Breaking Benjamin
Phobia


4.0
excellent

Review

by Acey USER (43 Reviews)
November 27th, 2006 | 12 replies | 16,523 views


Release Date: 2006 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Good CD, with a few skippable tracks, is different that most mainstream music, while providing a listenable album.

0 of 1 thought this review was well written

This is a rewrite of my old review.

Breaking Benjamin is a group that gets so much hate for being so generic. While I will agree somewhat with the above statement, this album tends to differ in a number of ways. There is actually a lot of originality on this album, and most of it lies within Ben’s lyrics. While they may not be as dark as some nu-metal bands, they do have a melodic and dark feel, as the sound of this album carries the overall effect. You match that with Ben’s lyrics, and you get a pretty damn good CD if you ask me.

Ever since Jeremy Hummel (former drummer) left the band, the drum patterns and parts have become significantly complex, more enjoyable, as Jeremy was starting to bore me on We Are Not Alone, the band’s second CD. They brought in Chad Szeliga, a professional drummer, and he makes a solid debut on this album, and the drumming in The Diary of Jane and Evil Angel show improvement in the band’s and album’s rhythm section.

Aaron Fink has made improvements to his guitar playing, and has more solos in this album, and they are more technical, such as in the songs Had Enough and Here We Are, although the rhythm guitar playing (Ben Burnley, also the singer) is similar throughout most of the songs, the lead guitar and the drums are what make the songs different and enjoyable to listen to.

Mark James Klepaski has done a fairly good job on bass, making it audible on every track, but the bass line tends to hug just a bit too much, although the rhythm he uses differs a bit each time. Not too bad, but not something significant.

I usually don’t do a track by track, but I feel I do better with a TBT, and I am not very good at writing overall reviews at the moment.

Intro – As the guitar makes its way into the album, you are surrounded by plane noises. Ben has stated that he has a fear of flying overseas, and has declared Breaking Benjamin as an American rock band, so it is kind of neat. This is overheard by a soft, yet mysterious lead guitar part. It is really an intro to the next song, and I think you have to hear this before the next song, or you won’t get the mysterious high that this album can produce with the Intro and the first single.

The Diary of Jane – This starts out with a clean, simple guitar part, but is then lead into the chorus by more harmonics that add to the overall mysterious effect. The Drums are the driving part in this song, and the beginning of the song shows this well, and the rest of the song does not let up. At the end it kind of drags on, but not a bad song to begin with. This is the first single of the album.

Breath - This is the second single off of the album, and for some it is more a radio type song, but there aren’t that many of those on this album. The intro is well done by Aaron (guitar), and features him doing some soloing around the rhythm guitar part. The vocals are the high point, though, and Ben’s point is pretty sharp, saying you will be what he/she is, and is talking about a relationship. Not a bad song, but the first single was better.

You – A different song for Breaking Benjamin, as this has a more progressive feel to it. The song title explains the meaning, and the guitar is the melodic and very dark sound in this song. It is well done, and the rest of the instruments aren’t that bad either. This is more lyrically driven, but is led by the instruments throughout the song.

Evil Angel – Another progressive song, but this one is much better, as the drums come in strong, and don’t let up. Both guitar parts rock hard, and the verses are soft, unlike the chorus. The bridge is a bit different, as it is rhythm driven, and much harder than the rest of the song. One of the better ones on the CD.

Until The End – The format of this song is just about the opposite of the last one. It features a loud, and hard rocking verse, and then makes it’s way into a soft chorus, yet followed by a loud bridge. The guitar intro matches its rhythm with the drums and bass, and those two enter nicely. The transition between loud and soft was done nicely, and this song never gets old. It is one of the better songs on the CD.

Dance With The Devil – Probably the most original song on the CD, as the chorus is catchy as hell, and the drum part is amazing throughout the whole song. Aaron does a great solo around the 2:50 mark, and adds to the mysterious effect again. The ending is done well, and features the piano well. Ben’s Lyrics are about us, trying to get rid of the stuff that is bad for us, and it will be better for us. It is one of the best songs on the CD. The ending leads into the next song.

