“We Are Not Alone", Breaking Benjamin’s second full-length album, is seemingly full of songs that could potentially be singles. This works both for and against the mainstream rock band. The atmosphere is gritty, but at the same time appealing. Songs such as “Believe", “Simple Design", and “Follow" all have contain catchy hooks either delivered by frontman Ben Burnley’s vocals, or the tight, rhythmic guitar riffs. “Firefly" for instance seems like one gigantic chorus, it’s obviously Ben’s best vocal work on the record. “Firefly, could you shine your light? Now I know your ways, cause they’re just like mine." “Breakdown" is easily the best the album has to offer. It deceptively starts out with a lone piano before Ben obliterates the relaxing mood screeching, “Breakdown"! In turn, the music gets about as heavy as the band will ever get before abruptly going to a slower pace with some nice “jungle" beats from the drums. The whole song is very catchy, peaking at the chorus with, “What I found, in this town, I’m heading for the breakdown. What’s that sound? You’re so loud. I’m heading for the breakdown." However, this is where the faults come into play. As already mentioned, “We Are Not Alone" is an album contains many songs, which could become popular hits. The reason for that is because Breaking Benjamin seems diverse in their song writing, at first. After repeated listens however every song eventually begins to seem exactly the same. The ballad “Rain" is one of the songs that attempt to change that, but doesn’t work well since it’s the last track of the record. The worst is the guitar riffs. Even though they originally were the main hooks of some songs they become recycled overtime. This is an average record with shortcomings, but those who are into mainstream rock may still want to check this out.
I've only heard the music video were all of these people are walking through some weird type of forest. The guy eventually drowns at the end....pretty intense. Nice blurb, but this sounds like something I would hate.
Yeah, as I said in the review, most of the songs here would have been popular singles.
Their best song isn't even on any of their released albums, but a track they wrote for the Halo 2 Soundtrack and game. I reviewed the Soundtrack so check it out if you're interested.