Meteora

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Barnes & Noble - David Sprague
Considering that several million people were won over by the hard-rock-meets-hip-hop sound of Linkin Park's multi-platinum debut, Hybrid Theory -- one of the most successful rock debuts of the last decade -- it's no surprise that the Los Angeles group stick pretty close to the same recipe on their follow-up, Meteora. "Hit the Floor," replete with whiplash time changes and Chester Bennington's signature howls, is probably the disc's heaviest moment, while the speed-crazed "Breaking the Habit" concentrates on hitting that perfect beat. The fellas in Linkin Park do, however, take a few liberties with the recipe this time around, stretching out on the dusky instrumental ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - David Sprague
Considering that several million people were won over by the hard-rock-meets-hip-hop sound of Linkin Park's multi-platinum debut, Hybrid Theory -- one of the most successful rock debuts of the last decade -- it's no surprise that the Los Angeles group stick pretty close to the same recipe on their follow-up, Meteora. "Hit the Floor," replete with whiplash time changes and Chester Bennington's signature howls, is probably the disc's heaviest moment, while the speed-crazed "Breaking the Habit" concentrates on hitting that perfect beat. The fellas in Linkin Park do, however, take a few liberties with the recipe this time around, stretching out on the dusky instrumental "Sessions" and stripping away just about all the rock trappings for a straight-ahead hip-hop workout, "Nobody's Listening," which borrows the Beasties' tried-and-true flute-loop backdrop to good effect. Much like their last outing, Meteora is a breathless blast of sound: The songs are spliced together with samples and all manner of sonic effluvia, which sustains the momentum and keeps noise levels at a fever pitch. Drawing on their tested sonic formula, Linkin Park once again shoot high -- and hit the mark.
All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Perhaps if the cut-'n'-paste remix record Reanimation hadn't appeared as a stopgap measure in the summer of 2002, Linkin Park's second record, Meteora, would merely have been seen as a continuation of their 2000 debut, Hybrid Theory, instead of a retreat to familiar ground. Then again, Reanimation wasn't much more than a way to buy time along with maybe a little credibility, so it's unfair to say that its dabbling in electronica and hip-hop truly pointed toward a new direction for the group, but it did provide a more interesting listening experience than Meteora, which is nothing more and nothing less than a Hybrid Theory part two. Which isn't to say that Linkin Park didn't put any effort into the record, since it does demonstrate that the group does stand apart from the pack by having the foresight to smash all nu-metal trademarks -- buzzing guitars, lumbering rhythms, angsty screaming, buried scratching, rapped verses -- into one accessible sound which suggests hooks instead of offering them. More importantly, the group has discipline and editing skills, keeping this record at a tight 36 minutes and 41 seconds, a move that makes it considerably more listenable than its peers and, by extension, more powerful, since they know where to focus their energy, something that many nu-metal bands simply do not. It must be said that there will surely be consumers out there that will question paying a $19.99 retail for a 36-minute-and-41-second record, though some may prefer getting a tight, listenable record at that price instead of a meandering 70-minute mess. So, it must be said that Meteora does deliver on the most basic level -- it gives the fans what they want, and it does so with energy and without fuss. It's also without surprises, either, which again gives the album a static feeling -- suggesting not a holding pattern for the band, but rather the limits of their chosen genre, which remains so stylistically rigid and formulaic that even with a band who follows the blueprint well, like Linkin Park, it winds up sounding a little samey and insular. Since this is only their second go-round, this is hardly a fatal flaw, but the similarity of Meteora to Hybrid Theory does not only raise the question of where do they go from here, but whether there is a place for them to go at all.
Rolling Stone - Barry Walters
The combination of [drummer Rob Bourdon's] intricate thrashing and the band's improved songwriting makes Meteora more than yet another remix of its predecessors.
Entertainment Weekly - Tom Sinclair
[Meteora offers] music that's by turns pretty, bludgeoning, and rhythmic. (B+)

The combination of [drummer Rob Bourdon's] intricate thrashing and the band's improved songwriting makes Meteora more than yet another remix of its predecessors.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/25/2003
  • Label: Warner Bros / Wea
  • UPC: 093624818625
  • Catalog Number: 48186
  • Sales rank: 10,345

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Foreword (0:14)
  2. 2 Don't Stay (3:08)
  3. 3 Somewhere I Belong (3:34)
  4. 4 Lying from You (2:55)
  5. 5 Hit the Floor (2:44)
  6. 6 Easier to Run (3:24)
  7. 7 Faint (2:42)
  8. 8 Figure.09 (3:18)
  9. 9 Breaking the Habit (3:16)
  10. 10 From the Inside (2:55)
  11. 11 Nobody's Listening (2:59)
  12. 12 Session (2:25)
  13. 13 Numb (3:09)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Linkin Park Primary Artist
Charlie Bisharat Violin
Larry Corbett Celli
Joel Derouin Violin
Mark Robertson Violin
Evan Wilson Viola
David Zasloff Shakuhachi
Sara Parkins Violin
Joseph Hahn Background Vocals, Sampling
Mike Shinoda Vocals, Master of Ceremonies, Sampling
Bob Becker Viola
Chester Bennington Vocals
Brad Delson Guitar, Background Vocals
Rob Bourdon Drums, Background Vocals
Dan Smith Celli
Michele Richards Violin
Technical Credits
Brian Gardner Mastering
Don Gilmore Producer
Steve Sisco Digital Editing
John Ewing Jr. Engineer
Joseph Hahn Records
Mike Shinoda String Arrangements
Linkin Park Composer, Producer
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    more from this reviewer

    Park Rocks!