Topless – This song doesn’t really have a meaning to me, but it is fun to rock out to, as it is one of the hardest songs on the CD. It was a live song that Breaking Benjamin would play, and everyone would like it, so they took it into the studio and fixed it up a bit, and they came out with a pretty good result. Basic mainstream rock song, but still good, nonetheless.

Here We Are – This song is out of place on the CD, this song is totally generic, excluding the solo that Aaron does. It sounds a lot like Nickelback, but it shows the better side of it. The drums take a soft spot on here, as the bass as well. The guitar is somewhat decent. This song is sort of a let down from the rest of the album.

Unknown Soldier – This is a song through the eyes of a dying soldier, and the guitar intro sounds like it was being played from Avenged Sevenfold, but that changes quickly, but it still is (musically) good. It is also a little different from the overall sound of the album, but can still fit in. It tends to drag on at the end.

Had Enough – This is the angriest song on the album. The lyrics are supposed to be aimed at the bands former drummer (Jeremy Hummel) for the lawsuit that he charged Breaking Benjamin with. This is yet to be proven, but it goes so perfect. This could be about anything, from any type of revenge on anyone. It reminds me of “So Cold” from WANA, but a much better version of it. The band shines perfectly in this song, and it is one of the best on the CD.

You Fight Me - Strange enough, Ben Burnley is a Billy Corgan fan. This song is a bit different from the rest of the album, and the piano throughout adds to the effect, as the guitar and bass do their job as well. The piano is done well. Not one of the best songs, but is still listenable.

Outro – Much like the intro, the soft, yet mysterious guitar part comes in, but this time it is played behind a rhythm part that is well played and timed with the drums. Aaron does his soloing thoughout the song and makes his guitar start screaming at the end. Some voices come in at the end of the song, hence the plane that Ben hates to fly on, has landed, so to speak. It could be a bit longer.

Diary of Jane (piano version) – It is much softer and slower than the regular version, but Ben and Chad do some great singing, and the piano by itself is a magnificent instrument (I’ve played for 13 years, I would know) backed by some soft cello parts.

Overall:
The mysterious sound of this album will always bring me back for more, although there are a few skippable tracks. A great listen for a lot of people

Songs to recommend:
Intro/Diary of Jane
Evil Angel
Until The End
Dance With The Devil
Had Enough



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The Door Mouse
November 27th 2006



2092 Comments


I don't know any of these guys and I don't know if I want to. The review was just royaly mediocre. Found some grammar mistakes but w/e.

Angmar
November 27th 2006



2689 Comments


ok review when i do TBTs i ussually have longer descriptions though. /votes

Acey
November 27th 2006



2578 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

zepdude, they are mainstream, but i think they are above the crop. you might like them, and thanks for the comments (as well as stevo

Acey
November 27th 2006



2578 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

i know, i just wanted to rewrite this one, because the first version was really bad.

Acey
November 27th 2006



2578 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

i know, i just didnt like the way i wrote the other one.

pinelake26
November 28th 2006



123 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

i like this album its prety cool. i like the first album better but this ones ok. i listined to it over and over when i was doing my hw the other day and i think i know all the lyrics. its not a long album its a good album

pinelake26
November 28th 2006



123 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

oh and Acey i belive i like both lol

Acey
November 28th 2006



2578 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

i agree pinelake, but i think this is better than saturate, but both have that same good, hard rock feel that never lets you down

IvortheEngineDriver
February 1st 2007



164 Comments


I wasn't a fan of this album, but I gave it another few listens. It really impressed me. To be honest, I felt the best song off of the album was You. It was really solid all the way around. I love Topless though, mainly because the bridge is really fuckin tight!

Great review, Acey! I wouldn't expect ANY less

Acey
February 1st 2007



2578 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

thanks, i rather enjoy this album

RKO300
January 31st 2009



39 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

pretty good review,and we pretty much think the same thingThis Message Edited On 01.31.09

Asiatic667
January 31st 2009



4647 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Hey I remember this band.
Diary of Jane was a pretty fun song from memory.
I should try this some time



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