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.
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