‘Living Things’ Linkin Park
Talk about consistency – Linkin Park has created yet another great album.
Living Things, the group’s fifth album, is pretty top-notch from its opening track, Lost In the Echo – which features Chester Bennington’s signature screech – to its closing numbers, the Skrillex-sounding and grungy instrumental Tinfoil, which transitions into the guitar-heavy Powerless.
The album is dominated by anger and, at moments, disappointment and rage: Lies Greed Misery and Victimized are self-explanatory, and on In My Remains, Bennington sings: Falling in the cracks of every broken heart, digging through the wreckage of your disregard.
Living Things comes 12 years after the six-member band released its brilliant debut, Hybrid Theory. The new album was produced by Mike Shinoda and Rick Rubin, and it’s reminiscent of the rap-rock sound of the group’s first two discs. The guys took a departure from that on Minutes to Midnight and 2010’s A Thousand Suns – also produced by Rubin – which had psychedelic moments and featured excerpts from political speeches.
But Linkin Park never disappoints, and Living Things is living proof.