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Not as good as "Saturate", but still worth a listen
on August 31, 2004
I'd been waiting and waiting for this album to come out. I mean WAITING. I was so convinced that I'd have to wait another year, that I almost forgot about it until I heard the crushing song "So Cold" on the radio for the first time. If you read my review for the first BB record, you'd know that I gave it nothing but praise. Well, now that I've had the new album for a while and can give a fair review, I'm sad to say that I can't say ALL good things this time. For one, the songs sound like there wasn't nearly enough effort put behind them. When I listen to the first cd(Saturate), I can hear his emotion through the lyrics and the music. We Are Not Alone seems like it was just thrown together as quickly as possible. There are still some good songs though, don't get me wrong. As I said earlier, "So Cold" is an incredible, driving song that I'm hearing more and more on the radio. The second song on the cd is called "Simple Design" and it's really a good, catchy song with meaningful lyrics. "Follow" and "Firefly" are next, and they get boring real quick, as they are very elementary. The best song on the record, besides "So Cold" is track number 10, called "Believe". It's a really hard song with an awesome breakdown. The last song, the acoustic "Rain" is a very nice love song with vocals done extremely well by Benjamin himself. Letdowns on the album are tracks such as "Forget It" a song that just sounds like they're trying to be a re-creation of U2 mixed with Elvis Costello.....and who the heck would want to do a thing like that? The song "Firefly" is another let down, starting off with a killer riff, but the majority of the song sounds like Blink 182 or New Found Glory or something horrible and evil like that. Maybe I would have been a little more nice to these guys if they had been to me. I have been a fan of their music since the first CD came out, and have spent a lot of money on them. I live in Alexandria Virginia, right outside of DC. I drove down to go see them in Richmond Virginia, a 2 hour drive and when I met them after the show, they were complete jerks to me. Benjamin being the most rude of them all. I know that this has no effect on the music or the review of the CD, but I wanted to tell everyone. I still listen to both records, becuase they're good and I like the band. But if they ever think I'm gonna pay to come see them again, they have another thing commin. All in all, they just didn't cut it with this record.