on November 4, 2004
I admit, I first heard of Breaking Benjamin when their single "Polyamorous" was released on the radio, and that is what initially drew me to them. After downloading the CD in its entirety, I was floored at how much I liked the band. While the instrumentation isn't spectacular, and the lyrics aren't amazing, everything blends together perfectly leaving listeners with a very solid rock performance.
I Wish I May- 4/5 Great beat, very nice guitar riffs, and a good heavy sound.
Medicate- 5/5 Great use of the lead singer's voice, I love the feel of the song.
Polyamorous- 5/5 The first BB song I heard remains one of my favorites.
Skin- 5/5 Oh so catchy, great lyrics and great music.
Natural Life- 5/5 Not too keen on the intro, but the rest of the song is fabulous.
Next to Nothing- 4/5 Much softer than the other songs; Ben has a great voice.
Water- 4/5 The intro is very different, but fades into a reliable beat and wonderful lyrics.
Home- 5/5 SO ORIGINAL!!! This is probably one of my favorite songs on the CD. Who knew a song about The Wizard of Oz could be so awesome?
Phase- 3/5 I never got into this song much, although I love the guitar and bass parts.
No Games- 4/5 Another softer song, really emotional with soft instruments and words.
Sugarcoat- 5/5 Very strong, catchy intro. Wonderful vocals and effects, and nice screaming.
Shallow Bay- 4/5 The music and the lyrics flow together so well, it's a great song.
on March 4, 2004
"Saturate" is definitely the best chance I've ever taken on buying a CD. I had only heard "Polyamorous" and a couple others and gave it a shot. Best 8 dollars I have ever spent. I'll go through it song by song.
1) Wish I May - sweet opener, very hard
2) Medicate - an instant favorite
3) Polyamorous - the single - not the best song on here but a great song
4) Skin - my favorite song on the album - one of my favorite songs ever
5) Natural Life - has a sweet opening and awesome guitar later in the song
6) Next to Nothing - softer than the songs before it...its amazing
7) Water - hard opening, kind of angry
8) Home - really grows on you, sweet chorus
9) Phase - intro is awesome and just builds up and explodes...sweet song
10) No Games - kind of like Next to Nothing...really good song
11) Sugarcoat - soft singing...screaming...its all balanced out...its really good
12) Shallow Bay - good song...I like the ending a lot
13) Forever (hidden track) - Best ending to a CD I've ever heard
This band is kind of unnoticed and underappreciated...I'd love to see what they do next and I hope it comes soon. I bought this cd in November and it hasn't gotten old one bit....its a rare catch
I really don't get too many rock albums anymore, because they are all starting to sound the same to me. But there's something about Breaking Benjamin that completely gets my attention. They tend to veer away from all the old minor key heavy rock and slip into melodic choruses. It doesn't make them wimpy, one only needs to hear "Sugarcoat" to bet that there are a few Tool albums in the bands' CD collection. They also utilize the now obvious device of an acoustic start that rages into the thick chorded chorus, on the great "Next To Nothing."
It's also good to hear a band that doesn't mind rocking without pandering. Too much of the teen-punk that gluts the airwaves these days is derivative sugar. Breaking Benjamin have a gut level approach to the sound. Even something as singable as "Polyamorous" still connects on a visceral level, but not on the same level of violence as -- for instance -- Korn. The other thing I really like about BB's "Saturate" is that they didn't slip into rap-metal, despite Ben Burnly's raw vocal style. That "Saturate" rocks on it's own terms sends a signal to me...Breaking Benjamin could have a great future. Three and a half stars.
PS: the second album, "We Are Not Alone," is even better!
on May 11, 2006
If you ever take time and listen to new music and sound. The difference in some bands truly stand out. These for such bands as:
And in some many, if not all cases taproot and chevelle.
1: I wish I may -
Good intro and first track for a unknown band with youv'e never heard of them. Gets you used to his sound and how the beat will be. Hard and heavy, with ryhems that build up like a good movie.
2: Medicate -
Opera like. Simple as that. A voice that just goes up and up. In my eyes a great song. Anything that alters the mind will alter your opioion on the song for the better.
3: Polyamorous -
Hey it's the only radio song they have(on this cd), radio song is what it is, catchy as heck, made you want to buy the album, most attractable song that makes you curious. And not a bad one even at least. Good song,video even cooler. You would of never guessed that the voice of Ben, is what you see in him. Sound doesn't fit guy, makes even that much better. In what he can do with his voice.
4: Skin -
Very melody and structure is fantastic. Very lyrics, crip in hi voice. One of those songs, that can't explain, however not the best, but makes the album that much better. Great Middle and not a filler song.
5: Natural Life -
3rd Best song on the album. Great sound, great guitars, haunting voice. NATURAL LIFE!!! His voice is incrediabe, just works. You either like it, or you really hate it.
