Breaking Benjamin
We Are Not Alone


4.5
superb

Review

by thejon93rd USER (28 Reviews)
September 1st, 2010 | 34 replies


Release Date: 2004 | Tracklist

Review Summary: We Are Not Alone is a solid effort from Breaking Benjamin. As an album, it's sturdy and consistently paced; featuring themes that pop a spark in your imagination. The band's best offering thus far in their career.

Welcome to the very first album I've ever listened to from Breaking Benjamin. Having heard a plethora of positive feedback from fellow human-beings across land and the interwebs, I decided to give a crack at what I thought (at the time of purchasing it) was their debut CD (which is actually "Saturate"; which quite possibly holds my favourite song from Breaking Benjamin, entitled "Natural Life"). Let me just say that listening to the entire collection of songs was the easiest task I've ever accomplished.

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1) "So Cold"
Enter track 1 on "We Are Not Alone" (which was the first Breaking Benjamin song I've ever heard thanks to 'Hellboy'). Here, I discover all of the incredible power-ups the band possess. For one thing, the lead vocalist (Ben Burnley) is one of the most versatile vocalists on the planet. Each song feels different and fresh and Burnley's vocals are constantly shining through the songs. With "So Cold", there's no exception. This is a great intro to an album that's ready to blow your mind.
Rating: 5 out of 5

2) "Simple Design"
Taking a half step down from the 5-star quality of "So Cold", "Simple Design" still shines with Ben's vocals and the slickly-written lyrics. I'm "meh" about the opening seconds of the track, but when it's over... I'm eager for more.
Rating: 4.5 out of 5

3) "Follow"
Say hello to another 5-star track! "Follow" opens strong and the song weaves you around like a spiral with it's continuously-engaging lyrics ("I walk straight down. As far as I can go!..." Love it.) and Ben's emotionally-packed vocals. I love it! More, baby!
Rating: 5 out of 5

4) "Firefly"
Here's the second song I discovered from Breaking Benjamin and I actually discovered it in a 'WWE' videogame for the PS2. Weird, eh? Anyhow, a lot of people seem to rank this song high on their Top 5 lists for Breaking Benjamin songs. While I certainly do see the appeal of this track, I do think that it's a tad little over-rated in comparison to various other songs from Breaking Benjamin altogether and on this CD alone, even. I dig it, but not so heavily as some upcoming songs on this album.
Rating: 4.5 out of 5

5) "Break My Fall"
This song's weird to my ears, but I dig it's oddness. Once again, Burnley's vocal abilities drive the piece and make it something most definitely worth listening to. I love the line "I am losing you again"; whenever the song starts to fade in the middle, this line always reels me back in.
Rating: 4 out of 5

6) "Forget It"
Holy wow... By far, this is the very best song I've heard from Breaking Benjamin; on and off this album. I keep mentioning the lyrics and Burnley's vocals, but darn I just can't help myself! This is the lightest song on the CD (next to or above "Rain"). I love the way it opens, and I love it all the way through the end. "It's a crime. You let it. Happen to me. Nevermind. I let it. Happen to you. I don't mind. Forget it. There's nothing to lose. But my mind and all the things I wanted..." The lyrics truly stick with you on this song and never let go as Ben continuously reels you in with his vocal-magic... Wow. I love this song, man.
Rating: 5 out of 5

7) "Sooner or Later"
Coming off the pure heart of "Forget It", here is the energy. Yet again, the lyrics stick with you; with the music itself only building in intensity. The song also spawned a pretty generic music video (same with "So Cold", which was also generic, but was saved by Ben Burnley's facial expressions) with the band looking as cool as hell.
Rating: 4.5 out of 5

8) "Breakdown"
Here's where the album starts to do a little-mini downturn. This is my least favourite track on the CD. The lyrics are easily forgettable and the song is easily skippable on a playlist. I like the trickery played at the beginning. Made me think it was gonna be another "Forget It", but then came "BREAKDOWN!!!". The track is still good, but that seems to me to be a ridiculous statement to make in recalling the past titles. But, hey. At least it's still good.
Rating: 3 out of 5

9) "Away"
I was a little worried during the opening lyrics of this song that this would be a boring one, but then came "I see you!..." and, from then on, the song grips back hold of me. 2:40 is where the song really catches my attention, with the entire band being a little more creative in their playing along with Ben. Catchy chorus. I like this one.
Rating: 4 out of 5

10) "Believe"
Pretty average song. In my eyes (or ears), it tries a wee little TOO hard to be an explosive climax to this CD that it feels devoid of the emotion driving the past songs, including the finale.
Rating: 2.5 out of 5

11) "Rain"
Always remember the word "simple" when it comes to me. I freakin' love this song. The guitar strums perfectly and beautifully alongside Burnley's awesome vocals. Plus, the water effects in the background add a whole lot of extra atmosphere. Try taking a long night-time walk while listening to this CD. Ending on "Rain" is absolutely perfect, leaving your mind thinking that song is continuing on while it was long over a moment ago.
Rating: 5 out of 5

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What a terrific CD. Seriously. This is one of the very best CDs I've heard in quite a while. While 2 of the 11 tracks are average, 9 of the 11 tracks are above great. Once again, this is truly one of the best CDs I've heard in quite sometime and is (most definitely) my favourite Breaking Benjamin album by far. I can only hope that when the fifth arrives, the band members individually, and as a whole, can be a little more creative and crafty with each of their songs, as opposed to being so lyrically/vocally focused.

