Dear Agony, Breaking Benjamin's fourth studio album , released in August 2009, is by far Breaking Benjamin's best album.
With powerful, emotional, and thoughtful lyrics, Benjamin tells a tale of distress, love, and indivuality. "I Will Not Bow" is saying you won't change yourself, you will just shut the world away if you have to, but you won't be something your not to please others. Its just saying, you are yourself no matter what, and you won't bow down to anyone.
"Without you" is saying you need someone inparticular and special to you by your side to make it through the rough times. Everyone needs someone like that, do they not? "Sing something new, I have nothing left. I can't face the darkness without you." Most people have said something similar to that, just not as poetically as Benjamin Burnley.
I can also see the song being about wanting someone there, but they are not near you at all. At the end of the song, Benjamin says, "I forgive you, forget you. The end." Not sure what way he ment it exactly, but my personal take on it was he wnats them there but in the end you'll forgive them for not being there, and forget them because they're not there for you like they claimed. Its jsut a matter of protecting your own heart.
The title track, "Dear Agony", is simply starting that you're broken and beaten down, just wanting the pain to go away. All the songs on this album are incredibly written, and contemplative, but a few songs really stood out to me. "I Will Not Bow", "Without You", "Dear Agony", and "Anthem Of The Angels."
Someone close to Benjamin must have died, as "Anthem Of The Angels" is basically saying
its ok to let go of their life, that they don't have to hold on for him. "Sing
the anthem of the angels." What else could that possibly mean?
Because of the lyrics, and the music being amazing, I have no other
choice but to give this album five stars.
Three Days Grace's third studio album, Life Starts Now was released in
September 2009, and is an album to live by. This mostly applies to a situation
where another person has hurt you greatly, and you're recovering from it.
After listening to the album several times, an idea hit me very hard. Rearrange the order of the songs, and you can clearly see that this album really can get you through a rough time. Take a look at my theory. Please keep in mind, this is all my personal take on the album, not nessicarily what Three Days Grace intended with the album.
Start the album with "World So Cold", because at this point you are cynical and bitter of the world, or people in some cases, and you want to get away, so "Break" would be next. Following, "Break" would be "Goin' Down", since you want to beat down whoever or whatever had been bringing you down. Then, of course, as we have all experienced, the doubts come and you start wondering if its the right thing to do. You may even begin missing who or what was hurrting you. Because of this, next would be, "Without You." Simply because, it says, "I'm nothing without you.". "Someone Who Cares" also seems fitting for this spot, because it asks the question, "Why is it so hard to find someone who cares about you?"
To stop this, you start thinking about the good times, possibly making you miss it even more, so "Lost In You" works here very well. With the good times, there are also some bad times, and you may start contemplating how people treat you, and how some people are, so here is "Bully". Obviously, you don't want those kinds of people around, and you want them to suffer at least for a little while. Sometimes this means making them be out of the loop, so "Last To Know" would be here. At some point, you can't help but feel like its all too much, and you just can't take anymore. Naturally, "No More" would work, because it says, "No more, I can't take it."
However, no matter how bad life seems to get, it always turns around. You will be able to see this with time, and start longing for it. "The Good Life", would be perfect.
Finally, life stops beating you down, and you can finally feel relieved again. "Life Starts Now" would still be the final track.
If this doesn't make any sense to anyone other than me, I do apologize. It made perfect sense to me, and this was all written spur of the moment because I had the idea. This is not fully an album review, but I'm sure anyone can gather my take on it. I adore this album, and this band. This album, without a question, gets five stars.
All reviews have the date they were written, the album title, and the band's name, with the exception of Life Starts Now by Three Days Grace and Dear Agony by Breaking Benjamin. Those dates were guessed at, as they were written well before the website began.