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Break the Cycle

Break the Cycle

4.6 43
by Staind

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They say you can catch a lot more flies with honey than with vinegar -- an adage that's borne into the nu-metal world by this gaggle of tattooed but sensitive angst-mongers. Best known thus far for getting mentor Fred Durst in touch with his softer side on the brooding, MTV-endorsed acoustic ballad "Outside" -- a somewhat rougher alternate


They say you can catch a lot more flies with honey than with vinegar -- an adage that's borne into the nu-metal world by this gaggle of tattooed but sensitive angst-mongers. Best known thus far for getting mentor Fred Durst in touch with his softer side on the brooding, MTV-endorsed acoustic ballad "Outside" -- a somewhat rougher alternate version of which is included on Break the Cycle -- Staind veer wildly between macho and mellow on this sophomore outing. On the former front, Aaron Lewis manages to lace self-explanatory tunes like "Suffer" and "Waste" with plenty of disaffected, monosyllabic grunting, made all the more stark by guitarist Mike Mushok's steel-cage guitar scraping. But try as they might, Staind don't quite cut it as purveyors of fury: As demonstrated by stultifying tracks like "It's Been a While" and "Pressure," they're a bit too stiff and mannered to bring the noise believably. Fortunately for them, they're already showing signs of outgrowing the angry-young-outcast shtick. "Epiphany" finds them dabbling in prog-pop, complete with a real live string section, and "Warm Safe Place" encroaches on the droning goth territory that's gone unguarded since the abdication of the Cure. With evidence of more than one color in their palette, Staind may yet prove to be more indelible than the bulk of their peers.

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All Music Guide - Michael Gallucci
The title of Staind's sophomore album refers to the misery passed on from generation to generation; specifically, singer Aaron Lewis' family issues. And Break the Cycle is an issues album -- Lewis' therapy session for all to hear. "For You" reads like a final confession from child to parent ("I am f*cked up because you are"), and on the hit single "It's Been Awhile," he sings, "I cannot blame this on my father." Staind wraps up all this pain in deceivingly melodic packages, sort of like Nirvana's "All Apologies" without the depth. Lewis has a Kurt Cobain-like ache to his voice, which makes the more affecting songs -- like the acoustic version of "Outside" -- genuine (or at least appear that way). Cycle is ultimately no more than 50 minutes of standard-issue desolation, but the softness of many of the tracks gives it compassion, something most of Staind's peers have no time for.

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Elektra / Wea

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  1. Open Your Eyes
  2. Pressure
  3. Fade
  4. It's Been Awhile
  5. Change
  6. Can't Believe
  7. Epiphany
  8. Suffer
  9. Warm Safe Place
  10. For You
  11. Outside
  12. Waste
  13. Take It
  14. It's Been Awhile (Acoustic Version)

