Linkin Park
Hybrid Theory


4.0
excellent

Review

by Ross Delany USER (35 Reviews)
March 3rd, 2006 | 20 replies


Release Date: 2000 | Tracklist


How cool would it be if you could go back in time to tell your past self things, think of the heartbreaks you could avoid, of the disasters you could prevent, of the albums you could stop yourself buying, or in some cases, recommend. Do you want to know what springs to mind with this deep philosophy?

Mehhhhh.

But honestly,if this could happen, I’d have told myself to get this before I got Meteora. Yes, that’s right, I was a silly little Nu-Metaller a few years ago. I’ll be honest, this is one of the only albums from that period of my life that I pull out from under my bed, dust down, and stick into my cd player, hi-fi or on a few occasions, my Mp3 player. Why do that when you could pull out you’re Fall of Troy or your Muse that you seem to adore now, that’s a question that my friends have asked me on a number of occasions. All you need to do to discover why is to listen, like a parent. Listen with a non-judgemental ear while finding any little problems that may lie within.

You see, this album, comes to me with a tag. In a few words, music for teenagers, not instrumentally amazing, not something that will be noted as “classic" 10 years down the line, but a good album none the less. Why, the album fuses Chester Bennington’s vocals with Mike Shinoda’s rapping, coming up with something that, at the time, would be considered fresh and new. What do record companies do with fresh and new? Pay x amount of money to make that talent their’s. Chester has a very diverse vocal range, going from amazing singing voice to, an average scream sort…thing. His ability to switch between vocal styles is particularly evident in Runaway where he sings through the chorus and screams the verses. Mike’s rapping on the other hand, comes off so smoothly, it’s soothing in a rather strange way, especially on In The End. Mikes vocals on that track have an echo effect put on them, which makes them somewhat mellow.

It has to be said however, that Linkin Park are rather weak instrumentally. Bass player Phoenix is one of the most boring and basically, bad, bass players around at the moment
(Memo to Phoenix, there are 4 more strings on your bass, use ‘em). The guitar player plays some rather good riffs, but nothing out of this world or difficult. An example of a good Linkin Park riff can be found on A Place For My Head. the intro riff isn’t anything technically amazing, but it’s catchy, which is what Linkin Park are. The drummer doesn’t do much, just keeps the rhythm well, so, nothing really remarkable about that. Linkin Park’s 2 better instrumentalists are Joseph Hahn (Dj) and Mike Shinoda (keyboard) these two, together, make one heck of a team, Mike is a more than competent keyboard player and without Joseph, Linkin Park wouldn’t be Linkin Park, they’re instrumental qualities are best show in instrumental track A Cure For The Itch which is just Mike on Keyboard and Joseph on the decks. Not the most amazing of listens, but it shows Mike and Joes skills rather well

So, looking back over all of this what would I say? Well, if you want great guitar solos and all round great instrumental skills, look elsewhere. If on the other hand, you want to hear some music from one of the late 20th/ early 21st century’s more fresh bands, give this a listen. Don’t judge it straight away, like a child, give it time to show you it’s true colour, then make you’re mind up on it. Overall though, I’d give this a 4/5 because it’s not a classic by any means, but it does put in a rather good turn on you’re cd player AND, it's a springboard to get you into heavier music than pop

Recommended for fans of: Korn, Limp Bizkit, early system of a down



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mx
Moderator
March 3rd 2006


733 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I'm not ashamed to say I like this album, even thought it's become incredibly cool to bash it. It was revolutionary at the time, fiendishly catchy, and a pretty solid album.

The Jungler
March 3rd 2006


4827 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I was a nu-metaler back in the day too. I think of all the CDs I bought back then SOAD "Toxicity" is the best by far. But this CD is definitly a good listen. Cure For The Itch is an awesome song as are a few other of the more serious tracks on this CD.


I hate the videos this band makes. They are just so corny.

supraman_2
March 3rd 2006


146 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

It just got boring too quickly for me a couple of good songs tho

Thor
March 3rd 2006


10191 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

mx, I couldn't agree more. While I have grown apart from my nu-metal days, I still come back to listen to this album every now and then. I was actually listening to it right before I checked this out.

and once again, With You is excellent.

innerdark
March 3rd 2006


749 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

yes, yes it is, an amazing track, as i said, i still listen to this, i had lost it ages ago and was delighted when i re-found it, put it on, and it was still as good as i thought it was the first timeThis Message Edited On 03.03.06

Music_Is_My_Life
March 3rd 2006


100 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Ahh the nostalgia factor surfaces. Back in the day this was, i must admit, one of my favourite albums. To be back in my nu-metal hayday, so young and foolish, ignorant of how much better the other music that was out there was. lol.

/ Yeah With You is good.

Aakon_Keetreh
March 3rd 2006


448 Comments


I used to listen to Nu-Metal
I kinda stoped
But now i listen to some here and there

Storm In A Teacup
March 3rd 2006


12780 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I hate you, Hoppity Bunny. :angry:

innerdark
March 3rd 2006


749 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

he he, sorry ian


Storm In A Teacup
March 3rd 2006


12780 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

We talk for what, an hour about me reviewing it and then you do this? Oh well, it still is a good review, I did vote for it.

innerdark
March 3rd 2006


749 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

yeah, i wouldn't have done it but you reminded me i'd done it pre-crash

Zaine
March 3rd 2006


199 Comments


'sfar as my taste in nu-metal is concerned, this album is golden. Pushing me Away has always and is to this day my favorite song off the album. This is probably, going to be their only truely great album. great review.

Magero666
March 3rd 2006


3 Comments


This was the album that got me into metal. Simple. 2001, i got this album, and never wanted to hear anything apart from distortion.

Shattered_Future
March 3rd 2006


1540 Comments


I should find this and give it a spin again...I bought this after seeing the band win so many awards on some show, and loved it.

Taxman
March 4th 2006


82 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

this is the one LP album that really sets them to the top of nu metal hoepfully their nextalbum is somewhere close to decent..

nice review tho
phoeniz was not actaully on this album tho

he left and i believe brad did the basswork which is absolutely horrible...i dont think i can hear some actual good basslines anywhere..phoenix is awful tho...he just sucks when it comes down to it

innerdark
March 4th 2006


749 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

i thought pheonix was on this album :S

Arucard
March 4th 2006


575 Comments


This is a bloody great album. No matter how simple the music is, its pure catchy fun.



Neoteric
March 4th 2006


3243 Comments


This was da bomb back in the day and it is surprisingly quite good now but I haven't listened to it for years :-/This Message Edited On 03.04.06

Lunarfall
March 4th 2006


3179 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

If i'm ever bored with other music, this is the album I pull out.

sEx_MaGiK
March 9th 2006


8 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I couldnt agree with you more about this band instrumentally, they just have really catchy tunes that somehow get you to sing along to them. I really enjoyed 'A place for my head'



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