The Illusion Of Progress Image
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  • Summary: Staind returns with its sixth album, produced by Johnny K.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 8
  2. Negative: 1 out of 8
  1. Most of all, the music packs as much punch as ever--and more variety, as Staind sometimes departs from its rock-metal power ballads for tunes that suggest Pink Floyd and even Brit band Oasis in the chiming-guitar pop of 'All I Want.'
  2. Lewis and Staind sound as though they have emerged from a long, dark tunnel, and that kind of progress is more than just an illusion.
  3. The title of Staind's sixth album is a bit of a misnomer, but there are a few new stylistic directions here.
  4. One formula replaces another and another.
  5. Most of the time, though, the band sticks to its comfort zone, with songs that proceed through a sequence of genre clich├ęs as Lewis howls out woe-is-me's and lists of grievances.
  6. This solid--if unspectacular--sixth managed a very respectable Number 3 (on the Billboard charts). [Nov 2008, p.107]
  7. 20
    Their sixth album is an unlovely cocktail of faux-Cobain grunting, downtuned guitars and self-pity. [Nov 2008, p.119]

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