Linkin Park
Recharged


2.0
poor

Review

by Alex Carlson USER (50 Reviews)
October 25th, 2013 | 46 replies | 10,680 views


Release Date: 10/29/2013 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Recharged is an uneducated dubstep record where neither the remixer nor the remixed have much to offer.

7 of 8 thought this review was well written

Linkin Park have tried nearly every trick in the book to stay musically relevant after the nu-metal explosion in the late 90’s and early 2000’s, but what’s especially discouraging is that every trick they’ve tried has worked. These guys are still considered alternative beasts on the Billboard charts and with every new album, it’s a new musical misstep. With electronica and dubstep being major foci for popular music nowadays, it’s to be expected that the genres would have an effect on (former) nu-metal band Linkin Park. Unfortunately, Living Things didn’t just have electronica influences: it was an electronica album completely. While Living Things marked Linkin Park conceding nu-metal’s uphill battle to stay relevant, Recharged is Linkin Park’s way of blatantly announcing their recent infatuation with dubstep. But like someone who wants to play rock music but only draws influence from Nickelback, Linkin Park think that dubstep means anything that sounds like Skrillex. This remix album (or “reinterpretation album” as Mike Shinoda calls it, whatever that means) takes these already lackluster recordings and buries them in derivativeness until nothing interesting is left. It’s as soulless a husk as the genre can bring.

None of the songs on Living Things were as memorable as anything from Hybrid Theory (and most certainly not as memorable as anything from Meteora). Aside from brief traces of angsty intrigue in “Lost in the Echo” or the surprisingly atmospheric “Castle of Glass”, it was bleak and suffered from a chronic case of commercial “me-too” syndrome. It didn’t feel like an album from a band that aimed for ambitious experimentation; it felt completely stale. Even with the teenage nostalgia glasses on, it wasn’t a good album, closing every door opened by the small step forward that was A Thousand Suns. You’d think that with four studio albums after their first remix album Reanimation that Linkin Park would use a wider range of recordings to remix than only their most recent one, but the band’s almost fanboyish embrace of dubstep shows that nu-metal is no longer on their minds.

But this unappealing collection of tracks isn’t entirely Linkin Park’s fault. The guest dubsteppers on Recharged are mostly grubby wubbers like Dirtyphonics and KillSonik, artists who have prided themselves on loud, heavy, bass-drop thickened club tracks. This makes a majority of the remixes fit in with the stampede of Noisias, Excisions and Skrillexes running riot across iTunes. Ambiance is not the name of the game on Recharged; it’s constantly shoved aside for randomly placed bass drops and screeching effect sirens without any kind of careful organization. The few traces of diversity on Recharged’s remix lineup lie in songs like Rad Omen’s remix of “Powerless” (a track that sneaks in some nice melody and doesn’t overdo it on the drops) and Money Mark’s remix of “Until it Breaks” (one that actually adds instrument samples that aren’t grounded in wub). For the most part, however, the dubstep contributors on Recharged make no effort to distinguish themselves from each other, causing the album to blend together into an hour-long mess of bass drops and warped synths.

The Steve Aoki-joined “A Light That Never Comes” is the only brand new song on Recharged and it really isn’t anything to write home about. The same rap-sing combo from Shinoda and Bennington that Linkin Park has been using for more than a decade is bombarded from all sides by fluctuating electronica effects, making it sound even more cluttered and claustrophobic than anything released on Living Things. In addition to the dubstep artists on board, the band brings in a few guest rappers as well like Clipse’s Pusha T and UGK’s Bun B. These rappers have very brief inclusions on their respective tracks and behind the synths and bass drops, it’s very hard to hear the distinction in their rapping style. Compared to the plethora of additional singers and rappers on Reanimation, each with a different musical style or background, Recharged has barely any notable guests on vocals. It’s really all about the dubstep.

Mike Shinoda himself also contributes two remixes to Recharged in “Castle of Glass” and “Victimized.” While the former isn’t terrible (though it doesn’t sound nearly as ephemeral as the original Living Things recording), the latter is a prime example of how to degrade a song a dozen or so notches through electronica effects. Shinoda’s remix of “Victimized” is a trainwreck of a recording with every single effect on the system turned up to maximum with no rhyme or reason to think of. It’s loud, it’s obnoxious and it’s by far the track that gets the worst treatment on Recharged (and that’s saying something considering how lackluster the original track was).

