Shallow Bay: The Best of Breaking Benjamin

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Shallow Bay: The Best of Breaking Benjamin
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Greatest hits album by Breaking Benjamin
Released August 16, 2011
Recorded 2001–2011
Genre
Length 55:50
Label Hollywood
Producer David Bendeth
Breaking Benjamin chronology
Dear Agony
(2009)Dear Agony2009
Shallow Bay: The Best of Breaking Benjamin
(2011)
Dark Before Dawn
(2015)Dark Before Dawn2015
Singles from Shallow Bay: The Best of Breaking Benjamin
  1. "Blow Me Away"
    Released: June 7, 2011
Deluxe edition cover
Deluxe edition cover
Deluxe edition cover
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 2.5/5 stars[1]
Loudwire 4/5 stars[2]

Shallow Bay: The Best of Breaking Benjamin is the first greatest hits album by American alternative metal band Breaking Benjamin, released on August 16, 2011 by Hollywood Records.[3] The album features every single released by the band from 2002's Saturate to 2009's Dear Agony, with the exception of the 2010 digital single version of "Blow Me Away"; instead featuring the remix of that track featuring vocals of Sydnee Duran of Valora. A two-disc deluxe version was released alongside it, featuring remastered versions of b-sides, covers, acoustic performances, live recordings, and other rarities.[4] Shallow Bay debuted at No. 22 on the Billboard 200, and sold an initial 13,700 copies.[5] It topped the Hard Rock Albums chart for three consecutive years, from 2011 to 2013, and also reached No. 4 on the Top Modern Rock/Alternative Albums and Top Rock Albums chart for 2011.[3]

Despite its name, the track "Shallow Bay" from Saturate does not appear on the album. The 2005 single "Rain" does not appear on the album either, but instead the 2004 studio version of the song which was never released as a single is also featured.[6]

Background and release[edit]

In March 2010, Hollywood Records requested that the band produce two new master recordings, sought permission to release a new version of the hit song "Blow Me Away", featuring Sydnee Duran of Valora, and requested the production of Shallow Bay.[7] In May 2011, guitarist Aaron Fink and bassist Mark Klepaski granted the record company's requests after they were offered a $100,000 payment. Burnley, alleging that Fink and Klepaski did not inform him, the band's management, or the band's lawyer, fired the two via email, demanding at least $250,000 in compensatory and punitive damages, as well as the exclusive right to the name "Breaking Benjamin". Fink and Klepaski's attorneys stated the two "dispute and strictly deny" Burnley's allegations, instead asserting that "at issue is the validity of a January 2009 partnership agreement giving Burnley permission to dismiss Fink and Klepaski for 'cause,'" saying that the agreement was no longer valid due to Burnley's status of indefinite hiatus. The case was ordered by a judge to arbitration.[8] Burnley's attorney, Brian Caplan, told the Associated Press, "The relationship between Mr. Burnley and the two other members of the band has ended ... Mr. Burnley intends on moving forward using the name Breaking Benjamin and the band will continue. It just won't continue in its prior configuration. He's not retiring."[9]

In August 2011, Hollywood Records scheduled the release of Shallow Bay, featuring every Breaking Benjamin single released, including the remix of "Blow Me Away". Burnley publicly opposed the album's release, saying content had been altered without his consent and did not meet his standards, refusing to consider it part of the official Breaking Benjamin catalog.[10] The disc received positive critical reception, Loudwire giving the compilation a score of 4 out of 5,[11] with The Daily Trojan praising it for balance and a progressive retrospective history, concluding with "For the first-timers, welcome to Breaking Benjamin."[12]

Track listing[edit]