6: Next to nothing -
Great lyrics, great buildup, really get into the song. Not the best beat, not till maybe middle and then towards end of the song, when (next to nothing, and in between that and the next set up lyrics, sounds awesome)Great balance.
7: Water -
AWESOME.Tied with 2nd Best song! Moves along at awesome drum and beat, and then the lyrics grab you and then takes you along for even more of a beat that works with you and sounds freaking fantasic!
8: Home -
Mind Blowing, one of those songs that makes it mark as memeroble and non-forgetable. This is the 2nd best in tie as well. However this would win the tie, can't mess with the SOUND and LYRICS. Never knew I cared for the Wizar of Oz till now, don't. But do respect what the meaning is coming from movie, as the movie does. Except BB puts it in mind trip and alice and wonderland world. Home is what dreams and nightmares create. It is one of best songs ever..Over statement..nah..Just my personal feeling. This is what M.J.K speaks of in reference of thy third eye...HOMMMMMEEEE!
9: Phase -
BEST SONG!!! Works in contrast to ever little thing that makes the other songs as not the best. Just everything is perfect on this song. Take 10 Classics and role them up in one song, its Phase. Lyrics incredible, if not simple in some eyes. But those are some eyes..not all..Intro is brilliant, the build-up is clever suspense and the end of the story and realization makes heavy yelling music pale in comparsion. Ben is not yelling, hes singing his heart out, pure emotion. ITS JUST A F##$I*G PHASEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!!
10: No Games -
Another addition that you can sing along, doesn't stand out. Very (we are not alone here; not my favorite album. Just not as complex as Saturate) Great, but not fantastic. Is them, but not all mountains contain gold.
11: Supercoat -
Pretty dang good song, quite impressive. Lyrics work insync with beat. Heavy, emotion filled and Breaking Benjamin All the way. Bottom of top 5!
12: Shallow Bay -
Makes me feel great, great everything. Just works, his voice again blows me away on this song, curious and intersting all in one. You feel it as what it is, no b.s. Beatiful ending for a powerful album..yes begining of the end....
Nice...indeed..perhaps precursor to Rain and Just forget it on 'We are not a alone'. Great lyrics, great voice..
Overall if you understand my conception and view upon this band and album; you'll like such music as well. Great first record, maybe a Gem of an album. We are not alone is great and advanced; however isn't the same BB. Perhaps just a stall, it happens, and isn't bad. How many albums can you say from one band stands out above all them? BB came out like a shot to the skull, and then slowly started to repair itself. Sometimes bands are not as good the first go around, (taproot, not bad, but nothing like blue sky research is) but some get it on the first record, aka Saturate..
This cd works, and is one of the all-time greatest, in my eyes and perhaps others. However I'm not you and your not me, so may be different. Either way, worth a listen if you like things that are mixed or different in a way that catches you off gaurd and is not a copy and or varitian of another band.
Tell me another band that has the same beat and same voice and same structure as BB does? I can't compare Tool with no other band either, even APC. Tool is Tool..Breaking Benjamin is Breaking Benjamin.
Just from album to album, hoping for more cosistency, can't wait till end of summer 06'. New album, and Ben's reassurance of the difference of we are not alone and saturate, not saying will be like Saturate, however saying not going to be like We are not alone either. But more of what we got in saturate, then in we are alone..Sounds Good to me..
Enjoy the music out there guys, nice to share my view on this great band.
Now let's all just go home...
on January 23, 2003
I realize that I'm just another of the many 5 star reviews for Breaking Benjamin, and I generally don't bother saying basically the same thing as everyone else. I had to make an exception with Breaking Benjamin, because this is simply the best CD I've ever heard in this genre. I had no idea that simple, straightforward rock could sound this good. They do nothing ground breaking aside from the fact that they just plain rock. The lyrics are simple, and the guitar playing is fairly basic. However, the lead singer's voice is just amazing and every riff on this CD is good. Also, a rarity nowdays, the song Polyamourous is an excellent representation of this band. A really cool riff, basic but cool sounding lyrics, and just straight up rock. The lyrics, whether sung or screamed, which doesn't happen very often but are great when utilized, just sound sensational. Every song on this CD is better then 99% of anything you will hear on the radio. Also excellent is that fact that you can find this CD for 10 bucks! Please, I beg you to support Breaking Benjamin and go out and get this CD. I can't wait for the next release!
