Living Things

Living Things

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by Linkin Park
     
 

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Linkin Park got pretty moody on 2010's A Thousand Suns, settling into a sulky electronica groove that pretty much screamed "growing pains" to anybody who listened closely. On its 2012 sequel, Living Things, Linkin Park attempts to graft guitars back onto their newly mature musical outlook, and the reintroduction of visceralSee more details below

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Linkin Park got pretty moody on 2010's A Thousand Suns, settling into a sulky electronica groove that pretty much screamed "growing pains" to anybody who listened closely. On its 2012 sequel, Living Things, Linkin Park attempts to graft guitars back onto their newly mature musical outlook, and the reintroduction of visceral force certainly helps give this album a pulse lacking on A Thousand Suns. It's hardly a step back to the old angst-ridden rap-rockers of the turn of the millennium, however. Admirably, Linkin Park revels in a near-middle-aged angst, letting their songs address adult concerns and giving their productions contours and texture; the additional noise isn't an expression of fury, it's used to enhance the drama. Generally, the songs feel sharper on Living Things -- there is definition to their structure, some of the choruses catch hold without too much effort -- but this album remains one of sustained mood, not individual moments. And in that regard, Living Things handily trumps A Thousand Suns: it doesn't stay still, it peaks and ebbs, flowing steadily between brooding and explosions of repressed rage, a fitting soundtrack for aging rap-rockers who are comfortable in their skin but restless at heart.

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Product Details

Release Date:
06/26/2012
Label:
Warner Bros / Wea
UPC:
0093624950486
catalogNumber:
531345
Rank:
20884

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Linkin Park   Primary Artist
Mike Shinoda   Vocals,Group Member
Chester Bennington   Vocals,Group Member
Brad Delson   Group Member
Rob Bourdon   Group Member
Dave "Phoenix" Farrell   Group Member
Joe Hahn   Group Member

Technical Credits

Brian Gardner   Mastering
Rick Rubin   Producer
Mike Shinoda   Composer,Producer,Engineer
Linkin Park   Composer
Chester Bennington   Composer
Brad Delson   Additional Production
Ethan Mates   Engineer
Frank Maddocks   Icon
Jerry Johnson   Drum Technician
Brandon Parvini   Artwork

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