Linkin Park
One More Light


1.0
awful

Review

by DoctorsHateThis USER (2 Reviews)
May 19th, 2017 | 124 replies


Release Date: 2017 | Tracklist

Review Summary: The audacity to tell their fans to “move the fuck on” amazes me.

Despite having composed many catchy singles as they evolved their musical style in their albums after Meteora, Linkin Park have long since lost any touch of originality. Even their 2014 return to “hard rock”, The Hunting Party, failed to spark up any interest with tired fans, though it felt like the right direction for the band after all the aimless wandering of the previous albums. Their singles for this latest album, One More Light, were spectacularly lackluster and severely disappointing to fans of all kinds, and each song lowered the expectations of any maturity in the songwriting or composition – when leader singer Chester Bennington was confronted for the lack of teen angst in his lyrics, he shot back that “he was 41”. His words completely contradict the fact that his band’s latest music blatantly panders to lovesick, partying millennials and has no semblance of experience or creativity thrown in it. Witness the boy bandification of Linkin Park!

Each song is an overproduced mess of hi-hat shakers, syncopated kick drums, swelling synths, and cut-up pitches shifted vocals all structured in the dullest intro-verse-chorus-repeat sequencing imaginable. The music clearly is influenced by Twenty One Pilots and The Chainsmokers – to be frank I’d rather listen to the garbage that DJ duo comes up with than hear a vapid derivative of it performed by an aging former nu-metal band. There are a bare few moments throughout the album that slightly engage a listener, such as the intro sections for Talking to Myself or Sharp Edges where phased out synths neatly compliment guitar passages. Chester’s and Mike’s vocal delivery, as always, are impeccable to the extent where they seem plastic and overproduced, and carry through otherwise tiring songs such as Nobody Can Save Me, Invisible or Heavy with mild choruses. Drummer Rob Bourdon’s, guitarist Brad Delson’s and bassist Dave Farrell’s apparent absence in any form of songwriting jeopardizes all potential the album’s instrumentals could have had and leave room for tepid sing-alongs. Expect to hear repeated drum loops as Chester moons on over some unsophisticated interpretation of teenage romanticism, leading up to the cringiest of bass drops and choruses, all unable to make you tap your feet or thrust your arms in the air. Any more elaboration of the quality of music you'll hear on this would be a sin for me and a waste of your time.

This is music a teenager might record on their DAW late at night and then delete upon hearing it the next day. This junk is slow enough to not even warrant repetitions on fraternity parties despite those being the target venues. This album would make a perfect soundtrack for a film of the band members circle-jerking off to a large pile of record sales as their record labels applaud them on. It sounds like the laziest attempt to polish a turd and bury it in a chest, and then pretend younger generations are simple enough to dig down to revere it as a catchy pop album. This is an album The Chainsmokers could write within an hour and then decide to quietly release as an EP. This is music I'm glad I didn't torrent and instead just used Spotify with advertisements to check out. I wouldn't even shit to this music because it makes me constipated. This is the dying breath of an uninspired band so exhausted that they couldn't even rehash the energy their early work demonstrated. This is the musical equivalent of Tommy Wiseau’s The Room, minus all the hilarious memes that could be spawned out of it. It’s unsophisticated, unoriginal and boy is it a marvelous fail at changing your genre as a musical act.


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DoctorsHateThis
May 19th 2017


24 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

1) Only my second review, so criticism is always welcome! Also, do I have to use HTML tags to italicize here?

2) Sorry for my rant, I didn't want to leave a sincere review because it doesn't deserve one.

TVC15
May 19th 2017


8444 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Idk what HTML is but to italicizes you do [i][/i] then insert text between that



For more concerning this kinda stuff check this link: http://www.sputnikmusic.com/forums/misc.php?do=bbcode

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TVC15
May 19th 2017


8444 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

The Hunting Party, failed to spark up any interest with tired fans,




Did it really? I thought the consensus was that it was a great return to form. Most who I've seen bitch about it sounded like they probably didn't even hear it besides a radio edit of Guilty All the Same and Until It's Gone



More edits/suggestions/questions later busy rn

William21
May 19th 2017


165 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

In addition to the whole "move the f on" thing, let's not forget about how Chester told people who said LP were selling out to "stab themselves in the face with a fork."

Storm In A Teacup
May 19th 2017


22057 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

these mother fuckers need to quit playing with my heart

Azertherion
May 19th 2017


430 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0 | Sound Off

Great review my man. I'm going to listen to this just to see how deep can it go.

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neekafat
May 19th 2017


4083 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

"these mother fuckers need to quit playing with my heart"

[2]

TVC15
May 19th 2017


8444 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Yeah actually this isn't that bad, especially with the ranty tone it has

rodrigo90
May 19th 2017


2946 Comments


The album doesn't even work as music to have sex with. Well I'm not a sympathizer of that practice but I enjoy making fun of this album A LOT.

VheissuCrisis
Emeritus
May 19th 2017


1366 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

"You didn’t come here to read my vitriol towards this new album, so let’s get on with the review."



Fairly redundant statement. I suspect most people enjoyed the vitriol of the opening paragraph, so I'd remove that line.



Good review, especially for a second.

FearThyEvil
May 19th 2017


15274 Comments


they should take their own advice and "move on" as a band if they keep producing shit like this

geezers1989
May 19th 2017


172 Comments


is this worth checking for shits and giggles or nah

rodrigo90
May 19th 2017


2946 Comments


Unless you enjoyed the chainsmokers album, it's a 100% negative.

Sinternet
May 19th 2017


14501 Comments


challenging the new suicide silence as worst album of the year so far

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Faraudo
May 19th 2017


1752 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

I really like Linkin Park, but this is fucking terrible. It's like a Chainsmokers album, but worse.

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RogueNine
May 19th 2017


3298 Comments


Indie pop cover art to boot.

Gyromania
May 19th 2017


22752 Comments


I don't like these guys anymore but the 1s are hilarious. So sure it's worthy of worst albums of all time status. It's just harmless radio rock tbh

TVC15
May 19th 2017


8444 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Calling a pop album harmless radio rock

rodrigo90
May 19th 2017


2946 Comments


If your crush is a fan of this album you'd fuck her in no more than 2 dates.

Gyromania
May 19th 2017


22752 Comments


People cling to hating this for sputnik cred and because of its popularity. There is shit out there a thousand times times worse than linkin park that gets zero exposure. This obviously isn't good but a 1/5 is a gross exaggeration



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