Staind is the eponymous seventh and the most recent studio album by American rock band Staind, released on September 13, 2011. The album marks the return to Staind's more aggressive heavier sound that was predominant on their first three albums. The album also returns the guitar solos of Staind's first album Tormented. It is the band's final studio album to feature the full original lineup, as drummer Jon Wysocki left the band after the recording sessions in May 2011. Rapper Snoop Dogg appears on the remix of the song "Wannabe", which appears as a Japanese bonus track.

Studio album by
ReleasedSeptember 13, 2011
Staind chronology
The Illusion of Progress
Singles from Staind
  1. "Not Again"
    Released: July 19, 2011
  2. "Eyes Wide Open"
    Released: November 29, 2011
  3. "Now"
    Released: April 23, 2012
  4. "Something to Remind You"
    Released: October 9, 2012

Background and recordingEdit

The making of Staind was a stressful experience for the group.[1] As lead singer Aaron Lewis stated, "By the end of the first month we weren't even recording in the same places anymore."[1]

A number of factors created some dissension within the group during recording. Despite the deadline on the album's completion approaching, with the album less than half finished, Lewis continued to do solo gigs to promote his solo album Town Line much to the other band members' discontent. In addition Lewis' working relationship with drummer Jon Wysocki broke down completely. Wysocki's departure from the group was announced on their website in May 2011.[2]

Many songs were released before the album's official release date. The lead single, "Not Again", was made available as a streaming video on the band's official website on July 12, 2011. It was released to radio stations on July 19, 2011. "The Bottom" was released on the Transformers: Dark of the Moon soundtrack. Additionally, "Eyes Wide Open" was released on June 30, and the song "Paper Wings" was released on August 8.

The official music video for "Not Again" premiered August 30, 2011. The single topped the Mainstream Rock Songs chart for seven non-consecutive weeks, and peaked at No. 4 on the Rock Songs chart and No. 14 on the Alternative Songs chart. The second single was confirmed as "Eyes Wide Open". "Something to Remind You", despite not being a single, peaked at No. 19 on the Bubbling Under Hot 100, due to digital downloads. It would be released as the fourth single later on.

On September 15 Staind played a benefit concert for the September 11 victims and presented the new album.[3] Eight of the ten total songs were performed, excluding "Take a Breath" and "Now".


The band views the album as a return to the more aggressive sound heard on earlier albums such as Dysfunction and Tormented.[4] Mike Mushok said "It's like Dysfunction 2011. The music goes back to where we started, but there's still melody. We were ready to make an album that was heavy from beginning to end. It was time."[4] Bassist Johnny April said "There's a deeper anger to the vocals and music. Some of the riffs Mike came up with were challenging and incredibly different. We've grown so much, and at the same time managed to find out way back to our roots."[4]


Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Review scores
[&].com     [14]     [7]
Allmusic     [6]
Artist Direct     [8]
Consequence of Sound     [9]
PopMatters          [10]
Rolling Stone     [11]

The album debuted at number 5 on the Billboard 200, with first sales week of 47,000 copies, making the fifth consecutive top-five album for the band.[15] As of November 19, it has sold over 100,000 copies.

The album received a score of 55 out of 100 from Metacritic based on "mixed or average reviews",[5] with some critics, including IGN (which gave it a score of 7.5 out of 10), calling it Staind's most mature and balanced release to date and praising the band for returning to their heavier, metal roots.[16]

Track listingEdit

All lyrics are written by Aaron Lewis; all music is composed by Staind.

1."Eyes Wide Open"3:30
2."Not Again"4:34
5."Throw It All Away"4:24
6."Take a Breath"3:56
7."The Bottom"4:15
9."Paper Wings"4:23
10."Something to Remind You"4:07
Total length:42:08


  • Kevin Curry is the guitar solo contest winner.
  • Snoop Dogg is featured on the remix bonus track of "Wannabe" on the Japanese edition of Staind.
  • The live versions of "Spleen" and "For You" come with the iTunes deluxe edition only.



  • Aaron Lewis – lead vocals, rhythm guitar
  • Mike Mushok – lead guitar
  • Johnny April – bass
  • Jon Wysocki – drums



  1. ^ a b Ryan. "Staind's Stressful Seventh Album". Alternative Addiction. Sept. 29, 2011.
  2. ^ Chad. "Staind Drummer Leaves Band". Alternative Addiction. May 20, 2011.[unreliable source?]
  3. ^ Chad. "Staind to Play 9/11 Benefit Show". Alternative Addiction. Sept. 11, 2011.[unreliable source?]
  4. ^ a b c "Staind: The Story".
  5. ^ a b "Critic Reviews for Staind". Metacritic. Retrieved September 29, 2012.
  6. ^ Allmusic Review
  7. ^ Tim Grierson. "Staind - Staind Review". Entertainment. Archived from the original on 2011-10-16. Retrieved 2011-09-20.
  8. ^ "Staind – "Staind" Review 5 out of 5 stars". ARTISTdirect.
  9. ^ "Staind – Staind - Album Reviews - Consequence of Sound". Consequence of Sound.
  10. ^ "Staind". PopMatters.
  11. ^ Stacey Anderson (28 September 2011). "Staind". Rolling Stone.
  12. ^ "SPIN". Spin.
  13. ^ UltimateGuitar Review
  14. ^ Davis, Kyzer. "Staind - Staind". Bracket and Bracket. Retrieved May 6, 2011.
  15. ^ Caulfield, Keith. "Lady Antebellum 'Own' the Billboard 200 with Second No. 1 Album". Sept 21, 2011.
  16. ^ Chad Grischow (14 September 2011). "Staind: Staind Review". IGN.