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We Are Not Alone
     

We Are Not Alone

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by Breaking Benjamin
 

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On We Are Not Alone, Breaking Benjamin's sophomore effort for Hollywood, the Philadelphia quartet still enjoys coursing the downcast dynamics and dour cerebrals of early Tool through post-grunge's more accessible melodics. Vocalist/guitarist Ben Burnley channels Maynard

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On We Are Not Alone, Breaking Benjamin's sophomore effort for Hollywood, the Philadelphia quartet still enjoys coursing the downcast dynamics and dour cerebrals of early Tool through post-grunge's more accessible melodics. Vocalist/guitarist Ben Burnley channels Maynard James Keenan throughout "So Cold" and "Simple Design," and fills their shadows with scary roars. But the choruses are as uplifting and hopeful as anything from 3 Doors Down, and the latter even features a quiet acoustic interlude. It's this baiting of the darker mental animal while realizing the power of a cool hard rock riff that drives We Are Not Alone. "Why am I so pathetic?" asks Burnley in "Sooner or Later." "Help me break my conscience in," goes "Break My Fall," "To free us from our innocence." Both cuts stick to the familiar formula of introducing huge chords before dwelling on the personal struggle in the verses, only to surge toward hopeful choruses. In this, Breaking Benjamin is quite capable. They understand that it can't be all gloom and doom all the time -- that the people need some light at the end of the tunnel. Alone's choruses offer that urgency throughout, but "Forget It" takes it to heart. With its whispering synthesizers, layered guitar effects (Billy Corgan guests), and filtered harmonies, the cut is a warm departure from the album's bruised push forward. We Are Not Alone has its moments of genre-aping filler, and Burnley's delivery does at times seem forced -- he just sounds so much like his peers. But We Are Not Alone is still a solid second effort, with plenty of appeal for fans of groups like Crossfade, Default, and Smile Empty Soul.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/29/2004
Label:
Hollywood Records
UPC:
0720616242822
catalogNumber:
162428
Rank:
21052

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Breaking Benjamin   Primary Artist
David Bendeth   Keyboards
Billy Corgan   Guitar
Wayne Davis   Keyboards
J. Colangelo   Drums
Jeremy Hummel   Percussion,Drums
Ben Burnley   Guitar,Vocals
Mark James Klepaski   Bass Guitar
Aaron Fink   Guitar
Marcus James   Bass Guitar

Technical Credits

David Bendeth   Arranger,Producer,Audio Production
Billy Corgan   Composer
Wayne Davis   Programming
Breaking Benjamin   Arranger,Composer
Ben Burnley   Composer
Dan Korneff   Engineer
Valerie Zyriek   Studio Coordinator

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We Are Not Alone 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 32 reviews.
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this title has alot of things to offer to a different variety of listeners, such as acoustic songs, hard rock, and catchy tunes for u pop listeners. I love the way they express themselves thro their music. i'm not going to lie i wasn't a big listener of the band until i heard "so cold", this song is just a masterpiece, i couldn't get enough of it, much to my surpirse when i heard all the tracks were this good, bought it the first day it came out, and the only thing i regret is that i didn't buy it earlier in the day, i suggest u do ur ears a favor and go get this cd.
Guest More than 1 year ago
once in a life time does an album like this comes out. BREAKING BENJAMIN has the most creative music you can find they have 2 be the best band out there right. just go out and buy it trust me this album is sooooooooo GOOD! B&B 4 life!
Guest More than 1 year ago
i love every single songs in this album. and ben's voice is soo hott!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I like this CD a lot. It's just good from "So Cold" to "Rain." "Rain" is my 3rd favorite song on the CD. You have to get this CD. I haven't gotten the first one yet but I will. Jeremy Hummel does a great job in every single on with the drums. This band is the real deal. Every song is good. If you like metal and just hard rock then you'll like this album.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Very good album. one of my fav rock cds ever.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Anyone who can honestly give this cd less than 4 stars has a lot of guts. This band took me a little getting used to with their previous cd, which is still good, but this cd just did it for me. Breaking Benjamin is one of the best new bands to treasure.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this cd is a great follow up to saturate. you really need to hear this cd to believe it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Breaking Benjamin's second effort, "We're Not Alone Here" is a solid modern hard-rock effort, akin to bands like Pacifier, Lifer, and Tool. There's not much difference between this and their debut, "Saturate", but it's obvious the band has built up their songwriting techniques. There's plenty of hooks and harmonies to keep the alternative, more mainstream metal fans happy, but there's also a lot of punch to keep the more singular and traditional content as well. "So Cold" is an excellent display of what this group has to offer -- well-executed verse-chorus-verse structures, dual guitar-layered harmonies, and plenty of diversity. While this record might not be the most original, it sure is consistent enough to keep the listener from really asking all that many questions.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i listen to this cd every day. it is seriously the best rock cd of the year. the best songs are #1,3,4,8. get this cd it is awesome.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This CD is realy cool, man! You will want to listen to this CD for the rest of your life!!! My favorates are, so cold, simple design, break my fall, forget it, breakdown, and all the other songs. This CD is their best one yet!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Sooner or later an album like this was going to come out. I love "Sooner or Later" and I love Breaking Benjamin even more. GET THIS ALBUM!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Breaking Benjamin’s second effort “We are not alone,” is an awesome album which the band really pulls through with all the different types of rock. Track 2,8, and, 10 are really hard and instrumental, while track 1,3,6, and, 11 are more calm and have meaningful lyrics. The band is just flat out great in all types of rock. This is the CD that you will still listen to five years from now and will still know all of the words to it. This CD is well worth the price and is suitable for almost all age groups, except maybe for elementary kids and old people, but other wise anyone who really likes music.
Guest More than 1 year ago
An awesome follow-up to Saturate Breaking Benjamin is back and back big time with the tracks "So Cold" and "Follow" really being awesome. Reccommended to everyone.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I don't regret buying this album in anyway.
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