Review: Linkin Park – LIVING THINGS
“LIVING THINGS is the band at its finest in years…”
Artist Name: Linkin Park
Album Name: LIVING THINGS
Genre: Alternative Rock/Electronic Rock
Having heard ‘Burn It Down’ a few months ago, I was already convinced that LIVING THINGS was going to be a million times better than A Thousand Suns (I consider it Linkin Park’s Lulu). You see, since Minutes to Midnight, I haven’t expected another Hybrid Theory or Meteora; I’ve just prayed for Linkin Park to write a good album – irrespective of genre or fan expectations – because bands evolve and change. So, get over it.
Well, it seems like my prayers have been heard, because LIVING THINGS is the band at its finest in years. Sure, there are still the blandly dud radio-friendly tracks (namely: ‘In My Remain’, which will be a shoo-in as the official song for Transformers 4, and the fittingly titled closer, ‘Powerless’), but you’ve also got Linkin Park at their most vicious, such as on the heavier than hell, ‘Victimized’, and the scream sections of ‘Lost in the Echo’ and ‘Lies Greed Misery’, and energetic.
The most noticeable characteristic of LIVING THINGS is that the rock is back at the forefront – not like the blatant musical dress-up of Massive Attack with U2 wristbands on A Thousand Suns, which failed miserably. The album is certainly a return-to-roots i.e. the big guitar hooks, giant choruses and Chester Bennington’s crazy-good voice, while the healthy layer of electronics is only utilised to accentuate the songs. For example, tracks, such as ‘Lost in the Echo’, ‘I’ll Be Gone’, ‘Skin to Bone’ and ‘Until It Breaks’, shine even more brightly because of the injection of electronica. In short, LIVING THINGS is firmly planted in rock territory with an electro twist.
Let’s be blunt here: no matter what Linkin Park produce, there will be those who’ll always cry for the days of Meteora or Hybrid Theory – but that’s not going to happen. The group has constantly reaffirmed that they’ve moved away from the nu metal sound. However, if you listen to LIVING THINGS with an open mind, you’ll probably find it to be a really good alternative rock fused with electronica record. Welcome back to the party, LP!
Best Tracks: ‘Lost in the Echo’, ‘I’ll Be Gone’, and ‘Victimized’
- Sergio Pereira