Break the Cycle [Explicit Lyrics]

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Barnes & Noble - David Sprague
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 ...
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Barnes & Noble - David Sprague
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.
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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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/22/2001
  • Label: Elektra / Wea
  • UPC: 075596262620
  • Catalog Number: 62626
  • Sales rank: 23,264

Tracks

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

Performance Credits
Staind Primary Artist
Aaron Lewis Track Performer
Technical Credits
Johnny April Composer
Vladimir Meller Mastering
Aaron Lewis Composer
David Dominguez Engineer
Jordan Schur Executive Producer
Josh Abraham Producer, Engineer
Craig Howell Art Direction, Illustrations
Jon Wysocki Composer
Mike Mushok Composer
FU Engineer
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Average Rating 4.5
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great

    I really liked this CD. Though they now sport a Parental Advisory Label, Staind delivers. The songs Epiphany, Fade, Outside, and It's Been a While are my favorites. The band is really great. I totally support them and this CD is really great.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    From nu-metal fans to Nirvana Freaks this is the perfect Album

    Anyone can see Lewis as a Kurt Cobain singer mixed with Maynard James Keenan with the rock of Alice in Chains mixed with Tool and APC and acoustics of Nirvana ballads. All blended together to mesh perfectly. This album is truly a Masterpiece.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Break the Cycle

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Break the Cycle

    Break The Cycle's one of those CDs that you can listen to over and over again if u could, i think every song's good. 7 is a ballad, 6 is a heavy metal track, 11 is a power ballad, and the rest is pure STAIND!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great CD

    Out of all of their CDs, this is their best. The lyrics are good, and the music is great.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Break the Cycle

    Staind does it again, dysfunction was good, but Break The Cycle is better (a little better than 14 Shades Of Grey). Aaron's emotional lyrics and his voice are awesome. Same goes to Mike's heavy riffs with the smooth bass (by Johnny) and Jon's kick @$$ drumming. Break The Cycle's singles like For You, Fade, It's Been Awhile & Outside are my all time favorite songs. If you want good hard rock, check out Staind.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Ezra Pound and Staind should never be contexualized together, but I still did it.

    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!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Break the Cycle: Staind's THIRD album

    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).

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    STAIN MANIA

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Pure Dreck

    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?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    To Samuel Weissman

    The primary function of music for performers and songwriters is expression. The most important thing about writing music is sincerity. Why do the lyrics need to be 'arty'? Besides, Aaron Lewis uses METAPHORS and stuff. How much more poetic can you get? Genuine emotion is worth much more than pretentiousness or smartass statements.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Staind

    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

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Staind, Glorious and warped

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Unbelievable

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    STAIND - Break the Cycle: Good or Bad?

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Could have been a lot better.

    Obviously, Staind mean well with their music to reach the self-degrading, alienated f-d up youth of the world, and try to relate to the listener and give lyrics that try to understand and help. The problem is that Staind's lyrics lack art and cleverness. Singer Aaron Lewis draws out long, slow and boring songs of depression that serve little purpose other than to make you feel even worse than you already are. I'm not saying good music has to be uplifting; misery rock is all well and good as long as you do it right. But often the instruments sound very bland and unimportant. I liked some of the ballads like Outside, and It's Been A While, although the latter again seems like Lewis is just writing down his thoughts and feelings rather than portraying them artfully. It could have been much better if the band had put more effort into it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The Best to Relate To!

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    this is the shiznitz

    not only is the band hot, but so is their music. they put so much feeling and personal emotion into their music.i was so happy with the whole cd that i bought 2 just so i could listen to one in the car, and at home in my room.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    It's the best

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Staind is great!

    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!!

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