Download-Worthy Tracks:
1) "Forget It"
2) "Rain"
3) "So Cold"
4) "Follow"
5) "Sooner or Later"



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Counterfeit
September 1st 2010


17819 Comments


ok.

tiesthatbind
September 1st 2010


7378 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

You need to wait for your other reviews to get off the front page before submitting another one, so you aren't knocking other people's reviews off the front page.

Decent review, but try to stay away from track-by-tracks in the future.

Digging: Poets of the Fall - Signs of Life

SowingSeason
Staff Reviewer
September 1st 2010


16465 Comments


usually on this site we focus on reviews that summarize the entire album, be it through the analysis of stengths and weaknesses, or general observations. as a rule of thumb, try to avoid reviewing albums track-by-track

what you wrote in the review wasn't bad, just cut out the personal opinions, change the format, and maybe take a few suggestions from this list:

http://www.sputnikmusic.com/list.php?memberid=276983&listid=50685

or ignore me completely and do your own thing, either way could lead to success

Digging: Zella Day - Zella Day

tiesthatbind
September 1st 2010


7378 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

^That list should seriously just pop up when a user tries to submit his first review.

SowingSeason
Staff Reviewer
September 1st 2010


16465 Comments


there's nothing wrong with your review, it just appears amateur-ish compared to a structured, paragraph by paragraph review.

on another note, i love the songs "so cold", "forget it", and "rain"...i should probably up my rating to a 3 at least

tiesthatbind
September 1st 2010


7378 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Track-by-track reviews are often boring to read and can grow tedious. A review that summarizes the overall sound of the album while using tracks as examples of positive or negative qualities is much more enjoyable to read. This isn't a bad review, though, especially for a new reviewer.

@Sowing: Bump it, man!

SowingSeason
Staff Reviewer
September 1st 2010


16465 Comments


you know what i like your attitude. im gonna pos' the review because it honestly isn't half bad for someone just starting out.

@ties: looky at my new rating! something tells me i may even 3.5 it in the future...i've also been considering 4'ing Blackbird.

Man all these point bumps, am I becoming too soft?

tiesthatbind
September 1st 2010


7378 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Don't worry man, my first was track-by-track as well. You get better with time and more reviews.

tiesthatbind
September 1st 2010


7378 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

@ties: looky at my new rating! something tells me i may even 3.5 it in the future...i've also been considering 4'ing Blackbird.

Man all these point bumps, am I becoming too soft?


NO.

SowingSeason
Staff Reviewer
September 1st 2010


16465 Comments


"Follow" opens strong and the song weaves you around like a spiral with it's continuously-engaging lyrics

TOO hard to be an explosive climax to this CD that it feels devoid of the emotion driving the past songs

The guitar strums perfectly and beautifully alongside Burnley's awesome vocals. Plus, the water effects in the background add a whole lot of extra atmosphere.

descriptions like these will be your friend in future reviews...they describe what is going on in the songs in a way that allows the listener to get an idea of whether or not they'd like it...besides you just simply stating so with an opinion

sorry to keep going on but i just wanted to point out the parts I thought were written well

tiesthatbind
September 1st 2010


7378 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Seeing this review reminds me that I've planned to review this, Saturate, and Phobia for a while now.

SowingSeason
Staff Reviewer
September 1st 2010


16465 Comments


are you ever going to review the sound of madness so it will get flagged over that eye sore of a review of mine? also, when you do this, i think you should make the tagline something about the sound of madness being beautiful.

tiesthatbind
September 1st 2010


7378 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Yeah, I need to finish it up. I keep getting sidetracked. But to be fair, writing a 5 star review isn't easy, especially when I know I'll get some crap for doing it for that album.

SowingSeason
Staff Reviewer
September 1st 2010


16465 Comments


true. i know how you feel i have been working on a 5 star review for a jack's mannequin album. i feel that will be the end all of my sputnik credibility

Counterfeit
September 1st 2010


17819 Comments


you're 5ing that? NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

tiesthatbind
September 1st 2010


7378 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

^My point proven.

Counterfeit
September 1st 2010


17819 Comments


y/w

SowingSeason
Staff Reviewer
September 1st 2010


16465 Comments


shinedown or gtfo

Counterfeit
September 1st 2010


17819 Comments


eww no

tiesthatbind
September 1st 2010


7378 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Haters gonna hate.



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