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Staind, ‘Staind’ (Atlantic)

By: Mikael Wood // September 14, 2011

Staind frontman Aaron Lewis spent the three years since these nü-metal bellowers’ last album successfully pursuing a solo country career à la Darius Rucker of Hootie and the Blowfish. You don’t really hear that stylistic growth, though, on this slab of down-tuned chug-and-glug, which finds the band returning to the grim recriminations of early tunes like “Mudshovel” and “Suffocate.” The exception? Closing track “Something to Remind You,” a disarmingly gorgeous doom-folk ballad that awaits its Jamey Johnson cover.