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Benjamin breaks through expectations.,
This review is from: Phobia (Audio CD)I've always liked Breaking Benjamin; their tone-agile singer impressed me, although I thought he had a strange manner of singing. It was somehow "twanged" a little. The band's music was hard enough for me, and Breaking Benjamin was one of the few harder rock bands that had good songs in major key.
Their third effort, Phobia, has overcome its predecessors in every way. It is very well-balanced from beginning to end, well-mastered, and the vocals are more mainstreamed. No longer do I have a slight aversion to the main singer's voice. He somehow calmed it down between albums, it seems.
With a few major-keyed songs, Breaking Benjamin continues its legacy, and generally continues on the same path as its other CD's. "The Diary of Jane", "Breath", "You", "Dance With the Devil", "Unknown Soldier", and the acoustic "Diary of Jane" (which is a remarkably good piano and strings piece) are my favorite songs off this album, but the rest of the songs are no disappointment.
Phobia surpasses both Saturate and We Are Not Alone in every way.
It is a CD I could listen to over and over; it still hasn't gotten old.