Staind Returns to Atlantic City at the Tropicana Showroom November 8th, 2014
Like it or not, Staind’s musical legacy will be their ability to make acoustic ballads palatable to a mainstream rock audience. The Singles isn’t something you’d put on when you feel like rattling your apartment windows, but it’s a consistently tuneful survey of Staind’s emotional high points. Angrier tracks like “Mudshovel” also make the cut, but this best-of is largely a showcase for lead singer Aaron Lewis’s pained vocals, allowing him plenty of space to present his tortured psyche over pretty melodies.
On September 13, 2011, the band released their seventh album, which was self-titled. Staind was seen as a way for the group to regain their rock edge after years of cultivating chart success thanks to ballads. Their 2011 album also saw the exit of longtime drummer Jon Wysocki, who jumped ship after the record’s completion.