Breaking Benjamin
Phobia


3.5
great

Review

by Simon Killip USER (29 Reviews)
March 6th, 2013 | 15 replies


Release Date: 2006 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Phobia falls short in a few areas, but is still a pretty strong album.

Listening back to all four albums, I can say that Saturate and Phobia are the two albums that have stood up fairly well. Despite ‘We Are Not Alone’ having their fan favourite single ‘So Cold’, I definitely find it a pretty weak record.
Musicianship in these types of bands never really get the spotlight, it’s never the focus, it’s all about vocal work. That’s not to say the riffs on offer don’t do the job, they are definitely competent and do what they need to to cater for the vocals.
The most frustrating thing I find -with all of BB’s records for that matter- is the production is pretty poo: bass is near non-existent and drums do little else than hold the song together. But as I said, this type of music isn’t about the music behind it, it’s about the voice fronting it.

And luckily Phobia is a record that stands strong, mainly because Ben’s voice is very consistent throughout: very catchy chorus’. Songs like Dance With The Devil, Breath and Diary of Jane all have very strong, catchy melodies that stick in your head for hours. It’s rare the band touch on the cliché Nickelback style “HEAVY” riffs, but, having said that, even songs like Had Enough, which fall in this style, don’t make you grimace.
Lyrically it’s a personnel affair too as Ben’s main topic of discussion is his drinking problem. Songs like ‘You’ make you really feel what he’s saying.

That’s not to say this is a perfect album though, far from it. There are a couple of songs on here that are easily forgettable and lack any real substance from the vocal side of things, and because the music behind it is keeping vocals in mind, the song suffers because of it. ‘Evil Angel’, while it is a perfectly ok song drags on and quickly becomes mundane and repetitive. ‘Topless’ is another one of their “heavy” songs and is pretty catchy, but lyrics like “I love your face, just get away. I’m on my knees. F*** you, f*** me.” Just don’t cut the mustard anymore and it blunts the edge of the song.

Overall though, it’s still a very enjoyable album for me. While some of the lyrics haven’t held up very well as I’ve got older, the melodies certainly save the day. And a good 80% of the album is still very fun to hear. I really like the guitar work on this album, too.
Of course, as I always say, with bands like Breaking Benjamin, if you don’t like the voice there is little else to find from the band.

Recommended tracks:

Diary of Jane
Breath
Dance With the Devil
You Fight Me



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Comments:Add a Comment 
DillingerEscaped
March 6th 2013


115 Comments


short review but good one

DrGonzo1937
March 6th 2013


6868 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Cheers man. Much appreciated.

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demigod!
March 6th 2013


45267 Comments


anyone remember Snide's review of this? lol

ohh yeah good review man

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DrGonzo1937
March 6th 2013


6868 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I don't. What what did it say? lol

Cheers bud.

demigod!
March 6th 2013


45267 Comments


well first off, it was a 5

and he tried to explain how it had all this deep meaning with the frontman's alcoholism and fears and it was generally just pretentious and reaked of try-hard. barely even talked about the music from what i remember

DrGonzo1937
March 6th 2013


6868 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

A 5 lol.

Nah, the bands not smart enough to have "deep meaning". lol I mainly like these guy's because I really like Ben's voice.

Glad they've split now though, they were showing signs of shit.

demigod!
March 6th 2013


45267 Comments


yeah, dude has great pipes

Azn.
March 6th 2013


5618 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

nice review, but there are a few nitpicky errors/instances of lack of flow

pos'd regardless, it made me laugh twice

Azn.
March 6th 2013


5618 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

"az poss anything thats not a skele review i might point out so take anything this bitch says with a grain of salt"

no you're wrong and stupid
like
clinically so

Azn.
March 6th 2013


5618 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

you're really annoying

everybody hates you

sithlord416
March 6th 2013


76 Comments


Good review. I really hope these guys put out a new album soon.

Gwyn.
March 6th 2013


15325 Comments


anyone remember Snide's review of this? lol

ohh yeah good review man


I was really surprised when I saw that the review wasn't negged to shit

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DrGonzo1937
March 6th 2013


6868 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5


nice review, but there are a few nitpicky errors/instances of lack of flow

Cheers man. Could you give me an example? I'll work on it next time.

Toondude10
March 6th 2013


4448 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

A few punctuation and grammar errors, and I think that you could've talked more about the songs a little bit more, but a nice review overall.

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Cryio
March 6th 2013


97 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Diary of Jane is the only song I can actually remember from this album. I tried hard, but all the other stuff is too bland to make an impression.

The lyrics are ... dirt cheap, chessy, non-sensical afair.



But hey, you wrote a solid review.



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