Saturate (Breaking Benjamin album)

Studio album by Breaking Benjamin
Released August 27, 2002 (USA)
May 18, 2004 (Europe)
Recorded April–May 2002 at Larrabee East in Los Angeles, CA and Royaltone Studios in North Hollywood, CA
Genre Alternative metal, post-grunge[1]
Length 49:15
Label Hollywood
Producer Ulrich Wild
Breaking Benjamin chronology
Breaking Benjamin
We Are Not Alone
Singles from Saturate
  1. "Polyamorous"
    Released: July 16, 2002
  2. "Skin"
    Released: February 18, 2003
  3. "Medicate"
    Released: May 6, 2003
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Saturate is the debut studio album by American rock band Breaking Benjamin. It was released on August 27, 2002 in North America through Hollywood Records and May 18, 2004 in Europe. The album features three singles, including "Polyamorous", "Skin", and "Medicate". The album was certified gold by the RIAA on September 15, 2015.[4]


After the commercial success of the band's lead single "Polyamorous", there was a dispute between the band and the studio on deciding on which they wanted to release as singles. The band wished for their song "Medicate", while the studio insisted on releasing "Skin" as a single. Eventually, the band decided to go with "Skin", despite some negative feedback with the band and the fairly poor success it reached. The original release of Saturate contained "Forever" as a separate track, whereas the newer enhanced versions came with the "Polyamorous" music video and ultimately featured the song embedded with "Shallow Bay". The album title is derived from a lyric in the song, "Wish I May". On September 14, 2002, Saturate peaked on the US Billboard 200 and Heatseekers charts at number 136 and number 2, respectively.[5]

There were also plans for a European release of the album containing the song "Lady Bug" and the Depeche Mode cover of "Enjoy the Silence," but this version of Saturate was never released in Europe, and as a result, neither track was released for the album. "Lady Bug" later appeared on their So Cold EP, and on the deluxe edition of their greatest hits compilation album Shallow Bay: The Best of Breaking Benjamin. "Enjoy the Silence" appeared on the compilation in the same version. The album was eventually released in Europe in 2006, but these tracks still were not included.

Track listing

All lyrics written by Benjamin Burnley; all music composed by Breaking Benjamin. 

1."Wish I May"  3:58
2."Medicate"  3:45
3."Polyamorous"  2:56
4."Skin"  3:20
5."Natural Life"  4:00
6."Next to Nothing"  3:43
7."Water"  4:12
8."Home"  3:37
9."Phase"  4:31
10."No Games"  3:35
11."Sugarcoat"  3:38
12."Shallow Bay"  4:05
13."Forever"  3:55
Total length:49:15


Breaking Benjamin
  • Jason Jordan – A&R
  • Larry Mazer & Tamra Feldman – Management for Entertainment Services
  • T42Design – Art Direction and Album Design
  • Matthew Welch – Band Photography
  • Dr. Lukas Altwegg – Cell Images

  • Ulrich WildProducer, engineer
  • Assistant engineering by Ted regier and Alex Reverberi
  • Vocals recorded May 2002 at Royaltone Studios in North Hollywood, California
  • Chris Wonzer – Assistant engineering
  • Bret Alexander & Paul Smith – Vocal production on "Water", and additional vocal production on "Shallow Bay" at Saturation Acres, PA
  • Chris Lord-AlgeMixing at Image Recording Studios, Hollywood, CA
  • Stephen MarcussenMastering at Marcussen Mastering
  • Susie Katayama and Benjamin Burnley – String arrangements

Chart positions

Chart (2002) Peak
US Billboard 200[6] 136
US Top Heatseekers[7] 2
Year Song US Alt.
US Main.
2002 "Polyamorous" 31 25
2003 "Skin" 37 24


Country Certification Sales
United States Gold[9] 500,000


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  2. Taylor, Jason D.. Saturate at AllMusic. Retrieved July 10, 2011.
  3. Farley, Mike. "Saturate Review". Retrieved July 10, 2011.
  5. "Billboard - Google Books". 2002-09-14. Retrieved 2012-08-11.
  6. "Saturate - Breaking Benjamin". Billboard.
  7. "Billboard - Google Books". 2003-09-14. Retrieved 2012-08-11.
  8. "Breaking Benjamin Alternative Songs Chart History". Billboard.
  9. "RIAA Database Search Results". Recording Industry Association of America.
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