Chapter V [DualDisc]

Chapter V [DualDisc]

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After unplugging to good effect -- in terms of sales, at least -- on 14 Shades of Grey, Aaron Lewis and company return to amp overload mode on Staind's fifth outing. While the sonic backdrop may have changed a bit, Lewis's mood hasn't: From the opening strains of "Run Away" -- another of his efforts to find the root of his

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After unplugging to good effect -- in terms of sales, at least -- on 14 Shades of Grey, Aaron Lewis and company return to amp overload mode on Staind's fifth outing. While the sonic backdrop may have changed a bit, Lewis's mood hasn't: From the opening strains of "Run Away" -- another of his efforts to find the root of his inner lack of sensation -- the singer rails as if he's being tossed about like a beach ball in a game of existential catch. Songs like "Please" and the shuddering "King of All Excuses" churn along feverishly, with Lewis's self-evisceration matched by stinging lashes from Mike Mushok's guitar. The melodies on Chapter V aren't quite as instantly graspable as on the band's recent outings, but there are still a few moments guaranteed to make the faithful wave those lighters in midair -- notably "Take This," a power ballad that goes a little heavier on the power than, say, "It's Been Awhile" without losing that nugget of sensitivity at its core. Yes, the story has been told before, but at its best, Chapter V is quite a page-turner.

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All Music Guide - Johnny Loftus
By Staind album five it's remarkable how much bile still sits in Aaron Lewis' gut, how much mental anguish he's endured. But what's equally remarkable is how diligently he regurgitates it. He's like the post-grunge Job. Arguably emotion trumps Layne Staley and Alice in Chains as being the biggest component in this music. Lewis' first-person therapy drove the 2001 breakthrough "It's Been Awhile," his psyche was the star of 2003's 14 Shades of Grey, and he's once again searching, waiting, wondering, and flailing on Chapter V. "I'm still wearing this miserable skin," he cries in the churning "Please." "Why can't you just forgive me?" he pleads in the moody lead single, "Right Here." "I don't want to relive all the mistakes/I've made along the way." Staind often settles into a stodgy trudge somewhere south of melody, and the Alice/Pearl Jam/Tool forces are still strong. ("Devil" is like a Pearl Jam-branded template.) But the thing about Lewis is that he's just so genuine. Hundreds of frontmen pour out their emotions, from post-grunge bruisers to diary-clutching emo ninnies. But you can tell it's not a gimmick with Lewis. There are no illusions to his lyrics, no opportunistic shadows behind his words. "Tell me please/Who the f*ck do you want me to be?" -- Lewis could care less about looking macho when his heart's on the line. He searches for his emotional rescue in every note of every song, and if the hook suffers, well, too bad. Unfortunately they do suffer on Chapter V -- the mostly mid-tempo songs plod along, usually turning to a screeching lead guitar over chunky chording to differentiate the choruses. But by this point in the band's career it's likely fans are responding exclusively to Lewis' heady turmoil, not just waiting for a melody as strong as the one in "It's Been Awhile." V does still has its moments. "Take This" builds gently to an understated chorus -- it wouldn't be out of place on a Lifehouse album -- and "Right Here" is strong. As for rocking, "Falling" satisfies in a mid-'90s modern rock radio sort of way. But Staind is still about that wounded muscle in Lewis' chest, and whether or not he'll ever find redemption.

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Release Date:
08/09/2005
Label:
Atlantic
UPC:
0075596298223
catalogNumber:
62982
Rank:
37593