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Break the Cycle 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 43 reviews.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Staind's second album is a step forward in the band's evolution since their first album Dysfunction. They expose another dimension to their music with a few more subdued tracks including both standard and acoustic versions of their excellent single ''It's Been Awhile'' while on the other hand it includes a rougher (and thankfully sans Fred Durst) studio version of the hit ''Outside'' from the 1999 Family Values tour. Staind continues to refine their sound without losing their edge. I look forward to their future efforts.
Guest More than 1 year ago
How can you like anyone else? This is the best music you can relate to if you're like me! Finally! I found someone who went through the same stuff! ''Epiphany'' is the best track, there's so much feeling.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Not since Ezra Pound (or maybe Blackie Lawless) has poetry been "resuscitated" in such a fresh way. Taking cues from Ezra and co., the lyricist of Staind takes serious literary chances, chances that astute observations and visionary convulsions are the resultant products. Raising the bar on what rock dudes can say in the rigid structure of a verse-chorus-verse song, and keeping with the tradition of trite non-word play, Staind chug out tuneless sludge to such Homeric aphorisms as "To my mother, to my father/ it's your son or it's your daughter". Right here you have a very complex family grid, so complex we are not even completely sure whether the narrator is male or female. Closer inspection shows that it's actually a hermaphrodite, one that wants to pump up the volume while brandishing his-her new facial piercings within the suffocating confines of his-her midwestern anti-city . And that's the sort of ingenuity you can expect from this made-for-the-teen-set Alice in Chains/Nirvana clones (Again, though grunge has been insignificant in hipster circles for some time, Staind were intuitive enough to dig up Cobain's bones and extract the remaining DNA and splice it with David Lee Roth's arse cheek cells). In other words, this "music" is the diametric opposite of the Velvet Underground. Where the Velvets are city, Staind are sticks. And that's why Staind have sold so many records (that and a lot of marketing on M TeenV's 1, 2, etc.) and the Velvets have sold so little. That's why the 80s were dominated not by SST Records but by Zepplin-lite bands like Winger, Def Leppard (these misspellings started before nu-metal), and Dokken. The anti-city soundz sellz!!!!!!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Staind has once again released a awesome CD. Most peope don't know this is Staind's 3rd Album. There first you can buy off their website. This Cd contains great power ballads like ''Can't Beleive'' to soft melodies like ''Epiphany''. Their song ''outside and others have inspired me to start a band and I just want to give thanks.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved the first cd by Staind (Dysfunction) an am now loving this second stellar album. The whole cd is great, I would definately suggest you check it out.
Guest More than 1 year ago
to tell the truth this is one of my favorite album ever manly cause it help me get through a lot of hard times and keep me calm
Guest More than 1 year ago
For those of you who have heard 'Outside' (which is probably most) parts of this album will disapoint you - but some will get your head bangin'. The first song really gets Break the Cycle going amd leaves you wondering what excellent song is next. All throughout the album, there is a lot of heavy drums beats and hard and sharp guitar lines but if you like your music this way, you will love this. From 'It's been a While' to 'For You', this album really kicks you in the teeth and gets you going. The lead singer supplies smooth vocals and makes the whole playing of the thing more relaxed, althought somehow, it is far from it. Although there are just a couple of songs that don't fulfill the album's expectations, they still keep you interested. But, despite all the great tracks that are listed, the best has to be 'Outside'. Just one note of the tune and I have it stuck in my head. 'Break the Cycle' is a must-have.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Warped being the first word i used to describe this. the way this album makes you feel when listened to makes buying it worthwhile. Open your eyes, Outside, It's been awhile are all powerful songs that find their way into my top 5 records list. (and believe me, that ain't easy!) being gothic means that listening to the kind of music that is heavy enough to annoy parents AND make you feel like slitting my wrists is on to a winner and is just another tribute to the way forward in Metal.
Guest More than 1 year ago
no offense, but the order of tracks up there is wrong, Fade is 3, Can't Belive is 6, For You is 10, and Epiphany is 7. Break The Cycle is a wonderful mix. some kids at my skool think these guys are heavy metal freaks, but their not. the only song that is 98% heavy metal is Cant Believe.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It was great
Guest More than 1 year ago
Staind is my favourite band at the moment. I think that they are UNBELIEVABLE (in a good way). Their music is so emotionally intense. That is what music is all about... expression. This album is brilliant and I love it. I'd recommend it to anyone who enjoys hard rock.
Guest More than 1 year ago
WTF? Only a select few here actually know anything about Staind. Break the Cycle(BTC) is Staind's THIRD album, not their second. Their second was Dysfunction which is a better cd than BTC. Their freshmen debut, tormented is just as good. Anyways, these guys are original and will be around for awhile(sorry, but it's the truth).
Guest More than 1 year ago
admittedly i'm not a huge fan of this type of music but this CD is incredible. i was hoping that the songs airing on the radio weren't the only good songs on the album, and to my surprise the whole thing is awesome. it's a nice change from all the total BS out there right now.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is one of the best CD's I've heard. I'm glad it made it on the top ten list because they usually don't have good music on there. I first bought this CD for the song ''it's been a while'' but now that I've heard it, all the songs are just as good if not better.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a great album and is definatly worth getting. I have a feeling Staind will be around for a while.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The album was great and they definetly got more attention from ''outside'' and ''it's been awhile'' they are also one of the main reasons rock is back. Staind will be here long after this day.
Guest More than 1 year ago
although not as heavy as the previous albums, you have to give them credit. this album has alot of emotion put in this. the music is laid out perfect and as always the lyrics are deep and really gets you to thinking about things. it is my most played cd since it came out.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i love staind because they haven't changed one bit. sure the two songs that have made it to the radio, awhile and outside are a little different and more chill than the rest of the cd but they are still awesome. the rest of the cd is pretty intense, ranging from being angry to feeling sad and alone. this is definately an intimate cd. the music content is extreme with amazing riffs and all around wickedness.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Don't get me wrong. Staind may or may not have some solid influences but this is a wretched album. Most of the songs sound alike and are hopelessly derived from other trendy modern rock. This is the kind of album that anybody could come up with: bland, identityless, and certainly tasteless. Just look at the musicians those that have praised this album recommend. Does anyone really listen to this on par with deservedly far more acclaimed musicians like the Beatles or the Stones? Or The Who? The Grateful Dead? The Kinks? Pink Floyd? Bob Dylan? Jethro Tull? Bob Marley? Peter Gabriel? Hendrix? Cream? Zeppelin?
Guest More than 1 year ago
This cd is the best cd that I have ever listened to.Yep, out of all the cd's that I have ever listened to, which is alot, I like this one the best.Numbers 4, 8, 10,and 13 are the best out of the bunch. So why don't you go to barnes and noble now and buy it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved the first single off the LP.Cant wait for radio play and others response of the other songs.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is such a great CD it's a must! Satind has a lot of songs people can relate too myself included. They're the best band!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
hey everyone i love Staind they rock. i love the song It's Been Awhile and i think they will rock forever