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Album Review

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.

Customer Reviews

Definetly Breaks the Cycle

Here is Staind at their best. Their sophomore album, not as hardcore as their previous album, but a more in depth and melodic sound that grabs your attention from the get go. The message exhibited in this album is amazing and one can take positivity in it by learning that suffering happens and to break the cycle of trauma being passed down from generation to generation. A wonderful album full of emotion, passion, darkness, and overall hope for a better future. I highly reccomend this, and all other Staind albums. Staind breaks away from every other band at this time by addressing real issues, not just trying to conform to the popular music scene.

this albums legit

this music is powerful with its deep lyrics and heavy guitar riffs pressure, open your eyes, fade and can't believe are sick songs

pretty tight

aaron lewis rocks, through and through. if you like this, check out their first album dysfunction (or second, if you include the not so mainstream album tormented...)


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, Alternative, Hard Rock, Metal
  • Released: May 22, 2001
  • Parental Advisory

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