Review Summary: A must-listen for all true Linkin Park fans.1 of 1 thought this review was well written
There is no fame.
There is no fortune.
There is no Minutes To Midnight.
There are just 6 guys in Mike Shinoda’s basement trying to get a record deal for the ump-hundredth time. What the band pulled off with new vocalist Chester Bennington was relatively amazing. Word has it that two vocalists were about to audition for the band and after Chester went, the other one left. After pleasing yourself with Meteora, Reanimation, and Hybrid Theory, only one thing remains to hear: Hybrid Theory EP.
First of all know that 10 main tracks were being practiced by the band around this time, 7 of which made it onto this CD, the other three (She Couldn’t, My December, Dedicated) were later released on other various discs. There is little comfort in the overall CD and at points it becomes depressing, but in a way that makes you want to keep listening. Higher points on the album include Carousel, Step Up, & High Voltage, the latter two are where Shinoda’s rapping is most prominent. Most of the lyrics are about how “poser” MC’s claim to rule the rap field, without, as Shinoda says in Step Up “Studying the skill.” Not much of any of this material would be played live except for Step Up, which was often used in a three-part medley featuring Nobody’s Listening & It’s Goin Down on the Meteora Tour. Shinoda’s rapping isn’t always the main focus in these songs, and in And One, Carousel, and Part of Me, Bennington’s vocals easily overpower Mike’s almost tiresome rapping. And One is a standout track for Bennington, and the first half of the song is easily the best. Part of Me also shows the beginning of the Hybrid Theory sound of the band, the only song on the album that does so very well. The only criticism I’ll give Chester is that at points his voice sounds shaky, if they did this on purpose, I don’t know.
Joe Hahn’s turntables and samples fit in much nicely on the EP and Hybrid Theory better than in the rest of the band’s career, and tracks like Technique and Step Up show that well. Sadly, Brad Delson’s, and Dave “Phoenix” Farrell’s guitar and bass lines aren’t great in this and don’t really stick out until you get to Meteora. They could be replaced and no one would hear a difference in the sound. The same could almost be said about drummer Rob Bourdon, but on the hidden track, also called Ambient and basically an early version of Session, he shows that he can keep a good beat. Not to be forgotten, the track She Couldn’t was supposed to be on the EP, but was unallowed because it had copyrighted material from another artist in it. Give the song a listen on Youtube because it shows Bennington’s softer side, and has more great work from Mr. Hahn.
The EP is a must-have for Linkin Park, but you might have trouble finding one because there are only 1,000 copies in existence. Some sell on eBay, or Amazon, but you could just download the tracks online if you’re desperate.
HYBRID THEORY EP: 3.5
Part of Me