Album Review: Linkin Park – Living Things
In the lead up to the release of ‘’ there was plenty of hype about how it is raw like the of old. There was talk of how it would keep fans of ‘Hybrid Theory’ and ‘Meteora’ happy who had been let down by the band’s last couple of releases.
I’m not entirely sure what album they were listening to. ‘Living Things’ sounds like a combination of ‘Minutes to Midnight’ and ‘A Thousand Suns.’ In fact, imagine the latter without its running narrative, chop it down into 12 individual tracks, and you have ‘Living Things.’ The modern day sound of Linkin Park, that of part-band and part-machine, is still in full flow.
And that’s not a bad thing. If Chester was still screaming “shut up when I’m talking to you!” at this age it would be embarrassing, so it should be welcomed that Linkin Park are continuing to adapt and age gracefully.
While there were nuclear war-related quotes on ‘A Thousand Suns’, this time around things are much more simple and accessible. You could pick out any track to listen to whenever you wanted and enjoy it on its own – in that respect, this is much more like the old Linkin Park.
But the robotic sounds of ‘Lost in the Echo’ and ‘Lies Greed Misery’ are all modern day Linkin Park, and its use of electronic heaviness is refreshing in a mainstream populated by wobbly dubstep. With the possible exception of the furious ‘Victimized’ everything here is mainstream – it’s catchy, the lyrics are easy to remember, and the vocal melodies are, typical of Linkin Park, great.
After the epic experimental ‘A Thousand Suns’ it’s hard not to feel a little disappointed at the lack of depth on display. While each song is easy enough on the ear for multiple listens, the lack of an overall narrative makes it feel like a step backward in terms of development for the band.
That’s not to say the album isn’t enjoyable; it is. But after the massive statement left by the last album, ‘Living Things’ feels less rewarding, and in that sense, may indeed remind fans of the first two albums.
Rating – 7