For almost a decade, Staind have been staunch post-grunge loyalists, carrying the banner of mid-tempo songs in minor keys with sullen vocals singing depressing lyrics. On "The Illusion Of Progress" the band does very little to alter this formula. Any why should they-it works!
When Staind stray slightly from the greyness of their normal gloomy tidings they are skillful pop baladeers, and there are a few moments like this on the new disc. Most of the album finds the band remaining where it is comfortable, which is not necessarily a bad thing. A solid effort that should please fans of the band.