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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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The above reviewer must be brain damaged as this is in mine, and many others opinions Staind's best album. Not since this album has staind managed to capture that good hard in your face we don't give a F$@% attitude that they had going here. Highlight tracks include Suffocate, Mudshovel, Home, and Spleen. Give this album a listen if you are into harder rock/nu-metal.

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This is an amazing, gerne definding piece of work by Staind. Staind gained enourmous popularity through the release of this album, as well many fans. Out of nowwhere this isanely heavy band, exposing a new gerne that was to come by the end of the 90s, sells over a million copies in the US alone. I bought this album with I was 13 and was in love with it. Obviously the itunes reviewer is is not a fan of this kind of music.... lame if you ask me.. Reviewers should be a fan of all gernres if to be good reviewers... a wde array of consensus to come to a decent conclusion.... Newayz this album kills... yeah I ddin't prrofread of bother for spelling so whatvs...


Every good thing about a Nu metal album. This album remains to be one of Staind's best. Purely amazing well done Staind.


Formed: November 24, 1995 in Springfield, MA

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

It has been said that first impressions last a lifetime. Luckily for Staind, some only last for about 45 minutes. After a volatile disagreement with Limp Bizkit's Fred Durst over some of Staind's early cover art, it seemed their big break had walked out the door. Fortunately, by the time Durst had witnessed Staind's intense live show, he was ready to exchange phone numbers. Staind's story began in the New England area when vocalist Aaron Lewis and guitarist Mike Mushok met at a Christmas party...
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  • $9.99
  • Genres: Rock, Music, Hard Rock, Metal
  • Released: Apr 13, 1999
  • Parental Advisory

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