Illusion of Progress [Explicit Lyrics]

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Staind seem to sneer at the very notion of forward movement on the title of their sixth album, The Illusion of Progress, and that disdain very well may be a Freudian slip, as the Springfield, MA, rock band stubbornly refuses to evolve over the course of a decade. If anything, with each album their aggression erodes and the angst of frontman Aaron Lewis mellows into a mild grumpiness that surfaces only when he's not singing profane songs of devotion, which is most of the time. Ballads have always been his forte, a convenient vehicle for his quivering sensitivity and accidental melodicism, yet it's still startling how slow The Illusion of Progress unfolds, as ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Staind seem to sneer at the very notion of forward movement on the title of their sixth album, The Illusion of Progress, and that disdain very well may be a Freudian slip, as the Springfield, MA, rock band stubbornly refuses to evolve over the course of a decade. If anything, with each album their aggression erodes and the angst of frontman Aaron Lewis mellows into a mild grumpiness that surfaces only when he's not singing profane songs of devotion, which is most of the time. Ballads have always been his forte, a convenient vehicle for his quivering sensitivity and accidental melodicism, yet it's still startling how slow The Illusion of Progress unfolds, as Staind rarely muster the energy to move beyond midtempo even when they deign to crank up their amps for anthems of mild alienation or vague inspiration. Instead, they prefer to spend their time plucking electrics as if they were acoustics, creating arpeggios that recall "It's Been a While" while sidestepping replication because this slow, stately crawl is now the sound of Staind: they're easy listening grunge, music for recovering extreme sports addicts. So, it should come as no surprise that The Illusion of Progress is filled with love songs from Lewis, a married father of three who pledges his commitment and chronicles his insecurities and dreams in moody minor chords; it's not just an album recorded at his home studio, it's about his home. As always, Lewis' sincerity is disarming and strangely endearing, as unlike so many of his posturing peers he seems like a genuinely good guy, which is enough to make it hard not to wish that he could break free from his inadvertent lyrical clich├ęs, clumsy expletives, and obvious Bob Dylan allusions, to say something specific instead of something sweeping, but that would be progress, something that Staind don't desire because they're perfectly content with where they are.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/19/2008
  • Label: Atlantic
  • UPC: 075678991295
  • Catalog Number: 511769
  • Sales rank: 1,669

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 This Is It (3:43)
  2. 2 The Way I Am (4:18)
  3. 3 Believe (4:17)
  4. 4 Save Me (4:52)
  5. 5 All I Want (3:29)
  6. 6 Pardon Me (5:02)
  7. 7 Lost Along the Way (4:20)
  8. 8 Break Away (4:10)
  9. 9 Tangled Up in You (4:35)
  10. 10 Raining Again (3:53)
  11. 11 Rainy Day Parade (4:17)
  12. 12 The Corner (5:17)
  13. 13 Nothing Left to Say (7:12)
  14. 14 [CD-Rom Track]
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Staind Primary Artist, Track Performer
Stevie Blacke Strings
Aaron Lewis Track Performer
Rick Barnes Slide Guitar
John Pirruccello Pedal Steel Guitar
Johnny K Piano, Hammond Organ
Vernard Burton Vocals
Sharlisa Brooks Vocals
Carya Holmes Brown Vocals
Zita Smith Vocals
Technical Credits
Stevie Blacke Orchestration
Ted Jensen Mastering
Aaron Lewis Composer
Frank Harkins Art Direction
Staind Composer
Johnny K Composer, Producer, Engineer
Dane Venable Marketing
Pete Ricci Guitar Techician, Bass Technician
Brian Ranney Package Production
Sal Giancorelli Drum Technician
Tony Mysliwiec Digital Editing
Deborah Raven Cover Photo
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    metal rockers r the best

    Staind album is great. Track number 4 is the best song.

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