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Phobia [CD/DVD]
     

Phobia [CD/DVD]

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by Breaking Benjamin
 

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Breaking Benjamin are nothing if not consistent. Phobia finds them picking up exactly where they left off with 2004's We Are Not Alone, mixing heavy hard rock dynamics with a moody demeanor that never slips into full-on dejection, thanks in part to their proficient grasp of the accessible melody and ever-rousing chorus.

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Breaking Benjamin are nothing if not consistent. Phobia finds them picking up exactly where they left off with 2004's We Are Not Alone, mixing heavy hard rock dynamics with a moody demeanor that never slips into full-on dejection, thanks in part to their proficient grasp of the accessible melody and ever-rousing chorus. Darkness permeates Phobia's tracks (bookended by a useless intro and outro), but the quartet always remembers the silver lining hanging in its oft-cloudy skies. Songs like "Until the End" exhibit this resilient attitude, affirming that while life can be tough, "Why give up? Why give in?…So I will go on until the end." Breaking Benjamin mix urgent up-front vocals with dense underside riffing ("The Diary of Jane," "Topless"), while still being able to effortlessly pull off songs with vulnerable edges ("Here We Are," "Breath"). This is heard even more in the gentle acoustic version of "The Diary of Jane" not listed on the back cover; it sounds natural and not just like a strained bonus novelty -- featuring Dropping Daylight's Sebastian Davin, the version may even be better than the original. As is often the case, certain tracks work out much better than others, as in the tough angst of "Dance with the Devil" versus the forced warbling of "Unknown Soldier." The main problem with the guys has always been that while everything is pulled off capably, there isn't always much to distinguish them from the rest of the post-grunge/alt-metal pack or really, each of their songs from one another. But what Breaking Benjamin lack in distinctiveness, they make up in a certain charm that makes them 100 times more appealing than most of their testosterone-clogged peers. Phobia will not win over any skeptics still holding out on the band, but for those already happily settled in the Benjamin camp, it makes for another satisfying listen. [The 2007 CD/DVD edition added a DVD of live bonus material (the band's first one) recorded at a hometown show in February 2007.]

Product Details

Release Date:
04/17/2007
Label:
Hollywood Records
UPC:
0050087103330
catalogNumber:
000027700
Rank:
30219

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Breaking Benjamin   Primary Artist
Mark James   Bass,Bass Guitar
Ben Burnley   Guitar,Vocals
Aaron Fink   Guitar
Sebastian Davin   Track Performer
Chad Szeliga   Drums
Dave Eggar   Cello

Technical Credits

David Bendeth   Arranger,Producer,Audio Production
Kamil Vojnar   Cover Photo
Larry Mazer   Management
Scott Treibitz   Cello Arrangement
Lincoln Wheeler   Marketing
John Bender   Engineer
Tamra Feldman   Management
Evan Haiman   Executive Producer
Breaking Benjamin   Composer
Ben Burnley   Composer
Dan Korneff   Engineer
Hank Lena   Director
Domenic J. Cotter   Producer
Brad Mackie   Lighting Director

