Breath (Breaking Benjamin song)

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"Breath"
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Single by Breaking Benjamin
from the album Phobia
Released January 21, 2007
Recorded 2006
Genre Post-grunge, alternative metal, nu metal
Length 3:38
Label Hollywood
Writer(s) Benjamin Burnley, Mark Klepaski
Producer(s) David Bendeth
Certification Platinum (US)
Breaking Benjamin singles chronology
"The Diary of Jane"
(2006)
"Breath"
(2007)
"Until the End"
(2007)

"Breath" is a song by American post-grunge/alternative metal band Breaking Benjamin. It was released in January 2007 as the second single from their third album, Phobia. It was the band's fourth charted song on the U.S. Hot 100 overall, and the second from Phobia. Although "Breath" failed to capture the pop success of The Diary of Jane at No. 50 where "Breath" hit No. 84 on the Billboard Hot 100, it was more successful on the rock charts where it hit No. 1 on the US Mainstream Rock Tracks chart, making it Breaking Benjamin's first number-one hit staying there for seven weeks where "The Diary of Jane" hit No. 2 and it also hit No. 3 on the US Modern Rock Tracks chart tying with So Cold as their highest-charting single on the chart where "The Diary of Jane" hit No. 4. The single was certified platinum by the RIAA in 2015.[1]

Versions[edit]

The original version is the "Breath" off Phobia, which is 3:38 long. "Breath" also has a radio edit, which can be heard over public radio. The edit was mixed by Ian Van Dahl. "Breath" was No. 6 on the Top 40 Mix Edit charts of May 2008, it is 3:13 long. Generally, most active rock, mainstream rock and alternative rock stations still play the original version as of today. There is also another version of "Breath", but in a classical version. It is a cover song by Vitamin String Quartet and it's on the album Strung Out - The String Quartet Tribute to Hard Rock Hits, Vol.4, which can be found on iTunes.

Track listing[edit]

Promotional single No. 1
No. Title Length
1. "Breath"   3:38
2. "Breath"   3:38
3. "Breath"   3:38
All tracks written by Benjamin Burnley and Mark Klepaski
Promotional single No. 2
No. Title Length
1. "Breath (Top 40 mix, radio edit)"   3:13
2. "Breath (Top 40 mix, full length version)"   3:38
Promotional single No. 3
No. Title Length
1. "Breath (Pop mix)"   3:16
2. "Breath (Album version)"   3:38

Critical reception[edit]

Chuck Taylor of Billboard reviewed the song favorably, stating that its "foot-tapping beats and accessible melody are better appreciated when separated from its closely related siblings." He went on to say that the song has a "solid midtempo pace that peaks with another one of the band's climactic choruses."[2]

Charts[edit]

Chart (2007) Peak
position
Canada (Canadian Hot 100)[3] 87
US Billboard Hot 100[4] 84
US Alternative Songs (Billboard)[5] 3
US Mainstream Rock (Billboard)[6] 1

References[edit]

  1. ^ https://www.riaa.com/goldandplatinumdata.php?content_selector=gold-platinum-searchable-database
  2. ^ Taylor, Chuck (January 20, 2007). "Reviews - Singles". Billboard. 
  3. ^ "Breaking Benjamin – Chart history" Canadian Hot 100 for Breaking Benjamin. Retrieved April 9, 2015.
  4. ^ "Breaking Benjamin – Chart history" Billboard Hot 100 for Breaking Benjamin. Retrieved April 9, 2015.
  5. ^ "Breaking Benjamin – Chart history" Billboard Alternative Songs for Breaking Benjamin. Retrieved April 9, 2015.
  6. ^ "Breaking Benjamin – Chart history" Billboard Mainstream Rock Songs for Breaking Benjamin. Retrieved April 3, 2015.

External links[edit]

Preceded by
"Pain" by Three Days Grace
Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks number-one single
March 24, 2007 – May 5, 2007
Succeeded by
"What I've Done" by Linkin Park