Chapter V

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  • Summary: The band's fifth album was produced by David Bottrill (Tool).
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  1. Positive: 1 out of 10
  2. Negative: 2 out of 10
  1. Their self-seriousness comes with a melodic tenderness that's rare in the genre. [12 Aug 2005, p.77]
  2. The mostly mid-tempo songs plod along, usually turning to a screeching lead guitar over chunky chording to differentiate the choruses.
  3. 60
    The real problem is sounding like Alice In Chains; afloat without a genre, the gang too often turn their emotional intelligence to making kinda dark, vaguely artistic middle metal. [Sep 2005, p.138]
  4. Overall there's just too much bland corporate sludge rock here to make any geniune lasting impression.
  5. It's when Staind crank down the sludge and slacken the tempos that things get heavy in a bad way. [11 Aug 2005, p.72]
  6. Beyond a few faster songs ("Paper Jesus," "Falling"), the album gets lost in its own blandness. [13 Aug 2005]
  7. More over-produced introspection. [6 Aug 2005, p.56]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 31 out of 47
  2. Negative: 15 out of 47
  1. iamgodb
    Oct 10, 2005
    10
    fuck yall, staind is the shit
  2. hiper
    Jun 16, 2006
    10
    this is the best 2005 album: reply is an present for the fans in every side of world
  3. shinedown
    Dec 19, 2006
    10
    best staind cd to date...the ppl who said that they have no talent and bad vocals are just plain retarded..aaron lewis is the best singer best staind cd to date...the ppl who said that they have no talent and bad vocals are just plain retarded..aaron lewis is the best singer along with brent smith and the whole band are good with their instruments Expand
  4. LukasR
    Dec 15, 2006
    7
    Some songs have been used to show a very strong image, which may be the downfall in them, making them over powered, while other songs ahieve Some songs have been used to show a very strong image, which may be the downfall in them, making them over powered, while other songs ahieve brilliance, thus i will give a 7, since there is great music on this album to be heared. Expand
  5. AdamD
    Jan 5, 2006
    6
    eh, ive heard better (no not franz ferdinan and stuff like that), but deffinatley not bad. i really liked Everything Changes and eh, ive heard better (no not franz ferdinan and stuff like that), but deffinatley not bad. i really liked Everything Changes and Falling....but Paper Jesus was absolutly horrible. Expand
  6. Matt
    Aug 15, 2005
    2
    Their music was never good in the first place, and now it also sounds dated.
  7. DevinB
    Aug 14, 2005
    0
    It's not just "critics" who have it in for awful angst-rock shlock like Staind, it's people with working brains and ears. I enjoy a It's not just "critics" who have it in for awful angst-rock shlock like Staind, it's people with working brains and ears. I enjoy a wide spectrum of music, including a lot of really heavy music and difficult listening, but there is nothing to appreciate about "Chapter V," just as there was no value to this travesty-of-a-band's back catalog. Staind merely rehashes tired 4-chord progressions with little riffing or interplay between the instruments, making sure to pitch-correct vocals and homogenize guitars wherever possible. Any "rawness" might offend the sort of delicate, pathetically generic tastes of their fanbase. This is the soundtrack to brainless frat parties and high-school longing, music for lazy, bigoted 17 year-olds who wear backwards caps and think quoting Dave Chapelle is the funniest thing ever. Avoid at all costs if you have any self-respect. Expand

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