Breaking Benjamin’s Ember: An Album Review

Happy Music Monday! I know you’ve been anxiously awaiting this post. My apologies for taking my sweet time.

Part of it is my clinical procrastination issues, but mostly I’ve put this off because I wanted to listen to the album a few more times before trying to write about it.

Had you asked me after my second listen, I would’ve said it was fine. Just fine. Just OK. All the songs sorta blend together. But it’s still Breaking Benjamin, so I’m on board.

But now? I love this album. I just really love this album. Ben and Co. have done it again. Let’s break this thing down track by track. I haven’t read or listened to a single review, so this is my 100% unbiased opinion as a total fan.

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I feel compelled to add: the review that follows is my opinion. You might not agree. You might be wondering if I’m even referring to the right album. Or that I need to get my ears checked. You might not like Breaking Benjamin at all; what are you doing here then? Anyway, this is my take on things. Take from it what you will.

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Don’t Worry. I’m Not Dead.

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I have returned. Please. Contain your excitement.

I’ve been a bit MIA lately. Twitter, this, my writing community… I’m such a routine-oriented person that when something new comes along, it throws me off so much that something’s gotta give. In this case, three somethings.

My cat’s social media presence is still very much alive. Because priorities.

So what’s been going on with me? What is it that has screwed over my precious routine?

I got a job, y’all.

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For that and other randomness, keep reading. 🙂

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Cover Me! My 14 Favorite Cover Songs

 

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Generally speaking, I have mixed feelings about covers. On the one hand, how dare you. That song isn’t yours. What are you doing? On the other hand, I like hearing a different take on a song I’ve heard so many times. So I’ve gathered a list of my favorite covers. Enjoy!

I’ve never been able to rank these kinds of lists, so these covers are in no particular order.

“Nothing Compares 2 U”

Cover: Chris Cornell

Original: Prince

Made Famous by Sinead O’Conner

I don’t think I’d heard this cover until after his passing, but I knew after just one line, it was going to be amazing. What a voice. What a loss.

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The 35 Best Mashups You’ve Never Heard

The amount of talent on YouTube astounds me. You’ve heard of mashups, right? Glee was notorious for them. This collection is better. Sorry, Glee.

These songs should not work. They defy all logic. You read the titles and immediately think, there’s no way. Trust me. They work. Oh, do they work.

I’ve broken down 35 of my favorite mashups into categories for your listening pleasure.

The “Why Does This Work???” Group

I’ll start with the most amazing mashups based solely on their unbelievability factor.

Ed Sheeran’s “Shape of You” instrumental & Disturbed’s “Down With the Sickness” vocals

Credit: oneboredjeu Mashup

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Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky” instrumental/vocals & System of a Down’s “B.Y.O.B” vocals

Credit: neto gr


Psy’s “Gangnam Style” instrumental/vocals & Slipknot’s “Psychosocial” vocals

* @3:16 is a work of art.

Credit: thispreme

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Breaking Benjamin: “Feed the Wolf” Reaction

Happy Music Monday, people of the Internet! For some reason, my blog has turned into Breaking Benjamin Central. Because they’ve been releasing new material, it only makes sense to talk about them. Next Monday, new topic. Promise. 🙂

Enough blah blah. Time to listen to this new track for the first time. And here we go. Join me, won’t you?

Oh, first I have to pause my BB Spotify playlist. It’s been all BB, all the time lately.

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47 Thoughts While Watching New Breaking Benjamin Video

In last week’s Music Monday post, I explored my love of Breaking Benjamin, including my initial thoughts of their latest single, “Red Cold River.” Since then, they’ve released the music video, so let’s check it out. Ready?

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Breaking Benjamin is Back!

I’m sure this is obvious, but I’m saying it anyway: I love Breaking Benjamin. They rock my socks clear off my feet and straight into the washing machine. I love them.

Disclaimer: When I discuss rant about music, I get hyper. I lose my dignity. I turn into a thirteen-year-old girl. There will be gushing praise and general, amped excitement. If you’re expecting a review highlighting lyrical content, chord structure, etc. you’ll be disappointed. I’m just a girl who loves this band.

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About a week ago, BB released–nay, unveiled!–their new single on YouTube. I’ll get to that, but first, let’s take a look at their entire discography, shall we?


1) Saturate is easily my least favorite Breaking Benjamin album. On its own, it stands up as a solid album, but in comparison to their later material, this one just doesn’t hold up for me. Their first single “Polyamorous”, though awesome, isn’t even my favorite of the album. I actually prefer the acoustic version. Go figure.

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My favorite track from Saturate is…

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Acoustic > Original

When I started this blog, I figured I would only talk about writing. Lately, I’ve been focusing on music. But it’s my blog and I can do whatever I want. 😛

I have compiled a list of what I believe to be acoustic tracks that are superior to, or just as awesome as, their original versions. Here we go.

1) “Chandelier” Sia –> Better Than Original

It’s funny how you can put a dance beat on a song and everyone assumes it’s a feel-good tune. When you strip it and listen to the lyrics, it’s an honest portrayal of someone struggling with alcohol, and it becomes a completely different song. Sia has major pipes.

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