Linkin Park
Road to Revolution


2.0
poor

Review

by MiK USER (9 Reviews)
November 25th, 2008 | 39 replies


Release Date: 2008 | Tracklist


Another year, another Linkin Park feature is presented. Year after year, the band have dedicated themselves to releasing surprisingly mediocre-to-poor efforts ever since the initial success of Meteora. With a collaboration album with Jay-Z that earned a Grammy award, Linkin Park did not go down hard. The last official live release of the band came from the Texas show, appropriately titled "Live In Texas". That was 2004, when their nu-metal experiments actually meant something and this specific genre could be accepted without debate. A few years later and the results are amazingly similar with the release of "Road To Revolution". The double-disc set captures the band's June 29th, 2008 show at the Milton Keynes National Bowl in South East England. Nothing has changed other than the fact that lead vocalist Chester Bennington's voice is often distorted during performances. Mike Shinoda doesn't do much this time, and much of the show ends being focused around Bennington.

The opening track, "One Step Closer", introduces surging electronic turntable effects before echoeing guitars invade the scene. Brad Delson, the band's guitarist, does an acceptionally good job on the guitar riff. Like the original, the song is played out for 3 minutes before breaking into the beautiful "From The Inside", which sounds great considering its a live show. MC Shinoda throws in his emotional lyrics before the chorus, having roaring guitars over Bennington's distorted voice.

Jay-Z pays his contribution as well, being featured on two tracks, the popular "Numb/Encore" and poorly mixed "Jigga What/Faint". To be honest, this is the biggest surprise of the entire performance. Some songs, although described as melodramatic and sad, ironically brighten the show up. "The Little Things Give You Away" is a 6-minute trip through some dangerously "emo" terrain, but turns out to be quite the performance. The song is played accoustic until the 4-minute mark when a brilliant guitar solo invades the atmosphere, reminiscent of Radiohead and Coldplay. The rest of the song plays out into a fading sample. Not to say the entire album gives up some great performances. It has its many obvious flaws as well...

"Numb", even though considered one of their best songs, sounds very weak and out of place. Part of that points to the lousy drumming and Bennington's tiresome voice. He doesn't pack enough energy to perform these type of songs anymore, so arrangements on the setlist were made to play much of their heavier songs first. That is one of the biggest mistakes RTR has, and is notable immediately. Over the 80-minute long live performance, Linkin Park decrease in all energy and unlike Metallica or Slipknot, as the show goes on it runs out of steam. That puts to question how they've managed such a tour like Projekt Revolution.

What it comes down to is Linkin Park putting out another poor live album. If you already have "Live in Texas", I don't see any point in getting "Road To Revolution" unless you like Jay-Z in only a couple of songs or actually enjoy "Minutes To Midnight" which I found to be their weakest to date. Some neat little touches enhance RTR's rating, though, like for instance the packaging materials used for the cover are eco-friendly, with a handful of hidden bonus tracks and a booklet that includes exclusive live photos. Something I would expect from U2, but certainly not from the likes of Linkin Park. I cannot recommend this, point being it sounds no different to any other show they've put out and falls flat to repetition.

Definitely check out
"One Step Closer"
"From The Inside"
"The Little Things Give You Away"
"Crawling"
"Numb/Encore (featuring Jay-Z)"



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AtavanHalen
November 25th 2008


17920 Comments


Average review, but you're still new.
"acceptionally" should be "exceptionally", for starters.
Otherwise, there's some good ideas here.
The bootlegs I have from their latest tour are excellent.

bastard
November 25th 2008


3432 Comments


LP - Studio =/ happy good time.

MiK
November 25th 2008


240 Comments


acceptionally" should be "exceptionally", for starters.

Alright, thanks. is there any way to edit reviews?



bastard
November 25th 2008


3432 Comments


http://www.sputnikmusic.com/editreviews.php

DaveyBoy
Staff Reviewer
November 25th 2008


22455 Comments


How did this get missed on the Sputnik News release page? This is the first I have heard of this album at all.

EDIT: It was on there... I just totally missed it.This Message Edited On 11.25.08

bastard
November 25th 2008


3432 Comments


Well I am perfectly happy with this getting little/no attention.

Auldy
November 25th 2008


350 Comments


i have all the Linkin Park studio albums (not includin the Collision Course thingo with Jay Z). But I'm not keen to check this out, unless its was fairly cheap, but otherwise...

DaveyBoy
Staff Reviewer
November 25th 2008


22455 Comments


^^^ Give it a couple of months.

Auldy
November 25th 2008


350 Comments


haha. Chester Bennington's got a good husky like belt. Be interesting if those rumors about him singing on a track on Slash's solo album are true.

JAV
November 25th 2008


2782 Comments


Why am I not surprised LP released another cd full of old songs.

Mendigo
November 25th 2008


2299 Comments


ever since the initial success of Meteora

I think you meant Hybrid Theory, but I'm not sure.
While I believe their studio albums aren't as bad as many want them to be, the Live in Texas album was one of the weakest records I've ever heard. So I definitely will avoid this like the devil.

AndyRictor2000
November 25th 2008


146 Comments


Ditto to the above comment. Hybrid Theory was the pinnacle of this band's success. It's been a downward spiral ever since.

foreverendeared
November 25th 2008


14677 Comments


the downward spiral is pretty good, but the fragile is definitely their best

BallsToTheWall
November 25th 2008


48160 Comments


What?

Digging: Vreid - I Krig

foreverendeared
November 25th 2008


14677 Comments


lol

JAV
November 25th 2008


2782 Comments


Nicely done.

VicariousIntent
November 25th 2008


1626 Comments


Whenever I've heard LP live, they sort of disappoint. If there's any reason I want to hear this, it's because I want to put to rest in my mind the thought that Chester is actually capable of the scream in Given Up. I KNOW he can't do it, but I need proof to just be completely satisfied.
Pretty good review too.

Distance
November 25th 2008


113 Comments


in your reviews don't ever say that slipknot is better than anybody, because they lick turds

foreverendeared
November 25th 2008


14677 Comments


how bout you do that in your reviews and let MiK do his thing

MiK
November 25th 2008


240 Comments


I never say Slipknot was any better than Linkin Park. I'm just saying they put on a better show.



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