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Dear Agony

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2009 release from the American Alt-Rock band. Features the single 'I WIll Not Bow'. Breaking Benjamin has toured with the cream of the Rock crop: Nickelback, Korn, Evanescence, Three Days Grace, Seether and Three Doors Down.
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  • Audio CD (September 29, 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Hollywood Records
  • ASIN: B002KVSJ64
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (214 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,211 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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I keep waiting to hear a CD from Breaking Benjamin that I don't completely enjoy but I've yet to be let down. Even now, with Dear Agony, I find myself liking them even more than before.

I'll go ahead and get the one kind of neutral point of this CD out of the way--it's more of the same. Nothing we haven't really heard before. BUT! Breaking Benjamin is so good at what they do that I don't find myself caring about that. In fact, that's actually what I wanted. I wanted a hard rocking CD with a few 'ballads' strewn about. After a few lackluster CDs from some of my favorite bands recently, BB bring me the dose of hard rock I've been yearning for for oh so long.

Dear Agony follows closely in the footsteps of its predecessor, Phobia. Dealing moreso with pain than before, is the thing that makes Dear Agony a bit better even than Phobia though. The entire CD moves swiftly, too swiftly in fact. With only 11 tracks they make good with every song so we don't have to skip any single track. Sure, it'll take a few listens to begin to enjoy each and every song but once you do you'll keep coming back for more time and again.

Dear Agony rocks hard. Plain and simple. Every aspect of this CD is just amazing. From the headbang-worthy riffs to the parts where you find yourself screaming right along with Ben without even realizing it, I'm hardpressed to find a downside. The thing, as I stated earlier, that makes Dear Agony so good is the lyrics. I think on Phobia is where Ben really started getting good at writing songs, here he shows that even more. From his 'You can't break me' anthems to his beautiful love song-esque ballads, he's really spread his wings on this record. Another thing that seems to be only getting better is his voice.
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Their last album wasn't their best, but it was full of radio friendly songs that stations could play and build the exposure for the band. That's great for these guys, as they truly deserve every ounce of fame they achieve. But for this album, you can really tell they have matured lyrically and musically from their previous albums. Not one song on this album is similar to another, as was the case on previous albums. There's a great deal of variety in all the songs and you can tell this band is becoming something great.

1) Fade Away (9/10) - This song is a GREAT way to start off the album. I can almost guarantee that this song will be a single.

2) I Will Not Bow (9/10) - This song is the first single off the album, and it really shows how the band has matured in one song. From the catchy riff, to the scream of "Fall" throughout the song, to the highs and lows throughout the chorus and verses, you can really see how Ben is being more confident in his voice.

3) Crawl (9/10) - This song really stood out to me the first time I heard it due to the growls in the chorus. It's such a dark song, and could be one of my favorites of the record.

4) Give Me A Sign (10/10) - I've been a Breaking Benjamin fan since the "Saturate" days, and I've honestly never liked one of their slow songs that much - but this song is different. The first time I heard this song, I was in the car with my girlfriend and we couldn't help but smile at this song. It shows a different side to a love song, and many people I've talked to have said this is their favorite song on the album.

5) Hopeless (8/10) - Again, a song with some growling. This song is really heavy and shows the new direction that I believe the band is going.
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Breaking Benjamin, Dear Agony (Hollywood, 2009)

I've been a huge Breaking Benjamin fan pretty much from the first time I heard "So Cold." (This may surprise folks who know my usual listening tastes, which run more to noise and powerelectronics, but let's face it--can you name any other current rock band who explores the same themes as all my favorite PE acts, and then can get them into the American Top 40? Of course not. None others exist.) But, you know, they've always been your basic common-time guitar-wall rock band. So when the verse kicked in on "Fade Away", the first song on Breaking Benjamin's fourth album, Dear Agony, I started wondering if I had a bad copy. And then it happened again in the second verse, and I realized that Breaking Benjamin were... syncopating. Seriously. Honest to god. Granted, fans of more complex rock bands (think Rush/Tool/3/any band who's ever released a rock and roll song using a time signature like 9/8) probably wouldn't even notice. But for your basic four-on-the-floor rock and roll band, that half-note jog Burnley does with the vocals halfway through each verse of "Fade Away" is a quantum jump. I wonder what album #5 will eventually sound like?

They head back into their standard sound after that, and I'm not going to complain about that one little bit; Phobia was one of my favorite albums of 2006. While my first seven or eight spins of the disc have only produced one song that grabbed me by the cojones the way that "Evil Angel" and "Unknown Soldier" did the first time I heard Phobia (that, by the way, being "Crawl"), the album as a whole feels more coherent than anything BB have come up with to date.
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Toned down a bit
I've been previewing the album as well. I've listened to all of the tracks several times and I am happy with the album. I've been a big fan since they debuted with polyamorous. This album is slightly toned downed, but at the same time builds on what phobia did. It's very refined and while... Read More
Sep 28, 2009 by M. Coulter |  See all 5 posts
Preorder Question.
when it comes out.
Sep 11, 2009 by Mike Hunt |  See all 3 posts
Another pre-ordering question
It depends on which shipping you choose. If you choose 2 day shipping, it will arrive on the day it is released. If you choose 3-5 day shipping, it will arrive a couple days after the album is released. 2 day shipping is around $5 more than 3-5 day shipping though.
Sep 17, 2009 by Andrew |  See all 3 posts
Enhanced CD?
They lied.

If you are referring to the "Place this cd in your computer's cd-rom drive to access special features" --- BOLOGNA! When you put it in your computer, you've got Ben's scanned head image and 3 links--one hooks ya up to the internet, one is a "help" button, and the... Read More
Dec 3, 2010 by Crystal |  See all 2 posts
Don't Order This From Best Buy. Com!!!
He wasn't saying it happened to HIM 10 times...He said it HAS happened about 10 times. I too have seen comments on MySpace about it not coming with one. Some people didn't even get the freaking music cd in the case!!
Sep 30, 2009 by Flyin11 |  See all 13 posts
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