Sticking to a tried and true formula Staind might have just released the Best hard rock album of 2011. The hallmark instrumental and technical talent of Staind is on display in a way fans may not have heard before. All ten tracks are perfect examples of modern hard rock. The Massachusetts hard rock outfit has never sounded more inspired.
“Eyes Wide Open,” track 2 on the album, is where things really kick off. Johnny April’s dense bass line kicks the song off, add in Mike Mushok’s guitar battery, and singer Aaron Lewis’s unbridled scream what your left with is a powerhouse tune with a chorus that will invade your brain and never leave.
The first single, “Not Again,” eases you into some seriously heavy, chugging guitars with something of a dark bluesy opening. Lewis’s vocal performance is outstanding as always. This arena-ready track will no doubt be a crowd pleaser.
Staind has been a standout band since the release of “Dysfunction” in 1999. Even the band’s radio hits, while not sharing the same intensity as the albums they were a part of, seemed to fit like a glove. The same can be said about the band’s latest release. Honesty and a tradition of superb hard rock albums keep Staind a relevant band to this day.
- Eyes Wide Open
- Not Again
- Throw It All Away
- Take A Breath
- The Bottom
- Paper Wings
- Something To Remind You
September 13, 2011 – Flip/Atlantic
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