Recharged is a record drained of distinction. So much of the album is rooted in dubstep tropes; the brief traces of creativity are smothered by loud and randomly included effects. Seriously: there are fan remixes of Linkin Park recordings that sound better than anything on Recharged. But even if the dubstep contributors made the remixes better and quelled the drops for two seconds, the selection of songs being nearly exclusively from Living Things is a limiting concept. With such a huge discography and clear electronic influence on A Thousand Suns, why not delve into the backlog instead of drawing purely from one of the band’s worst projects? All in all, this isn’t just poor recording and remixing; it’s Linkin Park narrowly focusing on their new dubstep fascination and in the most uneducated way possible. Recharged is a bad Linkin Park album and an even worse dubstep album. If Linkin Park’s future goes further down this road, there won’t be anything left to salvage by the end of next year.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
PostMesmeric
October 24th 2013



360 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Stream on MTV.com (if you dare): http://www.mtv.com/artists/linkin-park/.

oltnabrick
October 24th 2013



30618 Comments


my aoty

Digging: Volcanic Queen - Sullen Empire

30secondstocydonia
October 24th 2013



417 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Yeah, the Victimzed remix was shit. Some of these had decent drops but its not good by any means. And this is coming
from someone who actually liked LIVING THINGS!

Also, the band has said they are basically "anti-nu-metal" now. They'll do anything to get themselves away from rock it
seems.


Mongi123
Contributing Reviewer
October 24th 2013



9799 Comments


Great review. I'll hate this so I'll stay away.

30secondstocydonia
October 24th 2013



417 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

I might lower this to a 2... its pretty bad.

Insurrection
Contributing Reviewer
October 25th 2013



20788 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

should i just 1 this now or

btw nice dig mongi

Digging: Interpol - El Pintor

Mongi123
Contributing Reviewer
October 25th 2013



9799 Comments


Thanks dude. Awesome album.

Scoot
October 25th 2013



17726 Comments


this band should have stopped after meteora

oltnabrick
October 25th 2013



30618 Comments


Not sure who the hell Pusha T is, he kinda sucks

Rastapunk
October 25th 2013



735 Comments


I stopped caring about LP after Minutes To Midnight which wasn't very good... Ah the good ol' days of Hybrid Theory, Reanimation and Meteora...

DrGonzo1937
October 25th 2013



5515 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

Can't believe these guys are still doing this kind of shit. I'll avoid.

trainofconsequence
October 25th 2013



1433 Comments


Ugh

fish.
Contributing Reviewer
October 25th 2013



21790 Comments


so this is basically just electro house versions of their old shit


somehow makes it even more bland


impressive

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RadicalEd
October 25th 2013



2591 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

holy balls this is awful... Did not expected them to put out something thaaaaaaat bad.

Green Baron
October 25th 2013



19662 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5 | Sound Off

i did

Digging: Royal Blood - Royal Blood

Nafain
October 25th 2013



154 Comments


"I stopped caring about LP after Minutes To Midnight which wasn't very good... Ah the good ol' days of Hybrid Theory, Reanimation and Meteora..."

But Reanimation wasn't any good at all :/

Nafain
October 25th 2013



154 Comments


btw nice dig mongi [2]

Awesome album. [2]

NapalmCrusader
October 25th 2013



1737 Comments


Reanimation had decent remixes but it wasn't special. I have to gave credit to the fact that the versions of points of autorithy and forgotten were sick. This one is just filled with uneccesary EDM and dubstep remixes, that will be ok por a party or for some amateur dj but for LP is uneccesary, this by far one of the worst thing they have ever done ( and that is coming from a guy who enjoyed a lot certain songs of living things)

bloc
October 25th 2013



34773 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5 | Sound Off

Reanimation is a classic

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Relinquished
October 25th 2013



24922 Comments


lyrics put aside reanimation did have some sick songs



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