Friday, July 20, 2012
The Left Over's of 'A Thousand Suns' Make for an Excellent Album
Quick Note: If you are expecting 'Hybrid Theory' or 'Meteora', you will be disappointed. If you take the band as a whole, through their beginning til now, you get Living Things.
After the drastic (and amazing) changes brought on by the bands last record, 'A Thousand Suns', Linkin Park blends together everything they have to make the newest album, 'Living Things'.
According to Chester and Mike, after the last album there was a lot of ideas still floating around and unused. So with a lot to work with, the band got to work right away with they new music, and it's amazing what has come out.
Using the electronic style from the last album, the band infuses a larger portion of tracks with the signature scream and anger. "Lost in the Echo", "Lies, Greed and Misery", and "Victimized" carry the rage of the passed albums, channeling it into new and unique ways, with "Lost in the Echo" using the same electronic and mixing of 'A Thousand Suns' while "Victimized" is the band's shot at a punk rock sound that comes off really well.
The album as a whole reflects a lot of personal feelings from the band and introspection is a large theme through out the album. "Castle of Glass", "Powerless", and "Skin to Bone" are all mellower, slower songs that have short, but heavy and thought provoking lyrics that require multiple listens through to truly appreciate.
Because of the origin of most of these songs, parts of the album blend very well together, much like the style of the past album. "Until if Breaks", "Tinfoil", and "Powerless" all flow beautifully together while "Victimized", "Roads Untraveled" and "Skin to Bone" comes together, but at more of a stretch.
Overall the album is a hit. It's a tribute to the band's feelings as a whole and how far they have come. It works as an excellent testate to the band's life as a whole and over all a great jumping in point for any new listeners, despite the shortest album length (a measly length of 36.9 minutes). I highly recommend this album to fans and newbies alike.
Here's a few links to give you more information about the band:
The official Site: http://www.linkinpark.com/
The Wiki Page: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Living_Things_%28Linkin_Park_album%29
The Music Video for 'Burn it Down': http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dxytyRy-O1k