Standard edition
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Polyamorous" (Saturate)
2:57
2. "Skin" (Saturate)
  • Burnley
  • Fink
  • Hummel
  • Klepaski
3:21
3. "Medicate" (Saturate)
  • Burnley
  • Fink
  • Hummel
  • Klepaski
3:46
4. "So Cold" (We Are Not Alone)
  • Burnley
  • Fink
  • Hummel
  • Klepaski
4:34
5. "Sooner or Later" (We Are Not Alone)
  • Burnley
  • Fink
  • Hummel
  • Klepaski
3:39
6. "Rain" (We Are Not Alone)
3:25
7. "The Diary of Jane" (Phobia)
  • Burnley
  • Fink
  • Klepaski
3:20
8. "Breath" (Phobia)
  • Burnley
  • Klepaski
3:38
9. "Until the End" (Phobia)
  • Burnley
  • Fink
  • Klepaski
4:13
10. "I Will Not Bow" (Dear Agony)
3:36
11. "Lights Out" (Dear Agony)
  • Burnley
  • Rauch
3:35
12. "Give Me a Sign" (Dear Agony) Burnley 4:19
13. "Blow Me Away" (featuring Valora)
  • Burnley
  • Fink
  • Hummel
  • Klepaski
3:09
14. "Water" (remastered EP version) Burnley 4:02
15. "Had Enough" (live acoustic) Burnley 4:16
Total length: 55:50[6]
Deluxe edition – disc one
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Polyamorous"
  • Burnley
  • Fink
  • Hummel
  • Klepaski
2:57
2. "Skin"
  • Burnley
  • Fink
  • Hummel
  • Klepaski
3:21
3. "Medicate"
  • Burnley
  • Fink
  • Hummel
  • Klepaski
3:46
4. "So Cold"
  • Burnley
  • Fink
  • Hummel
  • Klepaski
4:34
5. "Sooner or Later"
  • Burnley
  • Fink
  • Hummel
  • Klepaski
3:39
6. "Rain"
  • Burnley
  • Fink
  • Hummel
  • Klepaski
  • Corgan
3:25
7. "The Diary of Jane"
  • Burnley
  • Fink
  • Klepaski
3:20
8. "Breath"
  • Burnley
  • Klepaski
3:38
9. "Until the End"
  • Burnley
  • Fink
  • Klepaski
4:13
10. "I Will Not Bow"
  • Burnley
  • Rauch
3:36
11. "Lights Out"
  • Burnley
  • Rauch
3:35
12. "Give Me a Sign" Burnley 4:19
13. "Blow Me Away" (featuring Valora)
  • Burnley
  • Fink
  • Hummel
  • Klepaski
3:09
Total length: 47:32[6]
Deluxe edition – disc two
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Ordinary Man" (We Are Not Alone Japanese B-side)
  • Burnley
  • Fink
  • Hummel
  • Klepaski
3:31
2. "Water" (remastered EP version) Burnley 4:02
3. "Who Wants to Live Forever" (Queen cover) Brian May 3:12
4. "I Will Not Bow" (acoustic + strings mix)
  • Burnley
  • Rauch
4:06
5. "Better Days" (previously unreleased)
  • Burnley
  • Fink
  • Hummel
  • Klepaski
  • Corgan
3:23
6. "Polyamorous" (acoustic)
  • Burnley
  • Fink
  • Hummel
  • Klepaski
3:04
7. "Lie to Me" (previously unreleased)
  • Burnley
  • Fink
  • Hummel
  • Klepaski
4:05
8. "Lady Bug" (We Are Not Alone Japanese B-side)
  • Burnley
  • Fink
  • Hummel
  • Klepaski
3:02
9. "Enjoy the Silence" (Depeche Mode cover) Martin Gore 3:29
10. "Until the End" (live acoustic)
  • Burnley
  • Fink
  • Klepaski
4:41
11. "Breath" (live acoustic)
  • Burnley
  • Klepaski
4:56
Total length: 41:31[6]

Personnel[edit]

  • Benjamin Burnley – composer, vocals, guitar
  • Aaron Fink – lead guitar
  • Mark Klepaski – bass
  • Chad Szeliga – drums, percussion (PhobiaDear Agony)
  • Jeremy Hummel – composer, drums, percussion (SaturateWe Are Not Alone)
Additional musicians
  • David Bendeth – producer, mixing, keyboard, programming
  • Billy Corgan – composer, guitar ("Rain", "Better Days")
  • Suzie Catayama – strings arrangement (Saturate)[13]
  • Sydnee Duran – featured vocalist ("Blow Me Away")
  • Jonathan "Bug" Price – bass ("Water")

Chart positions[edit]

References[edit]

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