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The Rising Tied


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by plugged my butthole USER (21 Reviews)
November 5th, 2011 | 22 replies | 3,499 views


Release Date: 2005 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A surprisingly competent record released by a man part of a major band that is dissolving into primordial ooze.

7 of 8 thought this review was well written

Mike Shinoda is one of the two singers situated within the extremely efficacious artist ‘Linkin Park.’ Even if public respect for Linkin Park has dropped to an all-time low, Mike Shinoda has always been a strong point for the band. Like a rope that is fraying at the edges, Shinoda is the single fibre keeping the line jointed. Back in 2005, where there was a brief influx in music that didn’t make listeners want to cut their limbs off, Saw-style, Shinoda released his debut rap album The Rising Tied. While his main project Linkin Park were steadily declining into the void of nothingness, the American born rap artist set free a solid record into the hip-hop industry.

Primarily, the vocals within this record are nothing special. They serve their purpose to the fullest extent however, and rhythmically Mike Shinoda is superb. However, like a well-worded riddle, Mike bamboozles listeners with his frustrating inconsistency. On songs like ‘Cigarettes’ he unsuccessfully tries to pull off a slow, austere track, yet the lack of flow in his rapping brings this idea to an ear-splitting halt. Multiple times throughout the album Shinoda obtains vocalists from other hip-hop artists as guest appearances. Styles of Beyond, John Legend and many more are featured in various tracks to great benefit.

From a lyrical aspect, Mike falls into the trap that many other rappers have the misfortune to not foresee; he sings about why he is superior to the rest of society. Although this only appears at a few certain stages in the album, it certainly leaves a sour image – like a prefect who enjoys the smell of his own farts. “Remember the Name,” beholds these grating and uninspired lyrics, and although there is a supporting string line that doesn’t deserve to be catchy, the song still can’t be salvaged. That is, until the grander, more practiced voices of Styles of Beyond kick in and rescues the track. This scenario is not dissimilar to a world that is overrun by self-indulgent aliens suddenly gets exterminated by teenage mutant ninja turtles that have the uncanny ability to speak.
However, Mike does manage to shine in his song-writing ability when he tells us all an effective anecdote about how his predecessors were locked up during World War II. Far from going on about how his rapping is going to take the world by storm, he lays down strong lines such as

“Prisoners of war in their own damn country,
What for?
Time passed in the prison town,
He wondered if they would live it down, if and when they were free.”


Although one of his many songs defending his career in Linkin Park -‘Get Me Gone’- begs to differ, Mike barely ventures away from using ‘first-grade vocabulary words,’ in his rapping. This being said, the tracks are just as pleasing to listen to without that extra layer of sophistication. “Slip Out The Back,” repeatedly implies that there is an all-knowing man that walks around like a retard letting everyone know that ‘life isn’t fair’ and that ‘even heroes know when to be scared.’ On the surface they seem like the kind of bantering a menstruating teenage girl would write down in her diary, yet once you poke your head under the water you can witness the lyrics, like schools of fish, growing on you.

The musical loops (with the exception of “Believe Me”), although repetitive and simple in essence, add to the overall atmosphere of certain tracks. “High Road,” would be nowhere near as operative if it wasn’t for the various piano progressions echoing within the song. The drums follow suit with the other instruments, although monotonous, they add a bit of spice to the record as they are disparate to the simple ‘boom kat, boom kat,’ beat you find on most hip-hop LPs.

The Rising Tied is a surprisingly competent record released by a man part of a major band that is dissolving into primordial sludge. With work on certain aspects, Shinoda deceptively has the potential to release a relevant rap album.



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DarthMann
November 5th 2011



13476 Comments


had this in my documents for ages

Acrosstheshield13
November 5th 2011



791 Comments


good review. This album is meh for me. a few catchy songs but nothing extraordinary.

DarthMann
November 5th 2011



13476 Comments


yeah i like kenji, high road and get me gone

someguest
November 5th 2011



20285 Comments


This was my first secular rap album - I was a freshman in high school. It's just mediocre.

Digging: Your Old Droog - Your Old Droog

DarthMann
November 5th 2011



13476 Comments


freshman hunt...

toxin.
November 5th 2011



12019 Comments


Yeah I don't care how people feel... Remember the Name was one of my favorite songs when I was 12 and, to this day, have all the lyrics memorize.

I used to also like the rap of 'Believe Me' but it was all just the same chorus looped over and over and over and over and not enough verses.

Haven't heard the rest (well besides 'Where'd You Go') now that I don't really like rap.

Also, good review; pos'd.

DarthMann
November 5th 2011



13476 Comments


I know it too, thank you NBA06.
Believe me uses GarageBand loops hahaha

cheers

toxin.
November 5th 2011



12019 Comments


dude fuck yeah NBA Live '06 haha
so many hours logged into that.

DarthMann
November 5th 2011



13476 Comments


yeah that game was the shit

Gyromania
November 5th 2011



15198 Comments


Even if public respect for Linkin Park has dropped even lower than that of ‘terrifying screamo,’


What?

DarthMann
November 5th 2011



13476 Comments


referencing how adults are scared of screamo

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
November 5th 2011



49788 Comments


wat

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DarthMann
November 5th 2011



13476 Comments


fine ill get rid of it fuck you antartica

Butkuiss
November 5th 2011



4109 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

LP=/=screamo. Not in a million years!

DarthMann
November 5th 2011



13476 Comments


dont pull those crazy symbols on me

Gyromania
November 5th 2011



15198 Comments


Public respect for them hasn't dropped lower than respect for screamo though, so that statement seems pretty nonsensical to me. I don't know, maybe it was your lack of specificity. Anyways, the rest of your review is good, if not a little disjointed at points.

DarthMann
November 5th 2011



13476 Comments


I was going to say black metal but then i thought that was too far. Anyway fixed it now.

And yeah, I haven't reviewed anything in ages (I had to edit this a lot when I retrieved it) so i guess it probably would be a bit disjointed in areas.

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
November 5th 2011



49788 Comments


Do you mean what most people think is screamo or actual screamo?

DarthMann
November 5th 2011



13476 Comments


the first one

DarthMann
November 5th 2011



13476 Comments


thats why i said general public



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