I’m listening to Breaking Benjamin’s “Breath” and I’m conflicted.
I love it. But they are fundamentally imitators. They want to be some kind of cross between Tool and Coheed and Cambria. Yet they are neither.
This concerns me. His voice is amazing and carries the band. But their songwriting is both weak and deeply grooving. And…what…deceitful? Yes. I can’t put my finger on what song is being pillaged when he sings “Is it over yet / in my head?”
And “This will be all over soon”…goddamit. The song he’s stealing from is at the tip of my tongue.
So much for my critical faculties.