Breaking Benjamin
Breaking Benjamin


3.0
good

Review

by Townsendium USER (10 Reviews)
July 18th, 2013 | 33 replies


Release Date: 2001 | Tracklist

Review Summary: It's like a sandwich, beginning and last two tracks are great, but the filler has gone stale

I am a huge fan of Breaking Benjamin, as most people will have noticed from my fanboy attitude on my review of Saturate (a review that didn't go down well at all). I have all their albums on CD, all aside from their EP, simply because its impossible to find if you're from the UK. So I'm reviewing an album I had to download from an MP3 site (don't shoot me).

I really enjoy these early versions of Home, Water and Shallow Bay. I don't enjoy the earlier versions of Polyamorous or Medicate. Home is hard hitting, heavy and grinding. Bens voice sounds amazing on it, albeit a but gritty due to the lack of decent recording software. After the album opened with this, I was almost sure the rest would be just as good. I was wrong. Medicate is just bad here. It sounds like it was made using a Casio keyboard other than a guitar. Bens voice is hard to distinguish here, amongst all the noise. Of course that is most likely down to the bad recording software, but still.

Polyamorous is not as bad as Medicate here, but its still pretty bad. It just sounds so half hearted and soft, so much so it could quite easily be a roughed up acoustic. Bens singing here however is wonderful. He hits every note, and his voice is more rough and angry than on the remastered version on Saturate. Water and Shallow Bay are both awesome tracks here. Water is brilliant with its shouting chorus and chunky heavy guitar rhythm, and Shallow bay is as good as it is on Saturate.

All in all its a good EP. Breaking Benjamin have certainly gone on to do better albums, far better ones, but for an EP, this is a great effort. It's not perfect but its not awful. It sticks your head underwater but doesn't let you drown (yuck why'd I type that). Breaking Benjamin fans will enjoy this album greatly, fans of the post-grunge genre will find a few good songs but won't say "OMG THIS IS AMAZING". Good luck getting your hands on it however, its very hard to find these days



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ChopSuey
July 18th 2013


2392 Comments


sandwiches suck

DrGonzo1937
July 18th 2013


6060 Comments


I can pretty much predict this review won't go down well, either. The first paragraph is completely redundant.

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ashcrash9
July 18th 2013


391 Comments


"So I'm reviewing an album I had to download from an MP3 site (don't shoot me)."

lol'd

DrGonzo1937
July 18th 2013


6060 Comments


The review is a lot better than that wall of words that was Saturate, though. So I'll give it a pos. Keep at it!

Townsendium
July 18th 2013


51 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Thanks

Toondude10
July 18th 2013


4164 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Finally, someone on here that actually likes BB

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Crymsonblaze
July 18th 2013


7496 Comments


i hate old lunchmeat but i love fresh bread

what's a boy to do

ConcubinaryCode
July 18th 2013


2161 Comments


"sandwiches suck"

dude, fuck you...

ChopSuey
July 18th 2013


2392 Comments


fuck you too bitch-ass mother fucker

joshieboy12345
July 19th 2013


5371 Comments


Sandwiches rule ok.

SowingSeason
Staff Reviewer
July 19th 2013


16571 Comments


"It's like a sandwich, beginning and last two tracks are great, but the filler has gone stale"

What kind of sandwiches do you eat? How does the filler go stale, wouldn't that be the bread? Lunch meat etc. goes bad, but not stale.

I'm so confused!!!!!!!

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Townsendium
July 19th 2013


51 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Sowing Season, its not a literal sandwich, clam down

BillTheButcher
July 19th 2013


289 Comments


clam down, its glice to meet you.

Crymsonblaze
July 19th 2013


7496 Comments


someone's crabby

joshieboy12345
July 19th 2013


5371 Comments


A hypothetical sandwich. I guess there is a first for everything.

Toondude10
July 19th 2013


4164 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Lol

Crymsonblaze
July 19th 2013


7496 Comments


oh my cod guys quit derailing the thread

it's pretty shellfish of you

Townsendium
July 20th 2013


51 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

....so you're not only music critics, you're also grammar nazis. Aw shit, why did I come to this land of the extra virgins

Crymsonblaze
July 20th 2013


7496 Comments


i hope to kiss a girl

one day

MuhNamesTyler
July 20th 2013


4334 Comments


Sandwiches are awesome man

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