Phobia (Breaking Benjamin album)

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Phobia
Studio album by Breaking Benjamin
Released August 8, 2006 (U.S.)
October 13, 2006 (EMI)
April 17, 2007 (Collector's Edition) March 4, 2008 (Europe)
Recorded March–May 2006 at The Barbershop Studios, Hopatcong, New Jersey
Genre Alternative metal, post-grunge
Length 43:30
Label Hollywood
Producer David Bendeth
Breaking Benjamin chronology
We Are Not Alone
(2004)
Phobia
(2006)
Dear Agony
(2009)
Singles from Phobia
  1. "The Diary of Jane"
    Released: June 6, 2006
  2. "Breath"
    Released: January 21, 2007
  3. "Until the End"
    Released: October 2, 2007
Alternative cover
EMI import cover
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars[1]
IGN 5.7/10 stars[2]
Ultimate Guitar 8.9/10 stars[3]

Phobia is the third studio album by American post-grunge/alternative metal band Breaking Benjamin. It was recorded at The Barbershop Studios in Hopatcong, New Jersey and released August 8, 2006 through Hollywood Records.

Overview[edit]

Phobia was released on August 8, 2006 and quickly sold out at major retail chains such as Best Buy and Target. The album sold 131,000 copies in its first week, which made it the fastest selling and highest charting Breaking Benjamin album to date, hitting #2 on the US Billboard Top 200. This is the first studio album Chad Szeliga recorded with the band. The intro track features the sound effects of an airport, namely a flight attendant announcing standard safety procedures and the sound of an airplane making its ascent, alluding to Benjamin Burnley's fear of flying, hence the inspiration for the album name, Phobia.[4]

The album reentered the Billboard 200 at number 38 on May 5, 2007 with its reissue. On May 21, 2009, the album was certified platinum by the RIAA.[5]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Benjamin Burnley

No. Title Length
1. "Intro"   1:13
2. "The Diary of Jane"   3:20
3. "Breath"   3:38
4. "You"   3:21
5. "Evil Angel"   3:41
6. "Until the End"   4:12
7. "Dance with the Devil"   3:47
8. "Topless"   3:03
9. "Here We Are"   4:18
10. "Unknown Soldier"   3:46
11. "Had Enough"   3:50
12. "You Fight Me"   3:12
13. "Outro"   2:09
Total length:
43:30

1The CD released with the Phobia Collector's Edition DVD also includes this track.

2This track is not listed on the albums back insert. When played, it appears as track 14, making "So Cold" track 15 and "Rain" track 16.

Collector's edition DVD track listing[edit]

  1. "Polyamorous"
  2. "Home"
  3. "Shallow Bay"
  4. "Breakdown"
  5. "Topless"
  6. "Away"
  7. "Intro"
  8. "The Diary of Jane"
  9. "Dance with the Devil"
  10. "Until the End"
  11. "Had Enough"
  12. "Sooner or Later"
  13. "Break My Fall"
  14. "So Cold"
  15. "Breath"
  16. "Evil Angel"

This DVD was released in April 2007. It includes the band's entire February 2007 concert at Stabler Arena in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.

Song information[edit]

  • "The Diary of Jane" is a hidden track song selection (#124) on the Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit roller coaster at Universal Studios Florida.[6]
  • "The Diary of Jane" was the fastest added song ever in Hollywood Records' history, and was featured in the video game NASCAR 07.
  • "Unknown Soldier" was about a man struggling through two wars and wanted to end them.
  • "You" was played live for the first time during an all acoustic set at Concert for a Cause IV in April 2007, while the band was still in the recording process. In an interview, Burnley revealed that he had mistakenly forgotten the second verse of the song during the set.
  • "Topless" is an old fan favorite, written and performed before the band had even released their debut album Saturate, in 1998 when the band first formed and was originally called "Top of the World".
  • "The Diary of Jane", and "Breath" were covered by a classical cover quartet tribute band called Vitamin String Quartet, and the covers of those songs appear on the albums Strung Out - the String Quartet Tribute and Hard Rock Hits, Vol. 4.
  • According to lead singer Benjamin Burnley on the Phobia DVD, the track "Evil Angel" was one of the first songs he wrote for Phobia.
  • The single "Until the End" is featured on Guitar Hero 5 as well as their other hit singles, "Sooner or Later" from We Are Not Alone and "Give Me a Sign" from Dear Agony as downloadable content in the game.

Personnel[edit]

Chart positions[edit]

Release details[edit]

Country Date Label Format
United Kingdom August 7, 2006 Hollywood Digital and Retail CD
United States August 8, 2006
Australia October 7, 2006

Gallery[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Apar, Corey. Phobia (Breaking Benjamin album) at AllMusic. Retrieved July 10, 2011.
  2. ^ "Breaking Benjamin - Phobia - Music Review at IGN". Music.ign.com. Retrieved 2012-08-11. 
  3. ^ comments policy  31  comments posted. "Phobia Review | Breaking Benjamin | DVD | Reviews @". Ultimate-guitar.com. Retrieved 2012-08-11. 
  4. ^ Annotations to Breaking Benjamin – Intro - RockGenius
  5. ^ RIAA - Searchable Database
  6. ^ Matt (2009-08-20). "Hidden songs confirmed on Rip Ride Rockit coaster". Orlando Attractions Magazine. Retrieved 2010-05-20. 
  7. ^ "New Zealand chart positions". charts.org.nz. 
  8. ^ a b c d "Phobia - Breaking Benjamin". Billboard. Retrieved 2011-08-24. 
  9. ^ "Digital Albums Week of August 26, 2007". Billboard. Retrieved 2011-09-13. 
  10. ^ "RIAA Database Search Results". Recording Industry Association of America.