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These boys know what people want!
on August 17, 2011
For anyone is more than a casual fan of a group, a greatest hits album is somewhat pointless. Sure it's nice to put it on for a mix, but I have all of their singles because I have all of their albums. However, for anyone who likes Breaking Benjamin... this set is a must have for the b-sides, acoustic versions, and covers. They must have known that, for fans like me, they would have to give us a reason to buy this album, and they delivered.
The live acoustic versions are extremely hi-fi, and even I was surprised at how good Ben's voice sounded in the recording. The covers, "Who wants to Live Forever" (Queen) and "Enjoy the Silence" (Depeche Mode) are masterpieces, practically worthy of the current $12 price tag by themselves. The four rarities (Ordinary Man, Better Days, Lie to Me, and Ladybug) are also really great. Ordinary Man is kind of old hat, but Better Days is a surprisingly uplifting song (surprising for this band) that sounds like an epilogue to the single "Sooner or Later." Lie to Me is a a beautiful and sad folksy song, and Ladybug is an epic look at what a 'Punk' Breaking Benjamin band would sound like.
What else? The new remix of Blow Me Away has been out of a while, but it's nice to own in on something more substantial than a single. The remix of Water is pretty cool, but I'm so used to the original, and it's one of my fav BB songs, so I don't know what I'll do there... just keep both I guess.
The biggest problem I have with this album is that they didn't take the time to give it a "mix cd" feel by reorganizing their songs. The singles are simply in the order they came out. Kind of lame, but cool to hear the progression I guess?
Also, you'll need to go onto itunes or the Amazon store to buy the live acoustic version of Had Enough, which is only included on the standard, 1 disc version, not the deluxe edition.
Overall, great set for a great price - even if you already own their other stuff.