis Composer
Jordan Schur Executive Producer
Ryan Williams Engineer
Josh Abraham Programming, Producer, String Arrangements
Josh Wilbur Digital Editing
Jon Wysocki Composer
Mike Mushok Composer
Gayle Boulware Art Direction
Gregory Gigendad Burke Art Direction
Jon Berkowitz Engineer
David Khane String Arrangements
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    grade A stuff!

    if u like alternative metal, Staind's the way to go. if you crave something a little heavier than 14 Shades Of Gray, check of their 2001 album, Break The Cycle, and their 1999 album, Dysfunction. my faves on 14 Shades are 1,2,3,6,7,9,10,& 13. check out Staind, you might like them...........

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Staind- A brand new drug for your brain

    Staind is one of the best bands when it comes to quality music. I don't know how they manage to make their songs so addictive. Each track you listen to, you will listen over and over again. I liked Break the Cycle and also this one. Dysfunction was a little bit louder. Try this one out, its really good

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    awesome

    staind is a great band. Never started to listen to them until lately but they are one of the best bands out there. So many songs I have heard on the radio and liked and didnt even realize who was playing it. I also didnt know that my father knows the parents of the guitarist Mike Mushok personally.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Surprise

    Staind not only did it again, they did it better, this is better than break the cycle and even a little better then their first

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    14 Shades of Grey

    Staind has once again put us through a ringer of emotions. Their amazing lyrics, intoxicating music, and overall performance will probably land them with another multi-platinum record. This album is definitely a must in your cd collection. Staind seems to have grown and understood all aspects of our fragile lives and share thier experiences with us through an amazing array of sound, words, and energy.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    one of the best albums of the year

    With the success of Break the Cycle Staind is under the pressure of doing it again. I don't think they should be feeling any pressure because their new CD 14 Shades of Grey is bound to top the charts. It's packed with heartfelt lyrics and similiar to their previous CD it's diverse. Only this time it's more diverse and there aren't any tracks with screaming. (except for a little in Price To Play) Even if you're into the sounds of lighter rock (Lifehouse, 3 Doors Down) there are tracks you'll love. Try Zoe Jane and So Far Away. Or for the sounds of Break the Cycle go for Fray, Yesterday, and Intro. The whole CD is worth you're money, every cent. I guarantee you'll listen to it over and over again.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    If you have the money buy it

    The new staind cd is good but a little softer and the dvd stuff is awesome.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Staind Does It Again.....

    I have been a fan since 1999. In that time I have never been disappointed by the music they create. The music is amazing. Staind has the greatest musicians around. They always write new and inventive music. Then you have one of the greatest singers in the music industry singing his heart out. His lyrics are always so personal and, at points on this album, you may even say that they are touching. The great thing about this album is that it is a picture of their maturity. If you listen to all their albums back-to-back you get a picture of what the band has gone through. It is nice to see my favorite band grow up and enjoy the success they earned. Some tracks you might enjoy: "Yesterday," "Zoe Jane," and "So Far Away."

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great CD

    This CD is wonderful. Better than "Break the Cycle". Buy this CD.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    It's been a while...

    Too long if you ask me. I was starting to wonder about our friends in Staind, but I'm glad they have returned. Tragically, after losing the bass player to a shark attack in the Florida Keys, the group decided to hire their old friend Slippery McCallaghan for the low-end duties. He sure can rage on that 4 string, too! Right off the bat, the cd begins with a hot and saucy rocker with Aaron declaring "I love the way you look in those acid washed jeans, baby!". It's so tongue in cheek that it made me get a bulge in the backside of my skivvies, if you know what I mean. If you don't, it means that I soiled myself. VH1 is gonna be all over the duet that features Rod Stewart, entitled "Boogers on my bedpost". It's a real quacker! You'll really click your cowboy boots to it -- and mind you that, fish eaters! Overall, the look and feel of this brand new cd is about the same as the last, but with the added string section, the band really explores their musical ends.

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