Breaking Benjamin
Saturate


4.0
excellent

Review

by B R A N D O N S C O T T USER (103 Reviews)
June 1st, 2010 | 63 replies


Release Date: 2002 | Tracklist

Review Summary: I feel like a kid again

Chances are you've heard of Breaking Benjamin; formed in 1998 this Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania alternative metal troupe has experienced a staggering amount of success in the last six years. First propelled into the mainstream thanks to the hit single "So Cold" off 2004's We Are Not Alone, Breaking Benjamin has seen a lasting success, no doubt thanks to the continued delivery of high quality of mainstream rock/metal exhibited on follow up albums Phobia and Dear Agony. However, before hitting the big time, few seem to remember Breaking Benjamin's quality debut Saturate, that doesn't exactly match up to the bands later works, yet sets in place a solid structure for the band to build off of.

Without a doubt, Saturate takes the place as heaviest effort in Breaking Benjamin's discography. While the band has certainly exhibited rare traces of nu metal with their later efforts, Saturate is absolutely brimming with the genres influence, from the downtuned syncopation of raging album opener "Wish I May" to "Sugarcoat" where the band forsakes the usual sing along chorus for Benjamin Burnley's fiercely screamed bark. Although slightly overbearing at times ("Skin", "Water") even at this earlier stage, Burnley proved himself one of alternative metal's better vocalists, with his aggressive yet soaring voice perfectly fitting with songs such as the upbeat single "Polyamorous" and album closer "Shallow Bay". "Medicate" in particular reveals a more alluring, sweet side of Burnley's voice where his lightened tone creates one of album's best moments. Demonstrating a nice sense of balance, the band is keen on not only providing outrageously heavy tracks, but also throwing in some key power ballads where once again the swooning voice of Burnley thrives, assisted by orchestral arrangements ("No Games") and serene acoustic strumming ("Next To Nothing"). Although most tracks on Saturate are completely enjoyable, as with any record, there is always that song or two that stands above the rest. Although the first half of song "Home" is deceivingly atypical for the record, the song really blossoms during its second half, where the song explodes to feature an extremely catchy chorus, raging with acoustic/electric guitars alike as well as Burnley's most emotive performance on the album. Despite the fact that Breaking Benjamin's identity isn't as pronounced as it comes to be on later albums, it does not change the fact that Saturate still remains to be one of the better mainstream rock efforts released in the past decade.



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TheSpirit
June 1st 2010


17883 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Bet you didn't see this one coming. Back in the day I was a huge BB fanboy and recently I've been listening to them quite a bit. This has always been my second favorite album, despite the fact that it fairly inconsistent when compared to later efforts. Anyways, this was one of the first albums I ever bought so its very special for me, which kind of explains the high rating.

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bloc
June 1st 2010


34872 Comments


Sup Ties

jingledeath
June 1st 2010


7104 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

This was quite a surprise. I used to be a big BB fanboy as well, good review man.

SCREAM!
June 1st 2010


10140 Comments


WHerez the bm?

TheSpirit
June 1st 2010


17883 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

@Jingle- thank you very much

@Scream- idk, it was here a second ago

SCREAM!
June 1st 2010


10140 Comments


damn it, its probably hiding in the fuzz over thar

TheSpirit
June 1st 2010


17883 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

yeah i can faintly hear some blast beatin

AnotherBrick
June 1st 2010


9770 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

nice. used to be my favorite band

Emim
June 1st 2010


26625 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

I feel like a kid again


Said the pedophile after being released from prison.

SCREAM!
June 1st 2010


10140 Comments


@spirit that must be some of the thickest "atmosphere" ive ever seen

TheSpirit
June 1st 2010


17883 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks Anotherbrick.


Said the pedophile after being released from prison.


I swear she said she was 18.

that must be some of the thickest "atmosphere" ive ever seen


It's thicker than thickest. It's dense



porch
June 1st 2010


8460 Comments


Ugh, this band

Good review.

Brave review



buckfutter
June 1st 2010


2164 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Gotta check that ID, dude

TheSpirit
June 1st 2010


17883 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Haha thanks Porchular. I might get some flak, but its good go back to your roots every so often.



lol, buckfutter,that was pretty good

SCREAM!
June 1st 2010


10140 Comments


Pfft brave, if he gets attacked he can go hide behind the wall of atmosphere that follows him everywhere

TheSpirit
June 1st 2010


17883 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

i can't i think i might be...claustrophobic

cvlts
June 1st 2010


8960 Comments


Yeah, for some reason I still love this band. Phobia is my shit yo.

good review. surprising lol

TheSpirit
June 1st 2010


17883 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

haha thanks man

buckfutter
June 1st 2010


2164 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

I just never got the appeal of this album. Great review, though dude. Have a pos

TheSpirit
June 1st 2010


17883 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks man appreciated



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