The remainder of the band complements the vocals with ominous instrumentals and dense, electronic sound. An acoustic guitar makes its appearance in only two songs, "Devil" and "Everything Changes," which are easily the best tracks on "Chapter V."
Although this album is not altogether horrible, it sounds like all past Staind albums. I would not say that this is an album to remember.
I looked around the aisles for other new releases in various genres of music, and one name caught my eye.
Natasha Bedingfield just released "Unwritten," her American debut album, two weeks ago. If her last name rings a bell, it's perhaps because her brother is the well-known Daniel Bedingfield. (Does the song "If You're Not the One" sound familiar?)
Natasha Bedingfield has made a mark at the top of the charts in the United Kingdom and has struck gold here as well. Her single, "These Words (I Love You, I Love You)," has been playing on radio stations recently.
But the remaining songs on her album by far surpass the aforementioned single.
Bedingfield's music is R&B meets electro-pop; her classic, melodic voice shines through. This is a truly brilliant and catchy album, perfect to accompany a run or a long summer drive, the kind of music you can sing along to with your windows down.
The album has an excellent track list, with songs that are written by Bedingfield herself. Her lyrics are lighthearted and amusing. In her song "These Words," Bedingfield sings "Threw some chords together/ the combination D, E, F/ it's who I am/ It's what I do - But I feel so ADD."
She uses her music to express her ADD mood. You can hear the beating drums, the striking guitar, the choirs, elegant pianos and other instruments.
I most definitely recommend this album for anyone who is in the mood to listen to upbeat and catchy tunes, the opposite of Staind's latest.