Dysfunction

Dysfunction

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by Staind
     
 
In addition to keeping it real, members of the neo-metal community strive to keep it in the family. Korn helped Limp Bizkit get a record deal, brought them on the road, and nurtured them to stardom, and now the Bizkit are doing the same for Staind. Signed by Limp frontman Fred Durst, Staind play brooding music that

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In addition to keeping it real, members of the neo-metal community strive to keep it in the family. Korn helped Limp Bizkit get a record deal, brought them on the road, and nurtured them to stardom, and now the Bizkit are doing the same for Staind. Signed by Limp frontman Fred Durst, Staind play brooding music that sounds like a potent mixture of Alice in Chains, Tool, and Pantera. Less blatantly funky than the rest of the Family Values clan, Staind nonetheless commands attention with haunting guitar lines, fuzz-soaked riffs, and vocals that seesaw between understated moans and hair-raising howls. The band's debut, Disfunction, is more musically consistent than most Korn-bred bands. It's also more genuinely tortured, with lyrics like, "You can feel my anger, you can feel my pain/You can feel my torment driving me insane" ("Mudshovel") and "Such a cancer on the face of everything that's beautiful" ("Just Go") driving the band ever-deeper into the abyss.

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
At the beginning of the '90s, "metal" was a dirty word. A few bands, such as Metallica, had enough weight to appear as heirs to the metallic crown, but for the most part, it was the province of lightweight pop-metal mavens. How times change. By the end of the decade, metal was ultra-serious, with the typical band tackling somber, even morose, subjects without humor either in their lyrics or music; it was nothing but a constant grind. Staind is very much emblematic of its era, as much as Poison was of its -- which isn't meant to be a slam, actually. It's just that the band's debut album, Dysfunction, is a product of the times. Staind shows a lot of promise on Dysfunction, but you'd forgive a casual observer for thinking that it's an average alt-metal record, because in many ways it is. Unlike Korn or Limp Bizkit (who fervently endorsed Staind, so much so that LB's lead singer, Fred Durst, co-produced the album), Staind doesn't really have a distinct image or musical style, but the band does summarize '90s underground metal, from Alice in Chains to Tool to Korn. This is hookless, solo-less music where the sonic texture serves as coloring for the bleak words. Not necessarily an easy listen for the uninitiated, but anyone who's grown up on alt-metal will find familiar touchstones throughout the record and will be pleased at how the band easily shifts tempos and sonic colorings, while Aaron Lewis actually sings on much of the record. These are subtle pleasures, the kinds that aficionados will appreciate. Other listeners, however, will likely find Dysfunction a little tedious, since there isn't a wide variety of songs on the record, nor is there anything catchy. That, of course, is a signature trait of alt-metal and helps make the record a sign of the times -- but that doesn't mean it's an easy record to enjoy for anyone outside of the cognoscenti.

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Release Date:
04/13/1999
Label:
Elektra / Wea
UPC:
0075596235624
catalogNumber:
62356

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Dysfunction 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
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Staind's major album debut hit me at such a high level. I was lucky enough to see them live before I bought the album. This album has so much energy, and drips with emotion. While musically is can be somewhat repetitive at times, the music matches Lewis' emotionally etched diatribes excellently.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this album is awesome it is the greatest album i have ever heard its so cool!!! aaron is very cool guy this album rocks i cant wait for the next stainds album!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
even though they where brought to the spotlight by Limp Bizkit's frontman, the band has a much mature and elaborated sound, they don't rely on any of today's so called 'new-metal' trends, they truly are one of the few great metal/rock bands i've heard.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is an awesome cd. It is extremely heavy. Dysfunction is probably my favorite out of all of Staind's cds. It is by far better than their first album, Tormented. If you're in the mood for something heavy, I definately recommend it, but if you're looking for something along the lines of Break the Cycle or 14 Shades of Grey then you're looking at the wrong cd. Just listen to the samples. Dysfunction is a whole lot different than any of their other cds. Be warned though, even though Dysfunction doesn't have a Parental Advisory, it has a lot of very bad language, although it doesn't have anything against Christianity other than "All the demons in my head won't leave me"- A Flat.
Guest More than 1 year ago
DON'T STOP LISTENING AFTER SPLEEN THERE IS A HIDDEN SONG
Anonymous More than 1 year ago