Linkin Park
Living Things


2.5
average

Review

by Nick Mongiardo CONTRIBUTOR (84 Reviews)
March 13th, 2014 | 158 replies


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Despite boasting some impressive tracks, a good portion of the album comes off as either jarring or amateur.

Love them or hate them, a lot of us have to admit Linkin Park has a special place in our hearts. They served as a fantastic starting place for actually getting us into music. Their very accessible nu metal style was and still is extremely catchy and paved the way for our musical tastes. As their career went on, they had a very Radiohead like evolution with A Thousand Suns because of their drastic and unexpected change in style to a more experimental electronic sound. Though the change was overwhelmingly polarizing, it showed a promising leap in maturity and made Linkin Park’s future look unpredictable which was a first for them. However, instead of capitalizing on this maturity they took a step downward and made Living Things: A disappointingly short electronic rock album filled with plenty of great yet brief ideas.

As for those great ideas, “Victimized” remains the most disappointing track on here because of this reason. It’s a painfully short explosion of fantastic drumming, hard hitting guitar riffs and impressive screamed vocals. All of these amazing aspects are never to be seen again and the short nature of the track really leaves the listener craving more. The interlude “Tinfoil” also contains some wonderful ideas and if they expanded this track and added them into more of the album it could have been quite something. Barely over a minute, it’s a short burst of beautiful guitar distortion and elements of electronica. Even though these songs are quite enjoyable, they leave the listener feeling gipped and begging for more.

The listener can get a sense of what to expect by just looking at the track listing. None of the tracks on Living Things break the four minute mark and two out of the twelve are under two minutes. This wouldn’t be a problem if the quality made up for the quantity, but no dice. The album has some tracks that are either strangely amateur or annoying. “In My Remains” has a solid chorus performance from Chester, but it doesn’t change how the guitar riffs are too simple and lack character. It’s quite amateur on a technical level and quite jarring coming from a band that has been in the music industry for more than ten years. “Burn It Down” features an unfortunate electronic opening and generic rhythm that reeks of radio gold. Chester’s performance one again remains admirable, but Mike’s rapping bridge comes off as laughably out of place given the type of instrumentals being played. When it comes to lyrical content Linkin Park has never really nailed it completely and this stands as no exception. “Lies Greed Misery’s” lyrics are so cringe worthy and will leave the listener begging for “Papercut’s” punchy lyrical content. Mike’s rapping also doesn’t work even in the slightest with the painful dubs going on in the background. It’s safe to say that when they fail on Living Things they fail miserably, but when they give it right it can make for some very enjoyable tracks.

Album highlight “Castle Of Glass” showcases the Chester/Mike vocal interplay at its best and stands as one of the band’s best songs. Catchy lyrics, unique drumming and an atmospheric electronic vibe all make this track stand tall over the others. Their fantastic interplay carries over into the rock solid power ballad “Roads Untraveled” which showcases a refreshing change of pace from all the heaviness and electronics that came before. Chester also delivers a beautiful performance in the power ballad closer “Powerless.” In fact he manages to save some songs from being a total drag and “I’ll Be Gone” serves as a solid example. Despite some more boring guitar chords, Chester’s awe inspiring performance really delivers.

Living Things really epitomizes the word “average.” It’s not a terrible record, but also not an exceptional one that will win over any of the Linkin Park haters. In fact, it will make the haters hate even more if that even proves to be possible. Even though Living Things has its fair share of impressive tracks, but doesn’t change how short and mundane a good portion on the album is. Though they got the experimental part right with A Thousand Suns, their more electronic side they should stay away from. Hopefully their talent will be well placed on the next record.



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Mongi123
Contributing Reviewer
March 13th 2014


10396 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

All the LP talk on here got me in the mood to write this haha

Toondude10
March 13th 2014


4034 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Unnecessary really. Like we needed another review of this.

Granted it's another good read all the same.

Digging: Queens of the Stone Age - Songs for the Deaf

Mongi123
Contributing Reviewer
March 13th 2014


10396 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Yea I know it didn't need another one. I just really wanted to write it. But thanks man!

Toondude10
March 13th 2014


4034 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

You know, now that I think about it, this reads more like a 2 honestly. You probably could state a little more positive things on this if you can.

Though I agree with Castle of Glass. Definitely the best song on the album.

Mongi123
Contributing Reviewer
March 13th 2014


10396 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Whoa 7 pages I didn't even realize it had so many shit lol

Toondude10
March 13th 2014


4034 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

You didn't think to look beforehand?

Mongi123
Contributing Reviewer
March 13th 2014


10396 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

No I should prob do that from now on when I wanna review something well known now haha oh well I'm happy with how this turned out anyway.

ASnideReturns
March 13th 2014


4961 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Better than Hybrid Theory

Digging: Rebirth of Enora - Downgrading

Gyromania
March 13th 2014


15791 Comments


yah idk why you reviewed this of all albums tbh. if you were staunchly defending it or something i'd
get it but otherwise it seems wholly unnecessary. also, there are some redundancies - "nu metal/rap
metal style" nu-metal encompasses rap, so you only need to say 'nu-metal'. well written review though

Digging: Lantlos - .neon

Toondude10
March 13th 2014


4034 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Note to self: If there's a billion reviews of this already...don't make it a billion and one.

Mongi123
Contributing Reviewer
March 13th 2014


10396 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

I wanted to review something negativity for a change idk. But thanks I'll change that.

Green Baron
March 13th 2014


20000 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

The ratings chart for this is so polarizing.

Gyromania
March 13th 2014


15791 Comments


it's all good man, not trying to sound like a dick or anything. there are albums i'd love to review (like nin's downward spiral) but haven't because i know i'll get flamed for adding another review of essentially the same perspective.

Mongi123
Contributing Reviewer
March 13th 2014


10396 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Yea I know. Like I knew this had a lot of revs but if I had looked and saw this many pages I wouldn't
have done it haha

But same man. I'd love to review Brand New's Devil And God but it has nearly 8 pages lol so I won't.

Green Baron
March 13th 2014


20000 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Hey I tried covering Downward Spiral from a different angle and it still got mixed reactions from the Sputbase

Toondude10
March 13th 2014


4034 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

@Green, it's not really polarizing, it's more like everyone is in the middle and aren't that different about it.

Green Baron
March 13th 2014


20000 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

That's a better way of putting it.

Toondude10
March 13th 2014


4034 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Or more like, "mixed feelings" might suit well too, but then again, there are quite a bit of 2 ratings.

Killerhit
March 13th 2014


5250 Comments


powerless and castle of glass

hell yea

Ecnalzen
March 13th 2014


6574 Comments


Holy shit, this has 7 pages of reviews.



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