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Dear Agony

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Change isn’t for everyone. Dear Agony is trimmed with all the winning trappings of Breaking Benjamin's former works: wind-up verses expressing the dire agony of forever troubled romance leading up to detonating choruses of cathartic explosions. Melancholic melodies do head-to-head battles with heavy, grungy rock riffs — sometimes winning and sometimes losing. “Fade Away” opens darkly with proggy leads and moody bass lines. Frontman Benjamin Burnley furthers his lyrical foray of the perpetual breakup that has forged his musical career as he sings, “It’s over/ I didn’t want to see it come to this/ I wonder if I’ll ever see your face again.”  The alt-metal laced “I Will Not Bow” is easily the catchiest number here (which may be why it was used in the 2009 Bruce Willis movie Surrogates). But the title-track shows the most musical growth with finesse and restraint in the playing as well as Burnley’s impressive self-harmonizing choruses.

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Dear Agony (Song-by-Song Review)

This is my song-by-song review for Breaking Benjamin's new album, Dear Agony:

1. Fade Away - 8/10: Great opening track. But somewhat deceptive in setting the overall sound and feel of the rest of the album. The tracks that follow are astounding in their compositions.
2. I Will Not Bow - 9.5/10: Their single and one of my favorite songs by Breaking Benjamin, not just from this album. Nice, powerful vocals and lyrics.
3. Crawl - 8.5/10: The instruments come together nicely in this song. The lyrics are top notch, but that isn't news.
4. Give Me a Sign - 9.5/10: It's a really good thing that Ben stopped smoking. He out did himself on this one. Gorgeous vocals. Truly, truly beautiful.
5. Hopeless - 8/10: A nice addition to the album, but it doesn't quite shine like the rest of the tracks.
6. What Lies Beneath - 8.5/10: Epic lyrics, which we've all come to expect from Breaking Benjamin...and they deliver.
7. Anthem of the Angels - 9.5/10: Beautiful. Definitely an 'Anthem of the Angels', but no doubt some of the best BB has written.
8. Lights Out - 9.5/10: Soulful lyrics and full of attitude. This is in dead second along with I Will Not Bow.
9. Dear Agony - 10/10: Breaking Benjamin's finest. My favorite Breaking Benjamin song of all time. Overdriven vocals, heavenly lead work, and amazing lyrics. I can see why BB made this the title track.
10. Into the Nothing - 9/10: A tireless melody that tears through many boundaries. Good stuff.
11. Without You - 8/10: An everyday song about loss and turmoil, but given the BB treatment. Listen to it.

Only ever so often do I get the chance to truly say that a band has released a complete album, an album that is bound together by its tracks to create a sound so complete, so transcendent. So let that time be now. This moment. Breaking Benjamin's Dear Agony is a true masterpiece.

Yawn

There are a few songs on this CD that remind me of Daughtry, and to me that's not a good thing. He's not a rocker, not in the sense of the Saturate-type Breaking Benjamin. Saturate got me hooked, and even We Are Not Alone, with tracks such as So Cold, Sooner or Later, and Believe was a strong CD. After that, I could only find two or three worthy tracks on Phobia, but I hoped that they would come back stronger with Dear Agony. There is some heaviness in the songs, but nothing like Saturate. Too many bands nowadays seem to be out to make the 'radio hits', not stick to the heaviness that made them popular in the first place. Daughtry, Nickelback, and Hinder are making lovey-dovey tracks that explode on the radio, and now once-great bands like Breaking Benjamin, Three Days Grace, Staind, etc are trying to follow suit. I want the edginess and rawness from Saturate and We Are Not Alone. While better, in my mind, than Phobia, Dear Agony still packs a limp punch. Of course, some of the die hard BB fans will be blinded by love and strongly disagree.

Breaking Benjamin Has Done It AGAIN!!!

Dear Agony takes Breaking Benjamin to a new level. Its hard to say that this is the best album from them yet because every one of their albums has been epic, but Dear Agony is truly a masterpiece. One of the most appreciated things about this album and most of Breaking Benjamins others is that every song on the CD is worth getting. There are no 'filler' songs on the Album. Also with Dear Agony the band explores some differant realms, with some beautiful Orchestra support and a touch of Christian rock, while still holding true to the power cords and hard rock that Breaking Benjamin is known and widely loved for. I recommend this Album to ALL Rock lovers and people that love powerful lyrics and truely passionate music. Here is my song by song analysis. Fade Away - Phenominal way to start off the CD. It has a very classic Breaking Benjamin feel to it. (8.5/10) I Will Not Bow - The 1st Single off the Album. Strong lyrics and amazing Guitar and Drum solos. Ben delivers with his lyrics of enduring and hope. (9.5/10) Crawl - Very angry song. Strong cords and solos provide a solid track. (8/10) Give Me A Sign - One of the songs with a hint of Christian rock influence with many references to God and very well done. Slower song about hope and healing. (9/10) Hopeless - Opens with a face melting guitar riff and the unique guitar sounds carry on throughout . Bens deep screams are astonishing. Possible single. (9/10) What Lies Beneath - Rumored to be the 2nd single off the album and very deserving. Drums dominate as Ben sings of being betrayed and decieved. (9.5/10) Anthem of the Angels - Slower beautiful song accompanied with just the right amount of Orchestra. Bens vocal talent is put on display here as well. (8.5/10) Lights Out - Very Breaking Benjamin esque song. Powerful guitar and bass riffs throughout. (9/10) Dear Agony - The best song on the CD in my opinion. Rarely does a songs lyrics leave me with goosebumps and a tear in my eye. Powerful song that anyone who has ever gone through a tough relationship or other heartache will appreciate. (10/10) Into The Nothing - Hard and an extremly satisfying song. Solid blend of guitars, drums and vocals offer a great track. (9/10) Without You - Great song to close out the CD. One of the only songs on the CD that is hard, but lyrics are for the most part about Bens need for the individual. Closes out with a beautifully eerie performance from the Orchestra. (8.5/10)

Biography

Formed: 2000 in Wilkes-Barre, PA

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '00s

In late 2000, guitarist Aaron Fink and bassist Mark James Klepaski made a surprising and unexpected decision: they left Lifer, an alternative metal band that was signed to Universal and was gaining commercial acceptance. Fink and Klepaski departed Lifer (which was originally called Strangers with Candy) so that they could join forces with singer Ben Burnley and drummer Jeremy Hummel and form Breaking Benjamin. Why would Fink and Klepaski leave a band that had a contract with Universal to form a new...
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