Album Reviews

Linkin Park – Living Things

on July 02, 2012, 8:00am
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Linkin Park’s two previous full-length albums are almost nothing alike. Where 2007′s Minutes To Midnight catered toward new children of modern rock radio aggression, 2010′s polarizing A Thousand Suns presented thematic depth and textured music punctuated by (albeit commonplace) political ideals, thus earning substantial critical praise for the band’s overall evolution. Few critics expected such success from the rap rock outfit, and even fewer expected an expansion on that success, but hardly anyone (outside of anti-LP skeptics) could have anticipated pure disaster to come — as it happens, 2012′s Living Things somehow unequivocally proves cutting room floors have brooms for a reason.

With the album’s lead single “Burn It Down” slinking across airwaves like a “What I’ve Done” rehash and the weightless “Lies Greed Misery” leaking unceremoniously to YouTube, it would appear that one of the last remnants of the “nu metal tribes” has gone soft with an LP brimming with broken leftovers and vapid ’80s electronics. It’s A Thousand Suns‘ evil baby sister. Want more rap? Mike Shinoda gets thrust into the foreground with haphazard results, seemingly tinged by a bad Depeche Mode impression (“Lost In The Echo”, “Until It Breaks”). Want more of Chester Bennington’s balladry? Take that, add spare parts from your childhood Speak-N-Spell, and voila: “In My Remains” and “I’ll Be Gone”. How about a sequel to “Burning In The Skies”? A little heavy-handedness from “Roads Untraveled” has you covered.

Our only quasi saving graces come from the short energetic burst amidst the Hybrid Theory-gazing “Victimized” and a severe lack of Mr. Bennington screaming over acoustic guitar a la “The Messenger”, which still makes my ears ache a little. Redemption is no longer the name of the game, however — it’s pure, unadulterated tolerance, a backpedal that will remind the faithful how easy it can be for a band to lose its way.

Breaking down barriers is not the forte of Top 40 rock music, but when you can’t tell the difference between a Linkin Park track and something produced by a plebeian confusing dance beats for real drums, something has to give. And we give Living Things a sparkling toss to the trash bin from downtown.

Essential Tracks: N/A


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October 13, 2012 at 1:49 am

This guy’s review is total garbage Living Things is a decent album its not as good as ATS, Hybrid THeory or Meteora but its a little better than MTM.

October 13, 2012 at 1:47 am

I love every LP album however the best one yet in my opinion is A Thousand Suns
Bushwald sexyface doesnt know what hes talking about my least favorite album was minutes to midnight although it did have some good songs such as given up and what iv’e done. ATS just has the best lyrics even mike shinoda rapped in the song wretches and kings that fans only want LP to stay on the same Nu-metal sound for every album but the band is growing up and their musical tastes change. Living Things is alright a little better than MTM.

Jarred Sowards
September 15, 2012 at 5:13 am

They really built on this rhythmic expansion that begun with “Minutes to Midnight.” I see that album as a try out and “A Thousand Suns” as LP expanding further and really finding a new genre; similar to what they did when they first hit the scene with Hybrid Theory. They continued to expand upon that genre again in “Living Things.” It has a lot of throw back elements, with awesome Shinoda lyrics and a bit of the hardcore chester; along with evolved electronic elements. Overall I think this album can almost be elevated to the status of “A Thousand Suns” which was, for me, the greatest modern album I have ever heard.

Joshua H
September 5, 2012 at 12:56 pm

Wow, what a fucking garbage review. Next time, let an LP fan review an LP Album, so we don’t get this shite happening again. This album is amazing, I’ve been blown away by amny of the fantastic songs and new sounds blastign out of the tracks. David Buchanon, you are a fucking moron.

September 3, 2012 at 7:42 pm

Hey, to the idiot who wrote this, get your hearing checked, you’re probably deaf. Or perhaps you were listening to Justin Bieber by accident.

Rob Franklin
July 17, 2012 at 10:43 am

Horrible review! ATS was their most daring and creative. M2M was their most alt-rock album. HT and Meteora both sounded the same. Living Things takes the best elements from all their previous works and makes an album that becomes a love letter to every LP fan out there. I commend them for that.

July 10, 2012 at 7:09 pm

Do any of you guys (not the reviewer, because he actually does) know a thing about this band?

Hybrid Theory was their top-notch album. It is recognized as a classic, and everything was spot-on. Some of the lyrics seemed geared towards teenage angst, but what else did you expect from a nu-metal band in their twenties? The album was brilliant.

Meteora was a carbon copy of that album. Some of the songs sounded the same, and the band was under pressure when they made it. Don Gilmore (who produced this and Hybrid Theory) really ruined this album. It was over-produced, and he even made the band re-write the chorus to Somewhere I Belong over fifty times, and they admitted that! When does a producer take the creative role from the band? Meteora was awful in the sense that it was made to duplicate the success of Hybrid Theory.

Minutes To Midnight was their first change in pace. Look at it this way. Hybrid Theory was great. Reanimation was Hybrid Theory remixed. Meteora was Hybrid Theory part 2. Live in Texas was Hybrid Theory on a stage. Collision Course was Hybrid Theory fused with Jay-Z. We had enough Hybrid Theory, yet when Linkin Park released something different for a change, they instantly got bashed for trying to break out of their original sound. After 4 releases of the same album with different tweaks, they made a solid rock album and got bashed for it. Personally I think it’s their 2nd best.

