Linkin Park
The Hunting Party


3.0
good

Review

by Jordan CONTRIBUTOR (97 Reviews)
June 18th, 2014 | 15 replies


Release Date: 06/17/2014 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Killing Time

There's something to be said for the rockist inspired efforts we see this side of the century. While constantly criticized, it's often seen that refocusing music to the simple brand of the guitar can have revitalizing influences for a band. It may stifle creativity, regardless though it creates passion in the eyes of the embittered, torn down by constantly attempting to evolve. Linkin Park's latest foray is of this kin- stripped of almost all processed beats and radio presence, The Hunting Party is a conscious throwback to the state of rock and hip-hop before the all too hyperbolically detested nu-metal 'killed it' in the early part of the 21st Century.

It takes chutzpah to recognize the wrongs that filtered through on Living Things, and The Hunting Party makes sure to right all wrongs in immediate fashion. Gone is the immediate singles that made an embarrassment of Minutes to Midnight and clunky experiments that ruined valiant exploration A Thousand Suns, in its place a band that are far more content to enjoy their craft than make it unnecessarily protracted and force a finger on the pulse. Now, Linkin Park is free to invite guests into the studio- the spastic thrash of "Rebellion" (with Daron Malakian) and immensely tight riffing of "All for Nothing" (with Page Hamilton) standing out the most for invoking the passion within Mike Shinoda. It's clear that while the band have abandoned electronics, Delson and Shinoda are given space to exhibit their well honed craft.

It's rarely ever a disappointment, as the likes of "Keys to the Kingdom" and "Guilty All the Same" can attest, but it is questionable of Linkin Park's career as a whole. Unable to incorporate the fantastic riff rock here with the electronica explored on past efforts, there's an air of difficulty to their craft it's obvious they have yet to master. Other throwbacks remain carefree and joyous if not totally banal; hardcore punk rocker "War", obligatory radio ballads "Until It's Gone" and "Final Masquerade". Minus the influence of Rick Rubin, Shinoda loses innovative vision but instead sounds far less labored in his compositions- when the album eventually arrives at the twin-axe attack "A Line in the Sand", it's apparent that the forced attempts at modernity on Living Things are now confined to history. For what it's worth, The Hunting Party is at the very least the most enjoyable Linkin Park releases in years.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Arcade
Contributing Reviewer
June 17th 2014


6906 Comments


did this need another review?

Nah.

feedback appreciated.

Digging: Elliott Smith - Heaven Adores You

NocteDominum
June 18th 2014


7220 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

A rating I can closely agree with. Solid write up.

Arcade
Contributing Reviewer
June 18th 2014


6906 Comments


@frotheinside: I'm honestly not sure if you're being sincere or sarcastic lol

should I take it out? Idk I like the word, it's got a lot of [sic] chutzpah

Arcade
Contributing Reviewer
June 18th 2014


6906 Comments


cheeeeeers maaaaan :thumb:

fallenbird
June 18th 2014


4264 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

pos'd cause you're awesome even though we don't usually agree on shit.

fallenbird
June 18th 2014


4264 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

mostly because chutzpah but still

Arcade
Contributing Reviewer
June 18th 2014


6906 Comments


it's in my belief that Sputnikmusic needs to say the words chutzpah, indolence, and polemic far more than it currently does.

Green Baron
June 18th 2014


22049 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Reads more like a 3.5/4 but maybe that's just me

Irving
Staff Reviewer
June 18th 2014


7463 Comments

Album Rating: 3.7

Omg the grammarz on this one.

Arcade
Contributing Reviewer
June 18th 2014


6906 Comments


plz poynt ouht ther grammrz coz i nvr relly bothar proohf reding

miketunneyiscool123
August 22nd 2014


2700 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

The soloing is eh, but I'm glad to hear these guys utilizing their riffing and drumming especially.

KILL
August 22nd 2014


76030 Comments


bro the solos are friedman lvl

miketunneyiscool123
August 28th 2014


2700 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

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That's a funny joke my friend!



XD

Artuma
August 28th 2014


22457 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

those riffs tho m/

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miketunneyiscool123
June 17th 2015


2700 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

LP is pretty lame anyway.



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