Review Summary: Don't let people have you expecting a return to old Linkin Park. Living Things is a bands attempt to further their evolving style.
Hybrid Theory and Meteora didn't neccessarily bring anything new to the table, but they were still fun and at times unpredictable, featuring angst laden outbursts of genuine singing and screaming from Chester Bennington and rapping from Mike Shinoda. That's why it's confusing the direction Linkin Park has taken lately. Am I listening to a tame Enter Shikari? Am I listening to a cheap 30 Seconds to Mars? It's 2012 and two vastly mediocre mainstream albums since the bands peak has accompanied Linkin Park with even bigger success (that's how it works sometimes). The band seems almost interested in only writing fairy tale feeling hits. This would make it real easy for Linkin Park to poop more doo doo out and have a trilogy of mediocre albums. Sadly, this would also be reality. The 'nu-metal' is gone, replaced by indecipherable, tucked away guitar riffs that are majorly supported/replaced by an enormous ammount of programming/effects that even Tom Delonge would ask if it was going overboard. "Lies Greed Misery" exemplifies this in an alarmingly bad way.
It's like the band is trying to sell cheese and that cheese tastes awfully bland (and American too). The band is literally attempting to sound '21st century' and more advanced than everyone else, which only leads to feelings of frustration for me to still be listening. Mike Shinoda's presence is a joke and that provides one of the worst turns on Living Things. Chester Bennington is so busy trying to be Tom Delonge, or Jared Leto that Shinoda's influence is pushed to the side and when he does take over...well...I'm embarassed to have even liked Fort Minor knowing this is the same guy. Mikes performance on "Until It Breaks" encapsulates the joke album that is Living Things. The opening nearly rips off Aqua Teen Hunger Force's theme song and then Shinoda is rapping to the degree of the most generic, modernized mainstream rapper stereotype without any kind of fun involved. Lyrics not provided due to reviewer wanting to protect reader(and I like ***ty lyrics at times!). Of course when the song is half through Chester comes swooping in trying to provide an uplifting atmosphere to an extremely stale track that had already crumbled, making it too late to make a difference. It's as if Linkin Park is content not challenging themselves. They appear perfectly fine with casting a veil of futuristic songwriting by providing a gloss and sheen over their SLOW jams. The heavy segments where the band could really have unloaded some aggression is faked and nothing exciting tops a song off...ever. Ashes to ashes, dust to dust, Living Things, is a bust.
1) It's not okay to post yet, earliest release date is the 20th in Japan.
2) You're entitled to your opinion about the album, and I'm fine with that, but this is terribly written. I've looked at your other reviews and they're fine, but you purposefully dumbed yourself down when you wrote this one.
Must be cool to troll just because it's a band you don't like.
You are the definition of someone who can't accept a bands evolution. This truly is a horrible review,
no definition to it whatsoever. If your going to waste peoples time, stop letting your "personal
feelings" get in the way of a review. Learn how to write.
Shows right off the bat that you went into this review with bias. Also your points are scattered.
I wrote that over 24 hours after I wrote the review I put that there because A LOT of media is saying this is a return to that form. The main reason I wanted to write this review is so people don't go into it expecting to hear that and maybe they won't form an opinion based off what others have said. So you're also assuming to much. Everybody right now thinks they're so clever when they're straight up wrong lol