Let's face it. A lot of us somewhere have listened to a Linkin Park
song and thought it to be pretty good. Hybrid Theory
are their best selling records and it's clear why. They're really decent and it actually shed some light on the Pop Rock scene. Then they've released several albums afterwards that paled in comparison to the two. As many recognize, A Thousand Suns
often ranks as the worst album for a lot of people. Minutes till Midnight had a similar functionality to Meteora
but it failed to deliver. Then Living Things
was released in early 2012
with mixed reviews. Though, everyone essentially agreed that album was their best since Meteora
but still couldn't live up to it. Now this record is release in 2014. And
I must say it's a welcoming change and it definitely ranks higher then Living Things
. Though this one has received some poor reviews this album is actually good. This record seems to go back to the older roots of hard rock and techno styles which is what made their first records great. It had a delicate balance between both.
Let's begin with their first single from this record Guilty All the Same featuring Rakim. No idea who this person is and you don't really hear him honestly. But it took Given Up
and mixed it with the technicalities of Crawling
and it actually works. The feature artist is the only thing lacking in this track. However, it is a great single all things considered. Next
is Until It's Gone
the second single for this record. It reminds me a lot of Numb which is welcomed definitely. The drummer honestly shines here even if it's moderately simplistic but he gets the job done.
This record features everything that made Hybrid Theory
guitars and faster paced drums which were severely gone from their other records. It's a nice refresher to their older fans.
Now the bad. There seems to be a lack of consistency between songs. And
the vocals end up becoming whiny a little. The featured artists aren't really noticeable and honestly serve no point. However the better of the three tracks with a feature is Drawbar.
I gave this record a 17/20 because it's a great step forward from their older material. It's a symbol of what we should be accommodated with them. It's a great record. Pick it up if you see it.