Linkin Park Proves It’s Quite Alive And Well On New LP

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“Living Things” is the album for which Linkin Park’s fans have waited for so long.  The success behind this new record lies believe it or not in the band’s previous record, “A Thousand Suns.”  That record was met to mixed reaction from both fans and critics alike.  But to the band’s credit, while it may have been a gamble, the band should be commended for going out on a limb with that release and taking a chance.  In crafting that album, the band learned from it and used it in the creation of this album.  Where the band might have been uncertain of itself with “A Thousand Suns”, it’s obvious that it’s far surer of itself this time out.

“Living Things” kicks off with a familiar sound in ‘Lost in The Echo.’  This song will take long time fans back to the days of its 2000 debut, ‘Hybrid Theory.’  At the same time though, there is also more of ‘A Thousand Suns’ mixed in with this song, too, musically speaking.  The keyboards and electronics mixed in with Mike Shinoda’s rapping and Chester Bennington’s powerhouse vocals show just how far the band has come during the course of its career.  Set against the song’s story makes it that much more of a powerful opening.  Bennington plays a supporting role to Shinoda here as Shinoda writes, “Cause I was there saying…No/You can’t tell ‘em all now/I don’t back up/I don’t’ back down/I don’t fold up and I don’t bow/I don’t roll over/Don’t know how/I don’t care where the enemies are/Can’t be stopped/All I know/Go hard/Won’t forget how I got this far/For every time saying…”  The way Shinoda delivers these lines, there’s a certain energy that really captures the determination that he’s trying to get across.  And Bennington’s declaration that, “This time I finally let you go” adds to that energy.  It all comes together for a song that is a perfectly fitting re-introduction for the band.

Bennington shows that his vocal chops are as strong as ever in ‘Lost in The Echo.’  In the album’s lead single, ‘Burn It Down’, he shows that while he has powerhouse vocals, he also has quite the control of his instrument, too with the mix of gentility and power throughout this song.  Again, the mix of keyboards shows an influence from the band’s more recent release than anything earlier.  And yet again because of that, it shows how much the band has grown as a unit and how far it has come. 

Linkin Park has shown how much it has grown as a unit on this new record.  There’s also a sign of hope for fans of Fort Minor, too.  ‘Until It Breaks’ is a solid piece that’s reminiscent of Shinoda’s work on “A Thousand Suns.”  It’s also something that would easily fit into a new Fort Minor LP.  Add in production by legendary producer Rick Rubin, and fans get one more great addition to an already solid record.

Linkin Park has come a long way from the “musical gold rush of 2000.”  But with the release of this new record, the band has shown that while so many other bands have gone by the wayside since then, it is standing tall and proud.  And if this new record is any indication, Linkin Park still has plenty left to offer its fans.

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Linkin Park to take part in sustainable energy discussion

WASHINGTON, D.C.–Members of Linkin Park will take part in a discussion about the connection between social media, technology and sustainable energy next Monday, June 19th. The band will join members of Rio+Social, Mashable, 92nd Street Y, Ericsson, Energias de Portugal (EDP) and LiveAD for the discussion. They will be speaking in support of U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s Sustainable Energy For All initiative. Along with speaking on the matter, the band will perform material from its new, upcoming album, “Living Things.” The peformance will be streamed live and presented by the Honda Civic Tour, powered by VSee. Fans can see the performance live at http://www.youtube.com/thewarnersound. Fans around the world can watch and take part in the Rio+Social online at http://www.rioplussocial.com begining at 3:30pm EST. When asked about participating in the event, bassist, Dave “Phoenix” Farrell said, “We believe today’s youth are global citizens and are better connected and informed than any previous generation.” He added, “Rio+Social is an historic opportunity allowing youth to participate in the global discussion about critical issues like sustainability in a way that has not been possible before.” More information on Rio+Social is available online at http://www.rioplussocial.com. Link Park fans can keep up with all the latest from the band online at http://www.linkinpark.com. To keep up with all the latest entertainment news and reviews, go to http://www.facebook.com/PhilsPicks and “Like” it, or its companion page at http://www.facebook.com/pages/Reel-Reviews/381028148587141. Fans can also keep up with all the latest at https://philspicks.wordpress.com.