Linkin Park
Hybrid Theory


2.0
poor

Review

by Maximilian Harkness USER (65 Reviews)
December 7th, 2008 | 87 replies | 4,660 views


Release Date: 2000 | Tracklist

Review Summary: It's influential if you're thirteen years old or younger.

8 of 12 thought this review was well written

The first time I heard Linkin Park was in 2006, back when all I listened to was hip hop or anything that was hip hop influenced. The first time I heard it I was amazed, the music was so cool, a mixture of electronics, hip hop, and hard rock, I’ve never heard this before! I mean sure, Rage against the Machine and Limp Bizkit both has that same sort of sound, but they were much different. Rage against the Machine, among my favorite bands up to today, had a more pounding, heavy metal sound, with flashy pedal-abused guitar riffs all around and preachy shout-raps from frontman Zach De La Rocha, making for the perfect rebel music. The other band, Limp Bizkit, was a more wigger-hop fan’s hip hop, which back then, was me.

But Linkin Park was that much different from either band, and I enjoyed them for as long as I could. After about 2007, I got the feeling that the band’s music was slipping, as I had hated their new album, and I was starting to get bored of the music they already had. Slowly but surely, my eyes became open to the flaws of Linkin Park. Eventually, I saw everything that came from the band’s best album Hybrid Theory, and needless to say, it wasn’t pretty.

Basically, the band’s music is a mixture of a stereotypical rap rock/metal band with nu-metal power chord mania, with a spice of crazed eletronica samples and loop-sounding drum work. This album is all of that, done with the execution and the guarantee you are getting the simplest music this side of The Wiggles. That said, It can be enjoyed at times. “In The End” takes use of Chester Bennington vocals and a catchy yet simple keyboard riff, making for a fun-filled song. “Crawling” is another place for Chester Bennington’s angsty yet excellently melodic clean vocal to take over, covering up the bands obvious lack of talent.

But alas, other than a few catchy choruses and a few decent songs, for the most part the album falls flat, particularly on the heaviest tracks. The problem is that the guitarists try to become the best part of the song, and not by being technically impressive or being creative, but instead being louder than the rest of the instruments. The guitars plod away at generic nu-metal drop D-ed power chords. “Points of Authority” is led by DJ record-scratching, lackluster guitar riffs and uninspired angsty screams from Chester Bennington. “By Myself” is the heaviest song on the album, and with what you’d assume, it’s easily the worst song on the album.

Hopefully, the rapping is a highlight on the album, right? Well unfortunately for the listener, it really lacks as well. Mike Shinoda’s lyrics are teenage angst poems, with all the professionalisms of a twelve year old. His flow also falters, taking the stereotypical scattershot white boy flow that Fred Durst all but invented. It’s a shame too, that he topped this with a solid rap effort years later, in the day when we thought that the band that Linkin Park was in serious decline.

The saddest thing of all is that the highlight songs of the entire album are the sample-built soundscape interlude “Cure for the Itch” and two of the lead singles. Everything else is either ruined by the completely lack of talent the guitarists posses, the obnoxious, uninspired screaming of a somewhat talented vocalist, and the angsty lyrics and whiteboy flow of a rapper who knows he’s better than that. I find it hard to truly hate this album, as it helped me get into music other than hip hop, but it’s influence wasn’t really as much as some albums I listened to back then. If you are new to Linkin Park, this album is perfect, but alas, don’t expect to be happy with it years later.

Recommended Tracks:
“Cure For the Itch”
“In The End”
“Crawling”



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bastard
December 7th 2008



3435 Comments


i felt like this album needed this review.

taylormemer
December 7th 2008



4887 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Meh

bastard
December 7th 2008



3435 Comments


taylormehmer

Si1v3RfaNg
December 7th 2008



802 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

It's really annoying that you compare Linkin Park to Fred Durst or Limp Biscut like four or five times, but not a bad review, although it was a bashfest, you supported your opinions slightly well.

bastard
December 7th 2008



3435 Comments


then why'd you neg it then?

The comparisons are valid too, those were two groups i held in high regard like two years ago.

Si1v3RfaNg
December 7th 2008



802 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

I didn't neg it...

bastard
December 7th 2008



3435 Comments


well it wasn't negged until you commented, plus you gave it a 5.

Other than elim or somebody else, I am just going to guess you.

willfellmarsy
December 7th 2008



3844 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

By Myself is rule, negnegneg

Fina1e
December 7th 2008



123 Comments


I thought Points of Authority was the greatest song ever when I was 11.

bastard
December 7th 2008



3435 Comments


yeah i did when i was thirteen.

but things have changed.

Si1v3RfaNg
December 7th 2008



802 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Nah dude, I didn't neg it, maybe a random bystander came along. Anyways yeah By Melself rules, but I personally love Forgotten and Cure for the Itch.

bastard
December 7th 2008



3435 Comments


i seriously thought this was some of my better stuff. wtf.

Si1v3RfaNg
December 7th 2008



802 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

No it's not bad man, you've just written much much better.

heyseuss
December 7th 2008



384 Comments


This was my shit back in the day. But I'd probably rate it even lower than you did now, good review.

Phantom
December 7th 2008



8930 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I think Crawling is the least listened to track on this album

bastard
December 7th 2008



3435 Comments


Pushing Me Away is one of the better songs on here.

Why do you think it's a 5 silverfang, i am curious.

heyseuss
December 7th 2008



384 Comments


I couldn't walk a meter in my elementary school without hearing Crawling blaring from somebodies headphones.

Phantom
December 7th 2008



8930 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Ohhhhhhhhhhhh I forgot /sarcasm.

This gets a 3.5 from me for old times sake. I loved this album when I was 13/14 and it was a gateway into rock music.

AtavanHalen
December 7th 2008



17927 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Nah, man, didn't like this review much.
Life story = not needed.

Doppelganger
December 7th 2008



3124 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

FROM THE TOP TO THE BOTTOM BOTTOM TO TOP I STOP



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