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Phobia 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 35 reviews.
gamer2030 More than 1 year ago
Love it! my favorite song is The diary of Jane!
Guest More than 1 year ago
The CD is great, but the song "Until the End" helped change, perhaps even save my life. It may sound strange, but something about that song changed the way I think about myself in a time when drugs were tearing my life apart and leading me to contemplate suicide. This song helped me through those times and kept me from giving up, and I am now completely clean for the first time in over a year.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I know it'll be very hard to top "We Are Not Alone" which is one of the best rock CD's ever but iv got a good feeling about this one.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Upon my first listen to "Phobia", I thought that it was a step down from "We Are Not Alone", but after letting the music soak in after playing the record a few times, I started to really get into it. The first single, "The Diary of Jane", successfully mixes the heaviness of the synocapted riffs a la Sevendust with the trademark epic choruses that BB is known for. "Breath" and "Evil Angel" follow suit with their memorable choruses. The only letdowns are "Topless", an old BB song that doesn't match up to the quality of the rest of the record, as well as "You Fight Me", which isn't exactly the best album closer. Yet, standout tracks such as "Unknown Soldier" and "Here We Are", which has an excellent solo reminiscient of the classic rock days, make up for these blunders. Overall, "Phobia" proves that Breaking Benjamin are here to stay and don't plan on leaving anytime soon.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Breaking Benjamin have gone far in the past few years. Not only have they improved their writing and playing style, they hav ematured in a way that truly shows they have what it takes to go the distance. This album is deep and thought provoking, and much like MCR's Black Parade, covers a central theme while not beating you to death with it. If you like hard rock or never even thought you could, these guys fit the bill everytime.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I'm so psyched for the new cd! I loved We Are Not Alone! And I love the new song "Diary of Jane" it's so good!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Awesome cd..... Enough said
Guest More than 1 year ago
great cd...altho its a bit different from WANA. the songs are kind of mellow....but they're still great. BB has to be the greatest band ever! and Ben is soooo HOT!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Breaking Benjamin,out did them selfs again. There hardcore songs are the best, like Breath, Topless,Dairy of Jane, an Dance with the devil. Can't wait for what they make next.
Guest More than 1 year ago
in the beginning, I wasn't really into this band, but my fiance bought this album, and it was that "great next CD I needed to hear". I listen to this album everyday now, and all the songs are worth listening to. Numbers 3 and 14 are my favorite.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This cd is amazing. It's completely different from their other cds (which I love them all), but it does indeed seem to have a theme. I believe themes in cds are here to stay, and with very good reason. Have you listened to My Chemical Romance, Nine Inch Nails, Depeche Mode, or COLD's new cds? They all have themes and their all stellar. The song that sticks out most from this cd is "Here We Are."
Hall11 More than 1 year ago
Phobia is one of my favorite albums of all time. The listing of songs on Phobia is one of the best I have ever heard. Phobia hit the shelves on August 8, 1996 in the US. In its first week it sold 131,000 copies, the fastest selling and highest charting Breaking Benjamin album to date, hitting #2 on the US Billboard Top 200. Apparently I'm not the only person who likes it. Breaking Benjamin is an alternate metal band. Phobia was the band's third studio album. Previous albums included Saturate and We Are Not Alone. Phobia does the most for me though. Song listing was as follows: Intro, The Diary Of Jane ( which hit #50 on the Billboard Hot 100, #2 on the Mainstream Rock Tracks, #4 on the Modern Rock Tracks, #46 on the Billboard Pop 100, and #34 on the Hot Digital Songs in 2006 ), Breath ( which hit #84 on the Billboard Hot 100, #1 on Mainstream Rock Tracks, and #3 on Modern Rock Tracks in 2006 ), You, Evil Angel, Until The End ( which hit #122 on the Billboard Hot 100, #6 on the Mainstream Rock Tracks, and #21 on the Modern Rock Tracks in 2006 ), Dance With The Devil, Topless, Here We Are, Unknown Soldier, Had Enough, You Fight Me, Outro, and The Diary Of Jane ( Acoustic ) ( a Best Buy exclusive track ). The beginning song, Intro, is a distinguished rock melody. The second song, the Diary of Jane, earns all the credit it has been given. This song has all the key components: It makes sense, the drumbeat is incredible, and the guitarist is amazing. The third song, Breath, has awesome lyrics. The next song, You, is amazing, and I can't explain why. Then you have the fifth song, Evil Angel, has one of the best drumbeats I have ever heard in a song. The beginning is amazing and so is the rest of the song. Evil Angel is definitely one of my most favorite on the album. The sixth song, Until the End, is just outstanding, and has some of the best lyrics on the album. The next song, Dance with the Devil, has an awesome guitar part in the beginning, and an awesome guitar part in the middle and end. Why was he left for dead, helpless, and standing?! The next song, Topless, has an incredible rhythm, everything mixes together nicely. Then, the ninth song, Here We Are, is one of my favorites, and has a very nice solo. Pick the pieces up! The next song, Unknown Soldier, has an awesome beginning, the sound of a helicopter's rotor slowly coming in then out again, you then hear the band playing. It also has great guitar solo. The eleventh song, Had Enough, another one of my favorites, has incredible lyrics. The whole song is incredibly put together. The next song, You Fight Me, is one of the mellowest songs on the album. It has an awesome, mellow rhythm. The final song, Outro, is an instrumental melody to finish your meal of Phobia. The fourteenth song, an add-on from Best Buy, Diary of Jane (Acoustic), features the song played on piano and acoustic guitar, it is much mellower than the non-acoustic version. Phobia is no doubt my favorite Breaking Benjamin album of all-time, and forever will be. My favorite songs are.well.all of them! I recommend this album to anyone who likes rock music. I recommend this album to anyone who doesn't like rock music! If you have never heard Breaking Benjamin before, if you listen to Phobia, you will never forget them. This album is unforgettable and a have-to-have.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i use to hate breaking benjamin, but i wanted to try to like them. and when i bought the cd i couldnt stop listening to it. their lyrics are very cleverly written. trust me this cd rocks, im listening to it right now!!!!!
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