Linkin Park
Reanimation


4.0
excellent

Review

by wikuk USER (24 Reviews)
December 25th, 2006 | 24 replies


Release Date: 2002 | Tracklist


Linkin Park's Reanimation is one of my guilty pleasures, because of the many negative reactions towards it. I, however, like it really much, just as I like my Gorilla and Eminem.

At the moment I have Cannibal Corpse’s “Murder Worship” on, and I shall switch over to Reanimation to help me writing my review.

Reanimation was LP’s remix of Hybrid Theory, their opus that brought them the success they now have. After the success of HT, Linkin Park milked the songs out more with making a remix album. Not only does this contain the 12 songs of HT, but also some older songs: High Voltage and My December.

All the songs on this CD are remixed, making it more of an electronica feeling. Hell, sometimes it is even very close to industrial metal. Rappers got signed to feature in songs, and even some metal vocalists joined to sing some lines. Linkin Park even used other instruments than the usual synths, drums and guitars. In the opening track and the final track, a violin is beautifully portrayed by LP’s bassist, Phoenix. Although there are some other influences, most of the time the album feels as a mix between electronica and rap.

Wth>You and By_Myslf are heavily industrial influenced with the numerous synths and distorted guitars. They both feature a rapper in the middle, and a nice harmonizing synthesizer that overlaps the guitar part perfectly. Plc.4 Mie HÆd does the same, although the first part is very boring and sloppy. Pts.Of.Athrty, Rnw@y and Frgt/10 have not changed much, the same goes for Ppr:Kut, yet Papercut has a dark sphere around it, making it very suitable.

Not everything is industrial based though. Enth E Nd is a very poor constructed rap song, with the soothing piano loop replaced with an annoying piano that listens as a pizzicato violin; very short tones, and very annoying. Just like [b]Enth E Nd[b], H! Vltg3 is a rap song. This time, LP (or any other guy, it doesn’t matter) decided to add a Kanye West feeling, with the soul-ish instruments and the various “oooh’s” from a background choir. The song, just as it’s ancestor is boring and feels like filler. My_Dsmbr is changed from a emotional, sad piano driven song to a trip-hop song. It’s very good and showcases how the band could change the song that much. The same goes for P5hng Me A*wy, which however has a great climax. Kyur4 TH Ich was probably the hardest song to remix, since it’s already a fully electronic song. Hahn however did a great job.

The thing that probably downgraded the album too much are the skits. Granted, Opener is a great way to open the album, and NtrMssion is not bad (although it would be better if it would feature a song), the telephone calls and X-ecutioner Style feel unnecessary. Although the phone calls are very short, thus fast gone, the X-ecutioner track is as boring as it will ever be. The remixes feel stupid and there is not a single enjoyable moment in it.

And just like most other bands, LP felt the need to end with a big climax. 1Stp Klosr is a much better remix than it’s ancestor, and features an ambient intro for almost 2 minutes. The best thing of this album however is the remix of Krwlng. The song starts with the same violin that started the CD, and goes over into the chorus. The vocal harmonizing is outstanding, and I never thought the vocalist of Staind would ever work that out. Just as P5hng Me A*wy, Krwlng is mainly based on trip-hop beats, with an outstanding climax to come. The best song on the CD, I would say.

Although a completely new studio CD, wouldn’t be bad either for this place, I think that Reanimation is far from being a failure. It’s very enjoyable, and great to see how LP managed to make every old song more unique. Of course, not all the guest appearances are good, but most of them are decent at best. The album starts and ends with the violin, and between that there are electronic songs to be found. I recommended this for people who love things as Massive Attack but also people who love rap will rather enjoy this. Or maybe those who have guilty pleasures, just like me, will like it.

Top 6

1. Krwlng
2. P5hng Me Aw*y
3. Wth/You
4. By_Mslf
5. MyDsmbr
6. PprKut

Songs that I don’t care for:

- All the skits
- H! VLTG3
- Enth E Nd



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Iluvatar
Staff Reviewer
December 25th 2006


16089 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

The beginning of this review was retarded. Trash it. You should write the actual song names in the review because they are completely seperate of the original songs and thus should be given their respective names off of this album. Otherwise, okay review. I liked this a lot; it was a neat concept.