    By far my favorite cd out of the 3!

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    linkin park best album ever made

    this band just keeps getting better and better with each album they release this band is just amazing just amazing this band is the best of the best

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    freaky dinky

    excellent, as good as hybrid theory, and much better then minutes to midnight. YOU have to listen to numb, breaking the habit, somewhere i belong and dont stay.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Good

    This album was one of those albums that had like four really good songs and then all the other songs were alright. If you are a Linkin Park fan then you should get this album. If you are just starting to listen to Linkin Park then i would recomend to get Minutes to Midnight first.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A reviewer

    Lp makes everything sound good!!!!!! best cd yet

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    An talk show host's theme

    I wouldn't know if any one has recognized this, but the third track "SOMEWHERE I BELONG" is the main theme to syndicated talk show host Mark Levin. It's used to begin and end the show as well as when it goes to commercials. Otherwise, the rest of the album is awesome!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A reviewer

    Well, at 1st I bought this CD and I was like.. why did I waste my money? Then I just found it (2 weeks ago after it went missing for 3years) and I loved it. It (for some wierd reason) reminded me of my favorite books and someone that I really liked. I have nooo idea how that happened but yeah.. Its a good CD.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Linkin Park Rocks!

    linkin park is an excellent mix of hip-hop and rock mixed. definately suggest ths cd to everyone.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Totally Awesome!

    I LOVE this cd! The absolute BEST $17 dollars I have EVER spent! The cd is such good pump up music for me, and since I play basketball, it's very convenient since the words to like the sixth song sound like what happens in my teams basketball games.Haha, very ironic and coincidental! But, yea, everyone says that "o, once you hear one of their songs you've heard all of them." TOTAL BULLDUMP! They're completely wrong(i'll keep this rated G, for the kids' sakes) I'd like to give those people a piece of my mind,lol. But yes, a very enjoyable cd!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    awesome!

    Linkin park is the best band ever. I was never really interested in rock until i heard their songs.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    BEST CD EVER!!!!!

    wow. i love this cd sooo much. it is my all time favorite. it rocks and i could listen to it all day long non stop. word cant explain how much i love this cd as well as hybrid theory. linkin park is the best band ever.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Excellent

    Great work. SOngs like Faint and Hit the Floor definitely bring back the sound of Hybrid Theory, but Numb and Nobody's Listening give it a new kind of sound. Great work all around. Now, please, LInkin Park, for the love of God, make a third album, will ya?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    This is awesome!

    This album may be even better than Hybrid Theory, and Hybrid is awesome. Linkin Park is the best alternative metal group maybe ever. I usually listen to older groups but this is one exception. The best song on this album is probably "Breaking the Habit", but "Numb" could put up a tough fight.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    AWESOME

    linkin park at its best even if you dont like rock buy this. you wont regret it

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Okay...Nothing Spectacular

    Hmmm...was listenable, but the majority of the tracks seem forgettable the minute I listened to them. The stars of the show are "Breaking the Habit" and "Numb". Apart from that, it was in one ear and out the other.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    linkin park strikes again

    this album, which artfully combines hard and soft elements is such a great album that one can listen to it 4 times a day and never get bored. I appreciate it because it is clean and hard.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    This CD kicks some serious ass !!!!

    Linkin Park is like the best band in the world so I just had to get Meteora . I would reccomend any1 to get this cd. I do not regret buying it non whatsoever . ~~LinkinParkRocker~~

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    better than hybrid theory

    nothing against hybrid theory, but this cd just cannot be matched. every song is amazing 1.intro 2.dont stay-A 3.somewhere i belong-A+ 4.lying from you-A+ 5.hit the floor-A+ 6.easier to run-A 7.faint-A+ 8.figure.09-A+ 9.breaking the habit-A+ best on the cd my favorite song ever 10.from the inside-A 11.nobodys listening-A+ this would be considered a nice rap track the rymes & muzic r awesome 12.session-C+ i dont know what the point of this song is but it wasnt needed for the cd. 13.numb-A+ my faves are breaking the habit, numb, hit the floor, somwhere i belong, & nobodys listening. linkin park is becoming one of the best bands in the world, at least in my opinion

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    This is not good music and arrangement

    I don't understand how Linkin Park can have a great deal of success and not write good arrangements in their songs. It has turned rock into a static hip-hop poppy robot. If you want real rock, get Shadows Fall, Megadeth or even Nickelback and Breaking Benjamin.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    this was one of the best linkin park cds that i have

    it was the first linkin park cd i ever bought i had burnd hybrid thoery but this was better its a 10/10

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