|Breaking Benjamin Experiment: (Ranking Hypothesis)|
Hi all! This is a repost. I accidentally deleted my original hypothesis list. I am just putting it back up here as a reference for the results which I posted earlier today. Thanks for reading!
Although a competent album, this is collection of reimagining’s of previously released Breaking Benjamin tracks. It is well performed and includes some great choices of musical talent features. Despite this, most recording do not quite match the quality of the original versions. Since this is a grouping of inferior versions of older songs, I believe this will be the worst of Breaking Benjamin’s catalog.
A both overplayed and also underrated album in my opinion based on the singles I have heard. The lead singles were Red Cold River which was the most unique, Tourniquet which was the heaviest, and Torn in Two which was the most similar to the Breaking Benjamin formula. The fifth track Psycho was a hidden gem but the other eight tracks (two intro/outro tracks and six full songs) will be forgettable thus making this a lower-ranking record.
Dark Before Dawn
This 2015 release came after a roughly half-decade hiatus. I recall finding several of the tracks such as Angels Fall and especially the introspective Ashes of Eden particularly pleasant. The deep-cuts left no lasting impact on me, and that can change, but I do not believe it will. I also enjoyed the lead single Failure but since it is one of their more derivative tracks as it sounds undeniably similar to The Diary of Jane, that left me feeling fairly unenthused.
We Are Not Alone
Based on my attempts to listen through this album many years ago, my expectations are not incredibly high. Tracks such as So Cold and Firefly are some of the best the band has produced but I worry the famous “sophomore slump” will be no stranger to this collection of songs. I do recall attempting to listen through this one many years ago and not finding much enjoyment. It will likely be an album where it sounds as though they are more focused on finding a style and formula rather than making the highest quality tracks they can.
The first outing from this band from 2002 is one I have not had a ton of exposure to, but I anticipate a very positive experience with it based on the few tracks I have heard. Those tracks being their breakout hit Polyamorous as well as the underrated Medicate.
This particular album has the most identifiable tracks from the band’s discography. I have listened through this album on many occasions in my youth and found it incredibly pleasant. Despite it being consisted entirely of recognizable and mostly high-quality songs, I believe the lack of focus of this album will hinder its ability to be the absolute best the group has put out.
The 2006 release is an album I had much experience with back in my earlier years of listening to heavier music. Despite this, I do not recognize many of the tracks based off of their names alone. Regardless, high quality songs such as The Diary of Jane, Breath, and Had Enough, as well as the more focused dark tones on Burnley’s personal anxieties, I believe, will make this album a strong choice for the pinnacle of Breaking Benjamin’s career discography.