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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.
|Label:||Warner Bros / Wea|
Performance CreditsLinkin 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 CreditsRick 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
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
“Living Things” by Linkin Park contains music that creatively embodies emotional vulnerability and resilience. It is completely different from any of their other albums, but this change really fits with the “Living Things” title of the cd. For example, “Castle Of Glass” brilliantly touches on how tragically it is human nature for many to judge others from the metaphor of “glass houses”. “Lost In The Echo”,”Victimized”, “Roads Untraveled”, “Skin To Bone” and “Tinfoil” are some of the compelling songs that touch a chord on the transformation that challenges can bring. “Living Things” by Linkin Park is a good selection for those who like electronica and rock and/or at least two Linkin Park albums.
Let me start this off by saying I love LP they are in my Top Ten bands without a doubt. I'm not one of those people who thought everything after Meteora was lame wuss music. I loved Minutes To Midnight and A Thousand Suns, in short I love LP's entire catalogue. But this one I have to say this is the first time I've felt honestly let down, the band amazed and enraged many people with MTM and with ATS they continued along that same path. "Living Things" honestly feels like a regression, like they decide to throw all there albums in a blender and then throw in some Techno/Electronic Spice. I find this disapointing as it really felt like they were going somewhere with A Thousand Suns, and here we find them plowing the same old fields, playing the same old songs, the albums shortness at just over 36 minutes doesn't help either. Admittedly the album does have some standouts with tracks like "Castle of Glass", "Roads Untravelled" and "Skin To Bone". "Until It Breaks" also tries to mix things up a bit with a ton of (glad to hear it) swear free rapping from Mike a nice part sung by Chester and then out of nowhere a beautiful sequence sung by none other than Brad Delson the bands guitar player. I loved all those parts but the rest of the album sadly sounded like Linkin Park just doing what they've done before with a bit more of an Electronic Bent. I'm just a bit bummed at the lack of Innovation not counting the aformentioned highlights, it also would've been nice to hear some more positivity from these guys songs like "What I've Done" "Bleed It Out" " " Robot Boy" "Waiting For The End" "Irridescent" and "The Messenger" all had positive themes of redemption and happiness amidst the dark even the second half of "Blackout" seemed like things were looking up, "Living Things" doesn't offer to much of that besides a suprisingly touching lyric at the end of "Roads Untravelled". Its an enjoyable ride but c'mon its LP! so that shouldn't be a suprise. I just hope next time around we can get a little more innovation, more tracks like "Castle of Glass" "Roads Untravelled" and those parts of "Until It Breaks", Linkin Park is still LP and we'll always rock but I just hope they can pull together some more original stuff in the future.