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Chapter V 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 24 reviews.
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I first heard this album and thought it was Dsyfunction! It is really stepping back to the not so commerical Staind! Falling, Paper Jesus, Run Away, Cross to Bear are really heavy...like Price to Play or Yesterday...Mudshovel!Right Here the first single is great...nice intro! King of All Excuses sounds like something else...old school Korn but its nice..! This is not the album to download from Apple but go buy it. Its full on assault at times but peaceful at others!!! Well done guys...Boston is your home!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved every song on this CD! It is great for anyone who loves hard and/or mellow rock. Go out and buy it now!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Chapter V was well worth waiting for!every song has its own unique place on the cd.go buy this cd and just let it play and play!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
The most anticipated album yet. Chapter V continues to deliver powerful lyrics with equally poweful music to se the mood. Each song is amazing. "right here", the first single" was just a glimpse in this amazing CD! Buy yours today!
Guest More than 1 year ago
The new album by Staind is friggin awesome. They are as powerful and real as ever. They have gotten a little harder as compared to 14 Shades of Grey. It is so good, I couldn’t stop listening to it for days. I have been waiting for years for them to get hard again. They are not metal hard, but a melodic powerful hard. There is a little something for everyone on this album. A few slower songs, a few harder songs, a few medium songs… but every one is filled with the same passion and truth as all Staind songs. Aaron has truly grown so much, and I love how it is so evident in his lyrics. My top 2 favorites are King of All Excuses and Everything Changes. The little money spent for this album is returned 10 fold through the music and I would recommend it for everyone.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The new staind CD, "Chapter V", is Staind's best album yet. They took a big step forward musically and lyrically. My personal favorite tracks are "Right Here", "Devil", "Eveything Changes", and "Please". I HIGHLY recommend buying this album, it is worth EVERY penny. Aaron Lewis' vocals on this album are AMAZING along with Mike Mushok's guitar. Mushok played UNBELIEVABLY this record. Like I said, the whole band sounded like they pushed their potential on this record.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Chapter V shows how staind has grown since the last album. This album brings a lighter sound than the previous ones, but there are some heavier songs that are really good. Staind has always done an excellent job with their music and even if you are a new fan or a fan since the beginning, you will not be disappointed buying this album or any of the last ones. Definitely worth checking out.
Guest More than 1 year ago
What can i say about Chapter V? Well, it is a great album that continues with the tradition of Staind writing music that just makes you wanna rock out. One thin i have always loved about Staind is that Aaron sings, and doesn't constantly scream. And this album is no exception. Aaron's wonderful voice is used and sounds amazing. Another thing that differentiates this album is that there are more guitar solos now. It's great to hear Mike showing his great ability on the axe. One of the songs that really stood out to me is "Everything Changes". I can't say exactly why i love this song as there are many reasons, from the meaning to it (the meaning i get from it that is), to the tempo and the melody itself. Another great thing about Chapter V is they brought back some good heavy stuff too. "King of All Excuses", "Falling", "Paper Jesus", just make you wanna bang your head and mosh around! Staind did a great job with this album and i definately reccomend it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Chapter V has got to be the best cd for all kind of Staind fans.No matter if you old school Satind or just newbies who started to listen to Staind when "Outside" hit big,There is is Satind song for you on this cd.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This Cd took a little to get into but once you listen to it you are hooked. The songs are just as deep as songs of the past. I honestly think Staind is one band that proves with each album that the best is yet to come.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Upon first listen to Staind's latest masterpiece "Chapter V" I was blown away. There was not a single song on the album that I did not enjoy. I found myself listening to it over and over again. It definitely brings back to the days of "Break the Cycle," with a mix of hard rock and melodic ballards. My personal favorite on the album has to be "Everything Changes," which begins with just soft instrumental and focus on Aaron's powerful voice. The chorus then goes into an awesome guitar playing before returning to the softer sound. I would recommend this album to all Staind fans, and think that this is a must for those just getting into Staind.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I cant say that I wanted anything to do with this album. After their last attempt, "14 shades of grey" I wasnt sure staind had it in them anymore. The album "14 shades" was nothing less of dissapionting. The songs were sappy, and sounded like they should be on the disney channel. Now don't get me wrong, I sopport the fact that they tried to make their music positive, but the writting, and the construction of the songs just wernt up to par, like they didnt try hard enough. Although, on this album, they seem like they put their part in the writting of the music. It is not flawless though.. most of the hamonies in the songs were a bit annoying, but other than that, the band is playng up to par. I will remain a listener if it stays this way
Guest More than 1 year ago
I'm lovin' the new Staind album. "Please" is my fave track off of Chapter V. If you're reading this debating whether or not to buy this album...buy it!!! In my opinion it is their best album to date both musically and lyrically.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Staind's Chapter V is a great album one of the best tracks on the album is "King Of All Excuses", but in a whole this album is worth buying
Guest More than 1 year ago
Chapter V is absolutely incredible. It always amazes me when a band like this can come out with a new CD every time and have it be better than the last, especially when their previous albums have been masterpieces. I have been a Staind fan from the very beginning and I have to tell you, Chapter V is a mixture of the early Staind and the newer Staind. You can't go wrong with this album. It has some softer songs (Everything Changes, Devil) and some hard raw songs (Paper Jesus, King of All Excuses) and some classic Staind type super hits (Right Here, Everything Changes). Aaron Lewis, Mike Mushok, Jon Wysocki, and Johnny April have done it again and created one of the best new albums to date. All I can say is that I hope the next "Chapters" will be as good as this one! A must have for any Staind/rock fan!!!!!!!! You can not go wrong with this album. It is worth every last cent that you spend on it. It will amaze you! It is Staind at their BEST!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I think this album is unbelievable! even if u didnt like the previous albums, youll definately like this one!
Guest More than 1 year ago
A pretty good cd, but all in all i liked his previous albums more. This cd has its moments but there are too many tracks that i didnt care for.
Guest More than 1 year ago
There are four great songs here and in this order: "Right Here," "Falling," "Run Away" and "King of All Excuses." The rest of the songs are so average, that it's not even funny. This is not where you want to start if you want to get into Staind. Start off with their "Greatest Hits." You'll find "Right Here" and "Falling" on it. Trust me, you can do without "Run Away," "King of All Excuses" and every other song on here. This CD was a big disappointment to me, because I like all of Staind's other CDs.
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