on February 15, 2003
This is a great band that gets hardly any recognition at all. I heard Polyamorous and I thought it was a good song so I took a risk and bought the whole album. It was definately a risk well worth it. For one thing since their music is not really well known the cd came super ... at [money]. All of the songs have their own unique sound and great lyrics. I can actually say that every song on the cd is great and it is one of the rare cds you can play all the way through and like every song. My favorite song is "No Games" and it shows their ability to go from soft to hard and make it sound great. "Next to Nothing" is also an awesome song that is a little more soft than the others. The really good hard songs are: "Polyamorous", "Natural Life", "Water", and "Sugarcoat". I cannot stress enough how good this cd is and if you like other alternative rock bands like Seether, Creed, Chevelle, Trapt, or Sinch you would definately like these guys and buying it is definately worth the money. I just can't wait to see what these guys come up with next!!!!
on April 4, 2003
Now don't get me wrong, this album isn't better than Chevelle's Wonder What's Next. In fact, they are both equally good. What I meant by "Outtathaway Chevelle !" is that after months of listening to Wonder What's Next, I finally found something that can match it's power. Funny thing is, Breaking Benjamin's Saturate was released first. Oh well!
Like I said before, this record is as powerful as Chevelle's second album. And just like it, if you would choose at random 6 songs on the record and take out the rest, it would still be worth buying. Each song can stand very well on it's own. It's also a wonder how Polyamorous didn't get played more than it did. Although it is an excellent song, it's not even one of the best songs on the album. Almost any song here could have been released as a single. If, of course, radio people started playing different and better songs for a change...
It would be difficult here to choose which tracks are the best because they are all so good. But I would have to go with : Medicate, Skin, Natural Life, Water, No Games... Then again, naming the better songs is really a superficial thing because I love the ones I didn't name as much as the ones I did.
Oh, and one last thing, anyone who considers placing a hidden track at the end of their album should consider Breaking Benjamin as an exemple. There is less than 3 seconds between the end of Shallow Bay and the hidden track. Now that's the way to do it. I could accept 30 seconds of silence, but anything beyond that is just painful for the listener. Why hide it after 10 minutes of silence ? Fans, like myself, will probably only listen to it once if that is the case. That is all.
on December 29, 2002
When I first heard Polyamorous, I loved the song. Now, after christmas, and thanks to my Grandma and low CD prices, I finally have the CD in my hands. Heres what I think:
-Wish I May, 4.5/5 Awesome song, I love it
-Medicate, 4.5/5 Another wonderful song, this could be the first song I learn on my new guitar
-Polyamorous, 5/5 The song that started it all for me, and one of the best, although I'm still wondering what "polyamorous" means^_^
-Skin, 4.5/5 No comments here
-Natural Life, 5/5 Well, a song that actually makes the listener face how life is("Your natural Life, You're born, You die")
-Next To Nothing, 5/5 One of the best songs on the CD, I put my player on repeat sometimes when this come on
-Water, 4.5/5 Continuing the great music, this song is very good and shows the band's talent like Next to Nothing and Polyamorous do, but not as well as the other songs
-Home, 4/5 Probably the lowest score I'll give to a song on this CD, the references to Wizard of Oz are a little unexpected, but keep the song original
-Phase, 4.5/5 No comments(for any song that says "No comments" it just means I haven't listened to the song enough yet)
-No Games, 4.5/5 No Comments
-Sugarcoat, 4.5/5 Nicely written song with a good sound
-Shallow Bay, 5/5 I love this song, I just love the lyrics
Buy this CD, you will not be disappointed
on October 5, 2005
To the person who wrote this review: YOU are a hot mess. First, if you loathe this band so much, why have you written a novel on them? The so-called proclamation that you hate them so much and that you want others to hate them too, is, I'm afraid, a bunch of BS and a pathetic excuse for your poorly written composition. Furthermore, you probably wouldn't recognize talent if it bit you you know where. It is written nowhere that everyone must love BB, but, in case you hadn't noticed, they ARE a fully signed and recognized band, so, they MUST have an inkling of talent. Also, in case you hadn't pondered this, maybe every line of every song, poem, etc. doesn't have to make sense to YOU... perhaps it is the artist/artists simply expressing THEMSELVES! Heaven forbid that everything doesn't revolve around your narrow little life. And just in case you hadn't yet figured it out, I am a HUGE BB fan.
on January 25, 2005
My sister first introduced me to this band and I immediatley fell in love with Ben's voice. It is extremley unique and its deep and that's what moves me, not to sound too corny! I also saw them in concert and the are awesome live. Go if you get a chance. You won't regret it. I personally think that this CD is much better than the second in terms of rockin out to a cd. The second one "We Are Not Alone" has a totally different feel to it, a few more slow songs. Anyway back to Saturate. My favorite song is Home, just like everybody. I love that it is about the Wizard of Oz. My other favs are Phase and Natural Life, these are the ones that aren't many's favorites but i like their sound alot. Now I don't know about riffs or chords or anything but this band has an awesome collective sound and has a huge future ahead of them, cant wait for their next album!!! Cheers!!