Break the Cycle
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This album released in 2001 is Staind's most phenomenal album to date, selling more than 4 million copies worldwide. After its May release, it clinched the #1 spot in Billboard’s top 200 albums in June 2001.
Break the Cycle is Staind’s second album under Flip/Elektra, officially released on May 8, 2006. It is entitled such because it refers to the family issues of the band’s lyricist and vocalist, Aaron Lewis. It reflects Lewis’ emotions put into writing. The softness of the majority of the tracks sets them apart from other alternative/rock bands. Breaking the Cycle's singles like For You, Fade, & It's Been Awhile are all time favorites. It also includes an alternate version of MTV-endorsed acoustic ballad "Outside,” another chart topper for the band. The tracks range from macho (“Can’t Believe) to mellow (“Outside” and “Epiphany”). It’s definitely an album that can be listened to over and over again.
|1||Open your Eyes||3:52|
|4||It's Been Awhile||4:25|
Awards & Certifications
|2001||Break the Cycle||3x platinum|
|Year||Song||Mainstream Rock||Modern Rock||Billboard Hot 100||Pop 100||Album|
|2002||"Epiphany"||22||28||-||-||Break the Cycle|
|2002||"For You"||3||3||63||-||Break the Cycle|
|2001||"Fade"||3||4||62||-||Break the Cycle|
|2001||"It's Been Awhile"||1||1||5||-||Break the Cycle|
|2001||"Outside"||11||16||-||-||Break the Cycle|
- Staind Primary artist
- Aaron Lewis Lead vocals
- Mike Mushok Lead guitar
- Johnny April Bass guitar
- Jon Wysocki Drums
- Vladimir Meller Mastering
- David Dominguez Engineer
- Jordan Schur Executive producer
- Josh Abraham Producer, Engineer
- Craig Howell Art direction, Illustrations
- The woman in the "It’s Been Awhile" video is actually Aaron Lewis’ wife.
- Lewis penned the track "Waste" after a mother approached him after a show in Detroit, looking for answers as to why her son committed suicide.