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Meteora [Tour Edition]
     

Meteora [Tour Edition]

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by Linkin Park
 

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Perhaps if the cut-and-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<

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Perhaps if the cut-and-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 who 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. [This "Tour Edition" of the album includes bonus material.]

Product Details

Release Date:
06/29/2004
Label:
Wea International
UPC:
0093624884224
catalogNumber:
48842

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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
Joseph Hahn   Background Vocals,Sampling,Group Member
Mike Shinoda   Vocals,Master of Ceremonies,Sampling,Group Member
Bob Becker   Viola
Chester Bennington   Vocals,Group Member
Brad Delson   Guitar,Background Vocals,Group Member
Rob Bourdon   Drums,Background Vocals,Group Member
Dan Smith   Celli
Alyssa Park   Violin
Michele Richards   Violin
Sarah Parkins   Violin

Technical Credits

Don Gilmore   Producer,Engineer
John Ewing   Engineer
Joseph Hahn   Records
Mike Shinoda   String Arrangements
Linkin Park   Composer,Producer
Mark Romanek   Video Director
Flem   Art Direction
Peter Standish   Marketing
Kevin Sakoda   Marketing

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Meteora 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 154 reviews.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Linkin Park's music rules and the follow up album to Hybrid Theory is no exception if you can i highly recommend this album to anyone.
Guest More than 1 year ago
listen to faint and somewhere I belong.theu r awesome songs.the cd is great for rap/rock stars!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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?
Guest More than 1 year ago
This cd rocks! "Numb" is like the best song in the world!!! I LUV LINKIN PARK 4EVA BABE!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I THINK THIS ALBUM IS AWSUM IT'S 1 OF LINKIN PARKS BEST ALBUMS!!AFTER I HEARD HYBRID THEORY I WAS HOOKED,THE BEST ASPECTS OF METEORA IS THE FAST PACED AND CATCHY FAINT AND THE MORE DEEP SONGS LIKE NUMB(WHICH IS A BRILLIANT SONG)!!!!=)AND BREAKING THE HABIT!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i just love linkin park cause they actually have songs that i can relate to. it's not like i care if someone brokeup with his/her gf/bf. linkin park doesn't focus on one kind of themes (hit the floor & nobody's listening). it's just great.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am rating this album before it comes out because I am so confident that it will be amazing. Their last album, Hybrid Theory, is my favorite album of all time. I've been listening to it for years, and I can still put it in and listen to the whole thing straight. These guys are extremely talented and know how to produce excellent music. I can't wait for the release. I already pre-order it and you should too.
Guest More than 1 year ago
linkin park is an excellent mix of hip-hop and rock mixed. definately suggest ths cd to everyone.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I've had meteora from some time now. Not gonna say where I got it, but I got the whole dvd/tshirt/cd package. Linkin Park never cease to amaze me. My favorite song is Easier To Run. Really hits home. Everything else rocks also. Songs like Faint and Nobody's Listening have an asian vibe to them. Thats a cool twist they've added. Only 13 tracks, but thats all good. This album ( just like their first one) I can play straight thru over and over for many years to come. Thank you guys (LP) for giving me and fans everywhere some great songs to associate great times and memories...
Guest More than 1 year ago
linkin park at its best even if you dont like rock buy this. you wont regret it
Guest More than 1 year ago
Linkin park has truly some of the best music iv'e ever listened to. rap sucks and disco is over. Linkin pak is the new millenia. You may think they suck because they are not underground and have their songs played on the radio, but they deserve their fame!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
linkin park is the best band out there, they rock..all of their songs are good, and they have catchy beats. the mix between rock and rap helps make them more original than most other bands, and mike shinoda's voice just flows well with the music...now how often is it when a lead singer can scream and sing with the same passion and it still sound good? not too often, yet chester seems to be able to do it
Guest More than 1 year ago
I just finished downloading the album (oooops, did I say that outloud?), anyway, the music's great. It's good cuz the new album gives you those similar goosebumps you did on the first. ;) The only downfall is that their experimentation with sound was very much like the first album.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the best one yet. Linkin Park has the best voices in rock musiq. There rock/rap mix is great. I would definately purchase this album.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the best CD. All the songs are great to listen to. It will not bore u out. If you like ROCK, then u will like this CD a lot!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is an awesome cd make more! The best song is #13 Numb...Keep up the good work.