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  • Summary: The alt-metal band returns with a follow-up to their 2001 megahit, 'Break The Cycle.'
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 10
  2. Negative: 3 out of 10
  1. Like a crisp Xerox of the band's multiplatinum Break the Cycle, with everything sounding bigger, brighter and tighter.
  2. Those who connect with Staind will likely find this more consistently satisfying than Break the Cycle.
  3. 60
    14 Shades is nominally heavier than the group's two previous albums, though the band tempers its harsher instincts to let Lewis ruminate unmolested. [Aug 2003, p.132]
  4. Not memorable enough to be bad, not heavy enough to pack visceral power, most of these songs–even radio-friendly ringers like "So Far Away"–are indistinguishable from the work of a hundred other bands with misspelled names, hotshot producers, plentiful tattoos, and optional silly facial hair.
  5. Part of the problem is the thoroughly unimaginative production, a procession of soft-loud modern-rock cliches that breaks up the ho-hum guitar bashing with acoustic interludes and strings.
  6. Another dollop of rock sludge with a remarkably honest title. [Aug 2003, p.115]
  7. Since when is pairing Jewel's poetry outtakes with modern-rock riffs groundbreaking? [Aug 2003, p.102]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 30 out of 42
  2. Negative: 8 out of 42
  1. StaindRules
    Nov 7, 2004
    10
    The only album that can top this is Break the Cycle...oh, also by Staind. These fucking critics obviosly are shallow and have no ability to relate to anything deeper than "hot for teacher" snort another line rock. Expand
  2. SalmanH
    Apr 26, 2005
    10
    Its underrated
  3. DustinK
    Jun 25, 2006
    10
    I hate how people say that a band is horrible and has no idea what music says. I hate death metal and rock, but just because i don't like them I don't say they lack tallent and that they suck. All it is, is a matter of opinion. If you don't like an albulm fine mention, but dont talk crap about them. I think its a great albulm. Riffs are good and so is lyrics as always. Not everyone is the same though so don't disrespect a bands music just b/c you dont like the style. Great albulm guys, not displeased w/ it at all. Expand
  4. KaluN
    Aug 4, 2003
    9
    This CD apes my tang to pieces. its awesome and i cant stop playing "Price to Play" or "Zoe Jane"
  5. NG
    Jun 25, 2003
    8
    If you liked their last cd, you will surely like this one, cause it's better.
  6. JamesO
    Sep 25, 2006
    7
    Stainds got 3 albums, this is the worst, but is still a good album, the critics clearly have a lack for any enthuasm with involving themsleves in the lyrics. Staind have a great vocalist, and there guitarists are great aswell. This album is not great, but it's not bad. Get Chapter V - You'll be impressed ;) Expand
  7. joey5beat
    Jan 19, 2004
    0
    is this a joke? do these other people really think this is good music? maybe cliches are much better the 15th time around for some. but for me, utter poop + 1. once again my formula: corn ball, trite lyrics + unimaginative instumentation (soft verses "loud", lame choruses are not the only way to make pop music) + bad musicians + completely uninteresting = shi-ite. Expand

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