Breaking Benjamin’s Aurora: A Review After Multiple Listens

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If you read my last post about this album, I feel as though I was a bit harsh. I thought about editing that post, but no. Those were my initial thoughts, and you can’t change those. Only one chance at a first impression and all that. What I can do, is give it another review after listening to the songs multiple times. I’ve been noticing the little things, like what the strings are doing behind the verses, for example–things I completely missed. Overall, this album has vastly improved within two days.

That’s what you’re about to read. I’ve also tried to be much more articulate this time around. 😀

In case you missed my first reaction to Aurora, here you go: Aurora is Here and I Can’t Even

TLDR, I basically boiled the album down to sounding exactly like the originals but with added strings. Yeah, not fair. To my credit, I commented on more than that, but that was the strong opinion I had about several songs.

Honestly, one thing that prompted me to make a follow-up post? The YouTube comments. And many more times hearing the songs. But yeah, reading comments on the videos themselves changed my opinions of some things I was critical of before. Plus, it’s so comforting to see other fans freak out over their music. It makes me feel a lot more sane when I go on these fangirl rants.

Part One: Track By Track Reviews

Part Two: Examples of How I Expected Them to Sound

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25 Thoughts While Watching New Breaking Benjamin Video: “Far Away”


A new music video?! Don’t mind if I do.

It’s time to watch the music video for Breaking Benjamin’s brand new creation, “Far Away.”

In case you’re new to my process: I don’t make reaction videos. I do record myself, but then I transcribe what I say in the video, which you’ll see below. That’s my method.

If you’d like to join me, here you go…

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My Favorite Transformative Acoustic Tracks

What prompted this list? I’ve already made a list of favorite acoustic tracks (with some repeats here, I’m afraid). It’s because of Breaking Benjamin. Their acoustic album just came out, and it wasn’t as acoustic as I expected. I won’t get into it, because I’ve exhausted the point in other posts. But it made me crave some truly acoustic tracks, stripped down and full of awesomeness.

For this list, I looked for songs that are pretty different from the original versions, where the artist did something new with it, hence the title of this post. I know I’m forgetting some worthy songs. This is the best I could do at 2 in the morning. Enjoy the tunes!

“So Cold” – Breaking Benjamin

Of course I’m starting with my man, Ben–since he started this drive in me to start the list in the first place. I won’t say much, because I already have in other posts. Many times. All you need to know, this is the best acoustic version of “So Cold.” I can’t get enough of the variations he does. It. is. so. good.

“Hate Me” – Blue October

I…I’m still trying to get a handle on my emotions after hearing this. I can’t believe I had never heard this version until today! This is one of the saddest, most beautiful songs I’ve ever heard. I finally get it. The original version I liked OK, but now I get it. These lyrics. My God. How painful this must be for him to sing considering how personal it is. To have to relive that time in his life. Man. I, I have to go to the next one. Wow.

“Crawling” – Linkin Park

Let’s keep the sad train moving. I mean, what can I say? It’s Chester, and it’s beautiful and hard to watch, but so, so good. This one, like “Hate Me” and others on this list, makes the lyrics shine because of how they’ve changed it. God, this chorus. Sung like this, it’s more depressing. Love it. Continue reading

Aurora is Here and I Can’t Even

Just keeping up with the slang of our youth. #imsoold #youresocold #notagreatwaytostartapost

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If you’ve spent any time here, you know I kinda sorta like Breaking Benjamin. I mean, they’re fine, I guess. Eh, whatever.

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Now that their acoustic album is out, I’m here to make a reaction post. This is not a review per say. These are my unedited, initial reactions after hearing the songs for the first time.

Note: Hey, it’s me. I wanted to come back and re-emphasize these reactions were my very first time hearing these songs–with the exception of So Cold and Red Cold River. Even though it’s only been one day, many of my opinions have changed since making this post. 

My process: I don’t make reaction videos, but I do record myself, talk to the camera, and transcribe what I say. Why not just post the video? I don’t know. Crippling fear?

With that in mind, I’m typing out everything I say, every stupid comment. Why? A few things. I like to keep things conversational around here. I type as I talk. I think it’s important not to filter reactions and/or embellish them to make them entertaining for people. And no one is going to read this, so I have nothing to lose here. #noshame

If you’d like to play a drinking game, take a shot every time I say, “I don’t know” or “It’s just that/like” or “I mean…”  Actually, don’t. You will die.

