Saturday, February 1, 2014

Song Of The Week: 2/2/14

Song: "Lost Along The Way"

Artist: Staind

Album: "The Illusion Of Progress"

Year: 2008

"Lost Along The Way" is a song that appears to be about pausing to appreciate the moment. Sometimes it seems that times goes by and you fail to appreciate the relationship you have and the love you both share for each other. Sometimes these feelings get lost with time and it's good to take a moment and relive the spark that made the relationship what it was at the beginning. It's a realization to not take your relationship with the person you love for granted. Staind formed as a band back in 1994, hailing from Massachusetts. After spending their early years as a cover band, they finally self-released their debut album, "Tormented", in 1996. After securing an opening slot on a tour with Limp Bizkit, Fred Durst agreed to co-produce their 2nd album, "Dysfunction", which was released through Flip Records in 1999. These two albums featured Staind at their darkest and heaviest. Singles such as "Just Go", "Mudshovel" and "Home" helped "Dysfunction" reach #74 on the Billboard 200 charts. The band landed a spot on the Family Values tour supporting acts such as Limp Bizkit and The Crystal Method. In 2001, Staind dropped "Break The Cycle". Spawning five hit singles, "It's Been Awhile", "Outside", "Fade", "For You" and "Epiphany", this album debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 and sold 716,000 copies in the first week of sales. "Break The Cycle" would ultimately become Staind's highest selling album, selling more the 7 million units world wide. 2003's "14 Shades Of Gray" would also debut at #1. With singles like "Price To Play", "So Far Away", "How About You" and "Zoe Jane", you could see Staind becoming a much more radio friendly band. The hard edges of "Tormented" and "Dysfunction" and even some of the dark material featured on "Break The Cycle" were beginning to fade away in favor of radio friendly power ballads. 2005's "Chapter V" would continue this trend as well. This album would be certified platinum eventually, thanks in part to singles such as "Right Here", "Falling" and "Everything Changes". The band would also embark on their first tour of Australia to support "Chapter V". In 2006, Staind released a greatest hit compilation called "The Singles: 1996-2006". The album featured three bonus live acoustic cover songs, Tool's "Sober", Pink Floyd's "Comfortably Numb" and Alice In Chains' "Nutshell". 2008 saw the band release "The Illusion Of Progress". This album featured the singles "Believe" and "All I Want", the 13th top 20 hit on the rock charts for Staind. It would be three years until Staind released their next album, "Staind". "Staind" was released in 2011 and was really a throwback to the "Dysfunction"/"Tormented" era of the band. The band was intent on making a heavy record and they very much succeeded as you can tell by their lead single "Not Again". In 2012, the band members of Staind decided to go on a short hiatus from writing, recording and touring together. Vocalist Aaron Lewis used this time to re-focus on his emerging folk/country solo career. Currently, the band has confirmed it will get back together to co-headline the Welcome To Rockville Festival in April as well as the Rock On The Range Festival in May. No word yet on if the band has been working on new material and their has been no news of future release dates but the fact they are playing some shows indicates that new material will probably be on the way. Staind plays a form of rock that could be considered heavy, melodic arena rock, perhaps post-grunge. At their beginnings, they were very heavy and dark with hints of metal. By their 4th album, they were a radio friendly rock band along the lines of a Creed or a 3 Doors Down. It was good to see them get back to their roots with their last self-titled album. Hopefully, they continue with that trend in the future.

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