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14 Shades of Grey

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This middling disc proves Staind haven’t grown beyond the cliches of not-so-nu metal: hand-me-down grunge, mush-headed angst, and cramped verses that invariably lead to cathartic choruses. But “Could It Be,” the CD’s best track, is melodic and melancholy, while “Layne” is a sweet homage to Alice in Chains. Overall, though, the tedious MOR power ballads can’t seem to get out of low gear.