Breaking Benjamin
Saturate


2.5
average

Review

by SkinneeJay USER (9 Reviews)
July 31st, 2009 | 28 replies


Release Date: 2002 | Tracklist

Review Summary: You shouldn't sing while you're eating.


If there's one musical genre which I can say I know a lot about, it's Post-Grunge. Perhaps it's not much of a thing to be proud of, since we're talking about one of the most-hated genres out there. I still found stuff which was above-average, and even some seriously good stuff. Considering Breaking Benjamin were able to gain more success than other 50 bands, perhaps there's something unique about them. Or maybe they write some good hooks.

There is actually something unique about Breaking Benjamin, and that is their vocalist. He isn't notable for charisma or a unique vocal style, he's notable for being crap. Saturate is better than most Post-Grunge when it comes to instruments and songwriting, but the bad vocals drown every song. He sometimes sound pretty good, on the verses, for example. When the hooks come in, he sounds like he's eating while he's singing. The result is laughable.

At least the band isn't horrible. They actually sound pretty good. "Natural Life" has a nice drumming into, while "Skin" and "Medicate" got good riffs. They can also generate the right atmosphere for the songs, such the verses for "Home", and the epic-sounding "Water". They also got their share of flaws, however. The band sounds very, very static. It harms these guys especially because you can feel they got some good ideas. When I listen to "Skin", I'm supposed to move my head. The riff is good, but it doesn't have a punch needed to truly makes it move my head.

At least Breaking Benjamins got some hooks. Or they don't. "Medicate" is extremely unstable. The song can either have an uplifting feel to it, or be very annoying. It tends to be mostly annoying because the singer can't sing and "medicating" is a cliche that should be criminalized. "Natural Life" falls into the same hole. It can't decide whether it wants to be annoying or catchy. At least they're able to produce the anthemic "Shallow Bay" and "Sugarcoat" floats close to Nu-Metal and sounds very solid, albeit a little dumb. In fact, Saturate genrally has a better selection of hooks than most Post-Grungers. They would also sound a whole lot better if the vocalist swallowed his food before he started singing.

Between good hooks and instrumentation and a crappy vocalist, Saturate turns into an average Post-Grunge which it shouldn't be. Take any faceless Post-Grunger and he would sing these songs better. Sadly, the result is a record that can only be considered really good for what it could've been. If you take it for what it is, you still get a decent Post-Grunge record. You should get Default's One Thing Remains instead of this, however. It even had a bigger budget for the cover.

Best Songs:
- Water
- Home
- Shallow Bay



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foreverendeared
July 31st 2009


14720 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

hmmm, some pretty bad grammar throughout this, but the actual review content is pretty decent. I'd work on having someone with good grammar proofread your reviews before posting them. Just a suggestion.

Gyromania
July 31st 2009


37118 Comments


"Between good hooks " Try to avoid using the word 'good' as a description of sound. Otherwise, I basically agree with what forevereendeared said.

Nagrarok
July 31st 2009


8656 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

If there's one musical genre which I can say I know a lot about, it's Post-Grunge. Perhaps it's not much of a thing to be proud of, since we're talking about one of the most-hated genres out there. I still found stuff which was above-average, and even some seriously good stuff. Considering Breaking Benjamin were able to gain more success than other 50 bands, perhaps there's something unique about them. Or maybe they write some good hooks.


These kind of paragraphs are unnecessary. I second what the two above me said as well.



marksellsuswallets
July 31st 2009


4884 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Too bad Ben Burnley's vocal kind of rule...

Gyromania
July 31st 2009


37118 Comments


Record is still kind of blah.

Willie
Moderator
July 31st 2009


20213 Comments


Post-Grunge... I never knew that was a genre. I like RED and someone said I'd probably like this band too - they were wrong.

Gyromania
July 31st 2009


37118 Comments


well, to be fair this is one of the better bands in this genre.

marksellsuswallets
July 31st 2009


4884 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I've always considered them Alt. Metal, and anyways post-grunge sounds stupid.

Willie
Moderator
July 31st 2009


20213 Comments


I've always considered them Alt. Metal
Same here. I guess Alt. Metal is the same as post-grunge.

SkinneeJay
July 31st 2009


34 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

I'm regular to Post-Grunge, so I use it anyway. I can't see the attraction in Ben's voice.

marksellsuswallets
July 31st 2009


4884 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

He just has a pretty unique tonal quality and ever now and again (not as much on this record) he shows that he does have a pretty good range, even though he may not utilize it that much. The only vocalist that I've ever heard that gave me the impression he was singing through a sandwich was Demon Hunter's vocalist on their first album.

rotterdog
July 31st 2009


489 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Substitute "got" for "have" and this review would be ten times more readable.

foreverendeared
July 31st 2009


14720 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I used to make fun of Polyamorous way back in the day, then i ended up buying We Are Not Alone a couple years later and loved it. i'll still listen to that album every once in a while, but for the most part i don't care very much for this band

Poet
July 31st 2009


6144 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

This is by far the band's best album. I really like it.

SkinneeJay
July 31st 2009


34 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

I always felt like Ben's ruining the songs, plus he sounds pretty pretentious to me. I guess we have different tastes. To each his own.

AlexTM510
July 31st 2009


1471 Comments


this is from their wiki page

Their music is most often classed as alternative rock or post-grunge, but they have also been described as alternative metal.


lol its all the g*ddamn same

AlexTM510
July 31st 2009


1471 Comments


This album isnt so grand from what ive heard but they got better with each album.

ninjuice
July 31st 2009


6760 Comments


The only vocalist that I've ever heard that gave me the impression he was singing through a sandwich was Demon Hunter's vocalist on their first album.

This makes about as much sense to me as Cocaine claiming Phil Labonte learned to sing on Overcome, i.e. none at all.

marksellsuswallets
July 31st 2009


4884 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I realize this is on the second album, but you can't tell me that during Ready to Die it doesn't sound like he's screaming through nacho phlegm.

ninjuice
July 31st 2009


6760 Comments


Eh, that's how his scream sounds, and I think the fact that he delivers most verses in a rap-ish manner is the main reason. I love his harsh vocals, it's a shame he's not in a stronger/better band.



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