A Thousand Suns was even more creative than the last album! The song structures were very weird and unpredictable, and most songs (not counting the interludes) were over four minutes long, instead of the usual three. The structures of the songs weren’t typical radio verse-chorus-verse-chorus-bridge-chorus structures but they were much more progressive and exciting! Take Blackout for example; Verse 1 – Chorus – Verse 2 – Chorus – Remixed Part – Verse 3 (Mike singing) – Outro. Blackout actually felt like a rush through Linkin Park’s career! It started off heavy (HT), then got all remixed (Reanimation), then ended soft (Minutes To Midnight. This album was their best, and it really showed the band trying to do something brilliant.

Living Things feels like their second Meteora. It doesn’t sound anything like Meteora, but it feels like it was made for the masses. The creativeness of the last album vanished, and they made pop singles again like “Burn It Down”. This album is forgettable and a joke. Ten years from now if I asked five random Linkin Park fans what they love about the band they’ll say “Hybrid Theory” “Hybrid Theory” “Meteora!!!” “Meteora!!!” “I liked that one weird one A Thousand Suns!”. I’m sure nobody will say Living Things.

Let’s be Sensible
July 9, 2012 at 11:31 am

Spot on review. I can’t help but notice LP’s constant “evolution” always has them “evolving” into a rehash of their old material but with production that mirrors where the top 40 mainstream sound is at the current moment. People have every right to be LP fans but please no one try and tell me that they are creative songwriters who “don’t care what the mainstream thinks” because that is just not true and neither is this: “Haha Ironic, I expected to see a 1 star and voila, they really did give 1 star! Bloody bunch of hippies.” So if you don’t like LP your a bloody hippie? This might be the funniest comment I’ve ever read on COS, this person needs to get out more. Also you cant go on saying everyone is entitled to their own opinion and then bash a reviewer when he gives his. That’s called being a Hypocrite.
Good day everyone

Riley G.
July 8, 2012 at 11:06 am

In order to say this review was shit, you’d have to admit to thinking LP were good in the first place. I just can’t do that.

¡????? §?????
July 8, 2012 at 1:52 am

Haha Ironic, I expected to see a 1 star and voila, they really did give 1 star! Bloody bunch of hippies. Start reviewing it as an album and it’s creativity instead of how mainstream they are. You give a lot of other albums which sound’s very same-y, nothing new and sounds like they could have been created in 2 minutes 4 or 5 stars and you give this amazing variety of sounds in Living Things just 1 star? Very close minded. Garbage review.

July 6, 2012 at 11:32 am

a piece of advice to all critics…don,t review an album if you haven’t heard it!

July 4, 2012 at 9:08 am

total shitty review….

Bushwald Sexyface
July 4, 2012 at 6:57 pm

Basically sums it up.

Bushwald Sexyface
July 3, 2012 at 1:39 am

2010?s polarizing A Thousand Suns presented thematic depth and textured music punctuated by (albeit commonplace) political ideals”

This is where you failed. A Thousand Suns was their worst album and it’s not even close.

Living Things at least has that genuine sound to in which you can tell the band has evolved into something much more than what they were a couple of years ago, which was lost.

Sure, there are tracks on the album that are putrid but, overall, Living Things blows ATS out of the water in terms of pure growth of a band that has said all along their goal is to evolve – neverending. In that sense, they have succeeded.

It certainly is not thier best album (HT or Meteora was, it could be argued) but it’s certainly not their worst (ATS).

I do not like Burn It Down and I feel that Lost In The Echo should have been the first single they released. It’s a much better song.

I’ll Be Gone will hit the charts. Will it get into the top 10? Probably not but it will hit the charts. Chester’s vocals are superb in that song and it will hit a lot of people where it matters.

The best song on the album and the one I think will do the best is Powerless. Like I’ll Be Gone, it will hit people inside. And that’s what a band’s goal is. To make an impact on a person. To provide a certain “shield” over a person’s pain, misery, sadness, happiness, whatever when they are vulnerable. They’ve done that very well with a few of these songs.

Frankly, your review was utter garbage.

Sean Culp
July 3, 2012 at 12:01 am

Living things is probably my favorite Linkin Park album. I have enjoyed the band since 2003 and I love the fact that they change their music style every album. All reviews are based on opinion so if this guy hates it, he hates it. I for one enjoy it.

July 3, 2012 at 10:22 am

Yea I’ve been blown away by this album so far. It’s different and I’m glad(not to say I didn’t enjoy previous albums, I love them all). I enjoy change and imo modern rock needs a shake up. I feel like LP really hit their stride on this one.

LP All The Way
July 2, 2012 at 5:28 pm

Im a fan of Linkin Park since the begininng amd they always make good music so wtf are you talking about

July 2, 2012 at 5:12 pm

This review is amazing. Consequence Of Sound was right about everything on this. After the last album they released, the band went so much into depth about how they wanted change, growth, and maturity not caring about what everyone else thinks. This albums feels like Linkin Park going back to the charts, and getting some money for Warner Bros. This album is easily Linkin Park’s cheesiest record compared to the last four, and most forgettable. Absolutely awful.

Pop structures, catchy choruses, all for you fans to eat up and think it’s the old Linkin Park again. Did you guys see the lyrics to Lost In The Echo? “y’all go hard, I go smart” “I don’t fold up and I don’t bow”. Shinoda Seuss?

Riley G.
July 8, 2012 at 11:08 am

Finally, some rational though. I thank you.

July 2, 2012 at 2:37 pm

woah im no big fan of new Linkin Park but this is a little harsh

July 2, 2012 at 2:19 pm

Garbage review.

Josh Butler
July 2, 2012 at 2:07 pm

Exactly why Music reviews are garbage.


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