Thor
December 25th 2006


10193 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

The With You remix owns.

Iluvatar
Staff Reviewer
December 25th 2006


16089 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

P5hng Me Aw*y is by far the best song on the album. Someone also needs to fix the tracklisting; just to be historically accurate.

mynameischan
Staff Reviewer
December 25th 2006


17920 Comments


P5hng Me Aw*y

Yeah man great song.

Iluvatar
Staff Reviewer
December 25th 2006


16089 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

mynameischan

Yeah man great user.

FlawedPerfection
Emeritus
December 25th 2006


2806 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

I didn't like this when I was a Linkin Park fan. There were a few good ones that I remember though, namely Enth End and My December. I don't remember P5hng Me Aw*y though.

Wizard
December 25th 2006


19410 Comments


Im not going to touch this album with a ten foot pole hahahahaha. A good review, except for your bizarre intro. I would not classify these guys as even nu-metal though because they are not worthy. EVER!

Digging: Khonsu - Traveller

Acey
December 25th 2006


2578 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

the more i hear of this, the more i hate LP. there are a few decent songs, but other than that, this album is just horrible

Acey
December 25th 2006


2578 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

good review though.

BludgeonySteve
December 25th 2006


558 Comments


I kind of like their Hybrid Theory album.

JumpTheF**kUp
December 26th 2006


2710 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

[quote="wikuk"]It almost seems that he has no single guilty pleasure, aside from the dirty videos he has on his computer.[/quote]No review should exist with information like this in it. Seriously mate, we don't wanna know.
Otherwise decent review, the recommended track thing looks retarded but I guess thats just the Park boys style.

ValiumMan
December 26th 2006


493 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

I liked the intro. I bought this album some years ago, when I had a short Linkin Park phase, I liked it even at the time, and I guess I'd even prefer it over Hybrid Theory today. But then again, I haven't listened to both in ages. The review was good too, and, yeah, I liked the intro. It was bizarre (as someone above) said, but made me laugh. You'll get a pos from me for that only.

Angmar
December 26th 2006


2689 Comments


No review should exist with information like this in it. Seriously mate, we don't wanna know.
Dude did you ever read MM8's Revolver review... yeah. Decent Review dont like these guys though.

JumpTheF**kUp
December 26th 2006


2710 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

No, but I'm going to now. :P

wikuk
December 26th 2006


1110 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Damn, it seems nobody can take a joke anymore. The opening paragraph was nothing but an intro to tell what I feel about Reanimation. Well, I shall delete it and put something very cliché in it, since you apparently all love cliché.

the recommended track thing looks retarded but I guess thats just the Park boys style.
What do you mean by this?This Message Edited On 12.26.06

JumpTheF**kUp
December 26th 2006


2710 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

I meant the song titles. For example: Krwling and P5hng Me Aw*y. That just looks really really stupid.

wikuk
December 26th 2006


1110 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

But you were talking about my joke about dirty vids. If that's true or not, I'm not gonna tell you, but there really is no need to be so f*cking prudish (I hope I put prudish in the right context, I'm from another country)This Message Edited On 12.26.06

JumpTheF**kUp
December 26th 2006


2710 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

I dunno that its being prudish, its more that the review is alot less professional if you put stuff like that in it.

wikuk
December 26th 2006


1110 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This site is nothing but an amateur review site. Why can't we just enjoy the jokes and amateuristic traits. For professional reviews, you can check Rollingstones, although I prefer this site.

JumpTheF**kUp
December 26th 2006


2710 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

Well some people who rock up to this site expecting something professional may be turned away by that sort of humour. I really don't have a problem with it but its just IMO that it makes it sound less professional, which in turn makes it hard to take the review seriously.
How bout we just leave it at that?



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