Living Things from Linkin Park is an interesting album. There’s been a lot of talk about how they’ve gone back to their roots from before they morphed into a typical rock band. But it’s not that each individual song sounds like their old stuff, it’s that the album as a whole does. There are certain tracks that are all Chester Bennington, the rock face of the group, and others that mainly feature Mike Shinoda who brings the rap fusion to the mix. And there are others that are a happy medium of both. Combine all these things in reasonable balance and you have the “old” Linkin Park. But if you were to hear “I’ll Be Gone” or “Lies Greed Misery” in separate sittings you might assume they produced two completely separate albums with different sounds.
The band has done a good job of incorporating the electronic aspect of today’s popular music into their music. It’s an accomplishment given their signature style is already a fusion between two different genres. “Lost in the Echo” and the leading single, “Burn It Down,” sound most like “the old stuff.”
My other favourite is “Castle of Grass”. As the softer tune out of all twelve tracks, it’s lyrically pleasing and has a chilling introductory guitar buildup while the song has a driving beat in the back.
Both old and new Linkin Park fans will enjoy Living Things. The band is currently on tour – check out their tour dates here.
Here’s the official video for “Burn It Down”: