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  • Summary: This is the sophomore major-label release for the New England alt-metal band.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 9
  2. Negative: 1 out of 9
  1. Set to a backdrop that brings to mind Creed, Pearl Jam and Tool but still uniquely stands on its own, the album tackles subjects of suicide and basic alienation with relative control and directness.
  2. At first glance, Staind may look like a Korn tribute band. But within the first few seconds of Break the Cycle, they let loose enough Mothra-heavy riffs to prove they can rock circles around peers such as Limp Bizkit and fellow Bostonians Godsmack.
  3. With Lewis' weighty, tuneful voice and Mike Mushok's meaty, anthemic guitar, Staind recall the Soundgarden/Alice in Chains era of early-'90s rock. Free of phony posturing, DJ scratching and over-reliance on vapid thrash riffs, they're almost like an alternative version of today's mainstream metal.
  4. 60
    Pedestrian? Sure. But in '01, it's doubtful you'll find a more apt soundtrack to a summer of skyrocketing gas prices and stock market tumblings.
  5. 60
    Unfortunately, the production smoothes down the band's sharp edges to an overly polished finish. [Jun/Jul 2001, p.116]
  6. 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.
  7. 'Break The Cycle' is nu-metal as envisaged by Tipper Gore - 14 tracks of parent-friendly grunge-flavoured soft rock that make Creed sound like GG Allin.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 21
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 21
  3. Negative: 3 out of 21
  1. JamesP.
    Oct 11, 2002
    10
    I thought this album rocked because I can totaly relate to what they write about in there music,and if they come out with another album anything like this one,I will have it. Expand
  2. robertm
    Jul 18, 2003
    10
    this is their greatest cd
  3. JacobS
    Apr 14, 2005
    10
    Orpheus11 is a dushbag, he probably listens to Usher
  4. v
    Aug 17, 2006
    10
    one of da best albums, i own!
  5. JasmineT
    Jan 31, 2005
    10
    this music was somthing i realy could relate to , there's no song that i couldn't say that there is one song i don't like , they are all exalent like my feelings were written down for me , the music in every way is exeptionaly brilliont there is no critisism i could say for this band , Stained u rule never give it up . Expand
  6. leticiaf
    Jun 1, 2007
    9
    well.. this album is very good and its songs like safe place,epiphany,outside give me all the pice that i nedd to carry on! i gave it a 9 cause i think that chapter v is better. and fuck u orpheus11 you mind suck. Expand
  7. jj
    Aug 31, 2002
    0
    a dull piece of garbage. That lead singer is fat, ugly, and annoying

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