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I Bought Breaking Benjamin Records

About a month ago, I bought two Breaking Benjamin records after months of debating. (Do you all just buy things or stew on them like I do?) I figured I’d make an unboxing video about it with Mocha. You can check that out here:

In part two, which I’m currently in the middle of making, I’ve compared the record with the CD. I figured they’d sound different, but whoa. I didn’t notice with Dark Before Dawn too much, but when I started Ember, I was like… Continue reading

Breaking Benjamin “Red Cold River – Acoustic” Reaction

Breaking Benjamin again? Hey, no one told you to click here. Keep on scrolling!

While I love watching reaction videos on YouTube, I’ve never made one. I’m not starting now either. I can’t say I’ve never thought about making reaction videos on YouTube–they seem fun–but no one would watch and it’d be like my cat YouTube channel all over again. Here’s the link, if, you know, you wanna check it out, or whatever: Meowing Mocha

But I have made reaction blog posts in the past. I record myself watching/listening, then basically transcribe my reaction. They aren’t nearly as “in the moment” as a video would be. You just have to trust that I’m not embellishing anything. Why would I lie? No one is going to read this. I have nothing to gain.

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Breaking Benjamin released another track from their upcoming acoustic album. I didn’t listen to the last one. Why? When the album does come out, I don’t want it to be like, “Well, I’ve heard this one. Next.” I’m pretty sure they released many, if not all, of the the tracks off Ember before it came out. I didn’t listen to those early either. But I have to check this one out today.

At the time of this viewing, 19,772 views (January 10th)

If you’d care to, listen with me:

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Happy New Year! Here’s a Treadmill Playlist for Your Presumed Resolution

Everyone decides to use New Year’s as an excuse to get to the gym. Hey, whatever works. I’m no exception. Except that I would never go to the gym. Yikes. If I ever did go to the gym, a video of me would end up on Facebook with the caption, “Some girl doing interpretive dance on the treadmill. #treadmillfail”

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I have my own treadmill, thanks–honestly, it’s the best purchase I’ve ever made, and that includes my house. I used to be obsessed with my treadmill. We were best friends. I logged many hours. I edited some of my novel there. I wrote some blog posts there. I worked on some freelance work there. I watched the entire Friends series there. But with life changes and a lack of motivation, we’ve parted ways. I’d like to get back to it though, and what better motivation than a new playlist!

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My Favorite “Headphones On, Eyes Closed” Songs, Part 2

I’m back as promised with more songs for your headphones to enjoy. Here is Part 2. If you missed Part 1: My Favorite “Headphones On, Eyes Closed” Songs

I added some gifs just because.

“Night We Met” Lord Huron

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I’m not ashamed to admit I first heard this song on “13 Reasons Why.” By the way, I really liked season 1, sat through season 2, and didn’t even bother with season 3. Anyway, this song is all kinds of beautiful, and it’s hard not to picture scenes from the show when I listen to it. Even so, it’s a great song. I’ve put this on my blog before, and with good reason. My only beef? It’s too damn short. Continue reading

My Favorite “Headphones On, Eyes Closed” Songs

I know it’s not Monday. And it’s not morning when I usually share my wisdom. But I was inspired and I ran with it. Here we go! Some tunes!

A Part One perhaps? If I think of more, I’ll make a Part Two. These came to me in a matter of 10 seconds, and considering I should be asleep right now, I’m going to leave it at five songs. As the title suggests, these songs are best heard with headphones and no distractions.

Not surprisingly, all of these songs have already been featured in other music posts. Go figure. I like what I like.

“High Hopes” Pink Floyd

What can I say? David Gilmour is a god who walks amongst us, and this song is simply beautiful.

“Lack of Color” Death Cab for Cutie

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Songs I’m Binging This Week #4

Happy December! Can you believe it’s December? I’m in denial.

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Anyways, it’s been a minute since I’ve made a music post beyond Breaking Benjamin, so I figured I’d share a few songs I’ve been repeating lately. Here we go!

Snuff – Slipknot

Again. Yes, I know. I have a problem.

At this point, I have to laugh. I mean, what, is this like the twenty-seventh time I’ve mentioned this one? But this song. I can’t with this song. I had this on loop for a solid hour while I cleaned my house. It never gets old. And I can now, without a doubt, crown this my number 3 favorite song of all time. That is an honor, let me tell you. Continue reading