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Album Review

Staind seem to sneer at the very notion of forward movement on the title of its 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 whenever 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 musters 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 Aaron 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 clichés, clumsy expletives, and obvious Bob Dylan allusions, to say something specific instead of something sweeping, but that would be progress, something that Staind doesn't desire because they're perfectly content with where they are. [A clean version of the CD was also released.]

Customer Reviews

Staind (Thanks for everything)

Staind, you guys have changed my life. When I was 13 yrs. old, I was in a lot of pain, and wanted to kill myself, because I blamed myself for the death of my grandfather. But I didn't obviously. Anyways, I have always like the music that you guys make, and through it, I have gained a new outlook on life, and I will now life everyday to the fullest. I will try to let go of the past, and make the best of the present, and hope for an even better tomorrow. Once again, THANK YOU STAIND!!!

Another Great Album!

Anyone who likes Staind won't be diappointed with this album.

Great Album!!

This album was not as fast as i wanted it to be, but was still good. If you are a true Staind fan than you will love this album.


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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The Illusion of Progress (Deluxe Version), Staind
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  • $11.99
  • Genres: Rock, Music, Alternative, Metal, Hard Rock
  • Released: Aug 19, 2008
  • Clean

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