Linkin Park
Living Things


3.5
great

Review

by NinthVenom USER (3 Reviews)
February 12th, 2013 | 41 replies | 1,294 views


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Linkin Park puts out yet another solid LP with better songwriting and instrumentals.

5 of 6 thought this review was well written

Linkin Park is one of the more successful acts of the 2000s. With the huge mainstream success of the bands first LP "Hybrid Theory" Linkin Park obtained a large number of fans all around the world. Blending rock and rap together was a risky process but Linkin Park has been able to pull it off over the years. From the Hard Rock focus of "Hybrid Theory" to now the electronic vibe/rock sound of "Living Things", The band has changed it's formula over the years dramatically, which is bound to keep people attention with each album sounding independent. The last 4 albums have been solid, so now lets see how they did in their fifth effort "Living Things"

As I told you Linkin Park sounds a lot different now, and that's great. The songwriting is much more mature and instrumentals now have an electronic vibe that fits perfectly with songs like "Lost In The Echo" and "Burn It Down". Most songs on the album show incredible production quality such as the melodic instrumental and creative lyrics in "Castle Of Glass", my personal favorite on the album. There are a few odd numbers to be mentioned though. "Lies Greed Misery" tends to be obnoxious and feels extremely unbalanced with an instrumental that feels too light-hearted for the song's taste."Until It Breaks" suffers from awkward raps and never reaches a climax or interesting point.

"Living Things" takes a few listens to understand or maybe even slightly admire. However there are things to admire about this album, it's interesting instrumentals and better than average. Yes, better than average still not skyrocketing in greatness, but still quite enjoyable. You may think I'm being unfair not giving credit to Chester, and I give him credit where it is due. His strongest song in the album is probably "Roads Untraveled" also the strongest song on the album. The quality of the vocals on this song is outstanding and is a point of marvel in the album. However in a lot of songs you will find Chester's singing to sound childish. "Lies Greed Misery" being the prime example. The effort here is strong which I was why I give the band so much credit for the album. Some songs may feel awkward and misplaced but the whole package is well worth your money.

Pros: Instrumentals, Lyrics, Production Quality, Vocals (at most points)

Cons: Childish screaming, Lame raps

Track Ratings:
Lost In The Echo-3.5/5
In My Remains- 3.5/5
Burn It Down- 2.5/5
Lies Greed Misery- 1.5/5
I'll Be Gone- 4/5
Castle of Glass-4.5/5
Victimized-4/5
Roads Untraveled- 5/5
Skin To Bone- 3.5/5
Until It Breaks- 2/5
Tinfoil-4/5
Powerless-4.5/5

Recommended Tracks: Powerless, Roads Untraveled, Victimized, Castle Of Glass


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atrink
Contributing Reviewer
February 11th 2013



2788 Comments


Way to stray away from a track by track already man! But i'd leave out the ratings of each song at the
end. it just looks like it's in there for length. this is infinitely better than your last review.
That being said, make sure to try and stick to one review a day. Personally I don't think that it's
that big of a deal, but a lotttt of people get upset over it on this site.

But good improvement man. I wish i had better advice lol

nononsense
February 11th 2013



3263 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

Another rule: 1 review a day.

Digging: For The Fallen Dreams - Heavy Hearts

atrink
Contributing Reviewer
February 11th 2013



2788 Comments


Another rule.. Read the comment ahead of yours before you post a comment to make sure it didn't say the exact same thing ;)

sixdegrees
February 11th 2013



15792 Comments


my advice: try reviewing something that doesn't already have like 20 reviews.

not even being snarky, just a suggestion.



Digging: Advantage Lucy - Have a Good Journey (1996-2000)

Gwyn.
February 11th 2013



14069 Comments


6 pages of reviews

nononsense
February 11th 2013



3263 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

And don't review albums that suck.

NinthVenom
February 11th 2013



13 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Thanks @atrink! @nononsense go away, we don't need you.

atrink
Contributing Reviewer
February 11th 2013



2788 Comments


Fuck it. Review TDAGARIM next. and then jane doe. Just do it

nononsense
February 11th 2013



3263 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

Another rule.. Read the comment ahead of yours before you post a comment to make sure it didn't say the exact same thing ;)

Dammit.

nononsense
February 11th 2013



3263 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

Thanks @atrink! @nononsense go away, we don't need you.

Obviously you do.

NinthVenom
February 11th 2013



13 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Alright @atrink! I'll probably save it for tomorrow so I don't get bitched at lol.

Gwyn.
February 11th 2013



14069 Comments


"Fuck it. Review TDAGARIM next. and then jane doe. Just do it"

Fuck jane doe, reveiw colors and american idiot

atrink
Contributing Reviewer
February 11th 2013



2788 Comments


lmao I'm sorry. i'm kidding. I have a feeling you should lay low for a bit on reviews. Find some obscure nu-metal band or something ;)

nononsense
February 11th 2013



3263 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

The review is actually not bad, pos

NinthVenom
February 11th 2013



13 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

@nononsensense, you must be 12 or something. This album isn't perfect but it's not a 1 by any means. Anyway...shut up unless you have some criticism to build on lol.

nononsense
February 11th 2013



3263 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

I'm just messing with you dude, chill out. If I thought it was bad I would have negged.

CK
February 11th 2013



4560 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

This is easily their worst other than M2M

Also holy fuck two LP reviews on the front page

NeoSpaz
February 11th 2013



4509 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

i can not think of a feasible response to this review other than stop reviewing albums with so many reviews

i guess we all start somewhere, pos.

NeoSpaz
February 11th 2013



4509 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Oh and I wouldn't bother with rating each of the tracks individually at the end.

atrink
Contributing Reviewer
February 11th 2013



2788 Comments


My first review is absolutely terrible. Not that they're much better now ;)



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