The String Quartet Tribute to Staind

The String Quartet Tribute to Staind

by Vitamin String Quartet



Staind outdistanced itself from the nu-metal pack by piggybacking on the emotional roller coaster that is Aaron Lewis. While his vocal presence drifted from agitated to saddened, intimate to in your face, Staind's instrumentation was often average at best. All of which makes The String Quartet Tribute to Staind a surprise, since its instrumental arrangements of material from Dysfunction (1999) and Break the Cycle (2001) ring with emotional shifts and moments of real power. Guided by violin and viola, the mix also includes cello and double bass, but fails with forays into programming and synth that only work on the pleading "Fade." For the most part, however, the musicians have expertly transfused Lewis' dualistic nature -- emotional train wreck to lumbering locomotive -- into their arrangements. "Outside" is fragile, yet it seems to teeter on the edge, as if it were a porcelain figurine about to crash to the floor below. The grinding "Just Go" is almost unrecognizable, reimagined as a halting ballad tinged with hopeful violins. In this case, the chamber musicians have actually made their source material better. The set is essential for any Staind fan, as it offers another window into the emotions making up the band's spiritual center.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/20/2003
Label: Vitamin Records
UPC: 0027297871427
catalogNumber: 8714

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Vitamin String Quartet   Primary Artist
Mathew Cooker   Cello
Richard Dodd   Cello
Tom Tally   Viola
Adrian Rosen   Bass
Roberto Cani   Violin
Woody Pak   Guitar,Keyboards,Baglama
Guenevere Measham   Cello
Alex W. Y. Wong   Cello
Tom Vos   Violin
Richard Adkins   Violin

Technical Credits

Johnny April   Composer
Brian Friedman   Engineer
Aaron Lewis   Composer
A.J. Lewis   Composer
Karrie M. Miller   Graphic Design
Woody Pak   Arranger,Producer,Engineer,drum programming
Jon Wysocki   Composer
Mike Mushok   Composer
David Ari Leon   Arranger,Producer

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