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”

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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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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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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

The Breaking Benjamin Acoustic Album is Coming!

On Friday or Saturday, the boys teased us with an announcement coming Monday. Most people figured it was about the acoustic album, so it wasn’t much of a surprise. But I’m so ready.

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I’ve been waiting on an acoustic album for literally years. Can’t wait. Come to think of it…did they give us a date? Let me check… January 24?!?! Why announce this so early? Geez.

They’ve also announced they’re going on tour with Korn starting in January. I doubt I can make it to any of those. Time will tell.

Anyway, here’s the track list:

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My Top 20 Breaking Benjamin Songs

I’m not sure what possessed me, but I thought I’d attempt to compile my twenty favorite Breaking Benjamin songs. I’ve been wanting to make a playlist for when I can’t listen to all their songs in one go, so this just gave me the excuse to sort them as well. The top 5 were easy to rank, and everything after took way longer than it should’ve.

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I put a lot of time and thought into this, probably too much. For whatever reason, I wanted to get it right and really looked at each song as it’s own work and not in the context of the album. It’s not about which song sounds the best. Yes, I’m an adult and this is how I spend my time.

At first, I tried to choose a selection of songs from each album, but that’s not accurate. I like certain albums more than others, so I chose accordingly. Sorry, Saturate. So read on if you’d like my commentary. If you’re just here for the list, then check out the titles and see if you agree with my brilliance. And if you don’t like Breaking Benjamin, what are you even doing here?

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Here are some stats, if that’s your jam. My Top 20 is comprised of this many songs from each album:
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1                     3                      4                     6                       3                       3

On to the list already!

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20. Away

So fly away and leave it behind / Return some day with red in your eyes

Listen. This will sound crazy, but my favorite part of this song are the three drum beats right at the start. Why? I don’t know. I wish I could explain it.

Ben’s voice sounds so amazing on these verses. The feels. I love his voice on this whole album. It sounds richer, for lack of a better word. I hope they do more songs like this on future albums.

19. Hollow

Close your eyes, drive away the cloud that hides the light

Can we talk about that breath in the intro for a second? I mean, who decides to include that breath? Does Ben say, “Hey, guys, I’m thinking about breathing here. What do you think?” Does the manager say, “You know what, Ben? The intro is missing something. How about a single breath?” I want to thank whoever had the idea because I’m a big fan of Ben’s breathing.

Anyway.

I also love how it starts soft. Love. Lyrically, the first verse is amazing Ben must have been reading a self-help book when he was writing this. “Love left me hollow” is a pretty awesome line as well.

The guitar solo is exceptionally good. This is the first album with the current line-up, and I think Ben definitely upgraded.

18. Shallow Bay

I’m so inclined to make you mine / You’re out of line and out of time

I first heard this song on their concert DVD for Phobia, and I liked it the first time I heard it–which I can honestly say is not true for all Breaking Benjamin songs. I know, right? This may seem silly, but I remember loving the way Ben’s fingers looked when he played the riff before every line in the verse.

Saturate is my least favorite album, so this is actually the only song to make the cut. It’s not a bad album; it’s just their other songs are so far and above. That’s natural for a band as they progress. Though some bands get worse as they go. I’m rambling now.

For me, this is the kind of song you play when you want to feel tougher than you really are. Since I’m not tough at all, this is pretty effective.

Just a tiny detail, but for headphone users, I like how it starts only on the right side. #itsthelittlethings

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My Breaking Benjamin Marathon

On this day, August 22, 2019, Breaking Benjamin will be in VA. Do you know where I’ll be?

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Home. I’m home. Yep, home all day.

Yes, I know it’s #firstworldproblems, but I’m definitely bummed I’m not seeing BB tonight. The worst part is the reason. It’s not the money. It’s not the drive. It’s not the day/time. It’s because I had no one to go with. Because I don’t know anyone (in real life) who likes Breaking Benjamin–which is a crime in and of itself. And I don’t have the hutzpah to attend a concert by myself. So.

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In the wake of feeling sorry for myself, I’ve decided to have Breaking Benjamin Day–more so than any other day.

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Songs I’m Binging This Week #2

“There’s A Place” All American Rejects

If I find the strength to write a post I’ve been thinking about writing, you’ll see this song again. Short version: My novel’s main character looks 98% like Tyson Ritter–but like “Dirty Little Secret” era Tyson Ritter. But then I saw this video, and I couldn’t stop watching it. I mean, it’s Tyler. He’s real, and it’s just so weird to me. Surreal, actually. The whole vibe of the song and everything. I can’t. I. can’t. The thumbnail alone. It’s too much. Gah, I’m insane. Moving on.


“This is the Time” Nothing More

This is one of the first songs I featured when I started writing music posts. I listened to this on a loop for about twenty-five minutes the other night. I think I’m so stuck on this song because it came out during a time in my life where I needed a song to cling to. My job was a nightmare, and I remember coming home and just cranking this up and forgetting how horrible my day was.

I’m still in love with this line:

We always start with good intentions but lose ourselves along the way.

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