Album Review: Linkin Park – LIVING THINGS
► Overall: 7.5/10
► Message: 7/10
► Musicality: 7.5/10
► Marketability: 8.5/10
► Is classic Linkin Park finally back? Not quite, but “LIVING THINGS” might be the best we’ll get. After listening to the first few songs, the tone of the record is readily set. 1) Lyrics aren’t as political. The more political LP got, the more whiny. Just because you’re an A-list band, doesn’t mean I want to hear your political conjecture. 2) The content is angrier and more energetic than recent releases! I guess that’s the reason the album/track titles are in all CAPS. (Overcompensate much?) “LIVING THINGS” seems to have been received well, and for good reason. Some losers here, but there are definitely some standouts too. “LIES GREED MISERY”, “I’LL BE GONE” and “LOST IN THE ECHO” are the album’s best offerings and they are also the most reminiscent of vintage LP. (Obviously by now you know how I ache for the sound of those good old days.) As a whole, the record doesn’t really progress, but the production is DENSE. (I guess that needs to be in CAPS because I really mean it.)
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“LIES GREED MISERY”
“I’LL BE GONE”
“LOST IN THE ECHO”
Released: Jun 19, 2012
℗ 2012 Warner Bros. Records Inc.