Linkin Park
Meteora


5.0
classic

Review

by Observer EMERITUS
September 4th, 2009 | 337 replies


Release Date: 2003 | Tracklist

Review Summary: For me--and possibly for me alone--sentimentality overrides technicality when it comes to Linkin Park's Meteora.

It is in my own biased and unprofessional opinion that I believe there are two types of classic albums in relation to this site and the users that use it. The first type is one that is considered by nearly every fan and critic--excluding outliers--as a landmark album in music history. These albums are often the first of their kind or the perfection of the genre in which they are created. Such examples of universally classic albums are those like Radiohead’s Ok Computer, The Beatles’s Sgt Pepper’s, or Metallica’s Master of Puppets. While I, personally, am not attached to anyone of these, I at least recognize their significance in the music world and honor and respect them accordingly.

The second type of classic album is what I call a “sentimental classic”. These albums are more for the individual or a small group of people that share similar feelings for the album. The music doesn’t have to sound good, technical, or appealing to any other critic or user present; it just has to mean a lot to that one person via memories or emotions of the past attached to the songs. It is also possible that this could have been the first album that a listener has ever heard from a new genre. These albums often have the effect of getting the listener into music as a whole--or maybe just a particular genre--merely because of the album’s impact on their ears. Many users may gladly put such albums in their sections for classic ratings, or some may try to hide them because they are too embarrassed to admit it, citing that they no longer listen to the music. Whatever the case, most of us have albums that, while they may be scoffed at from the other users, mean so much more to us, going beyond the actual quality of the music in question.

Linkin Park's Meteora is the first “heavy” album I ever heard, and its influence has guided me to the music I now listen to today. Not only this, but Meteora is packed with sentimental memories and feelings that come back to me every time I hear it. Yes, the music is a copy of their famous debut, and yes, it is technically unchallenging and tailor-made for the masses, but that doesn’t matter to me. I realize they aren’t “freaking amazing” - an illusion that many of their short-sighted and annoying fans would probably die by. They are a leader in modern rock though, releasing successful single after successful single; they have a formula for success that always seems to work.

The album features six singles; many of which did well on the charts. Lead single "Somewhere I Belong" features an interesting intro and is the anthem of the lost and down-trodden. "Faint" is that same anthem--only rewritten with a passionate and angry agenda for vengeance. Possibly the album’s most famous song, "Numb" features that catchy keyboard intro and chorus that is probably on constant rotation in the heads of the band’s fans. "Breaking the Habit" is the 'quiet song' of the album and gives a nod to electronica influences as well; once again the band is writing the album for those depressed and looking for a better life and place in the world. Personal favorite, "Lying From You" features what I believe to be the best vocal performance from Chester Bennighton and Mike Shinoda. The duo bounces off of each other here effortlessly for positive effect as they swim in and out of the song’s characteristic keyboard and guitar riff.

The other songs on the album are tailor-made to appease the masses as well--just in case the band had decided to release them as singles too. "Don’t Stay", "Hit the Floor", "Figure 09", "Easier to Run", and "Nobody’s Listening" don’t let up in Meteora's established set of commercial and angry rock. This actually may be the album’s only redeeming factory to many critics--in a music quality sense anyway. The band are consistent: their filler material only being defined by the level the listener loves or hates the band before listening to them.

Linkin Park’s Meteora is a sentimental classic to me, and given the album’s success, probably to many others here as well. I have come to realize over the years that the album is technically inferior to most metal bands out there, and that the band only makes music for commercial reasons. This, however, doesn’t change the fact that Meteora had so much impact on my life; the fact that so many memories are attached to it; the fact that I love the music that I now listen to because of it. I’m quite scared in regard to how this review will - or will not - be received, but I felt like I needed to review this for sentimental reasons instead of the indifferent agenda of the common music critic. Many users here have albums like Meteora; however, they may just be too hesitant and embarrassed to admit it.



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Observer
Emeritus
September 4th 2009


9112 Comments


I'm quite nervous.

Digging: Aleph (MN) - Ego Death

mitch91
September 4th 2009


420 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Well you're brave, I'll give you that!

LepreCon
September 4th 2009


5479 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Review's fine, can't say I agree with the rating, plus I prefer Hybrid Theory

Observer
Emeritus
September 4th 2009


9112 Comments


Yeah, I actually heard Hybrid Theory after this one.

ZeroTolerance
September 4th 2009


435 Comments


Huh.

Boognish
September 4th 2009


1003 Comments


Honey i blew up the kid

scyther
September 4th 2009


1606 Comments


Good review but I think you should get rid of the narrative.

Observer
Emeritus
September 4th 2009


9112 Comments


Yeah it seems somewhat lengthy I guess.

Still, I think this was the only way I could justify giving the album a classic rating. There's no way I could write a regular review based on music critique and give this a classic status. Even I know its not "classic material"

Oh well, just wanted to do something different.

scyther
September 4th 2009


1606 Comments


I'm saying it's easier to take this review seriously if you disregard those paragraphs that are supposed to tell us why your writing this, which is something I could gather from the rest of the review. I doubt you'll get any negs since it's well-written otherwise.

Observer
Emeritus
September 4th 2009


9112 Comments


Oh alright, I gotcha . . .

So say I discount the first three paragraphs, make any changes that causes . . . . how would that look?

scyther
September 4th 2009


1606 Comments


The first paragraph and that little bit between the fourth and the fifth I would toss. The stuff about the sentimental classic is pretty important to the rest of the review.

Titan50
September 4th 2009


4588 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I prefer it with the three first paragraphs.



Great review, earned a pos. This would be a 5 for me two years ago, but its effect has worn off for me. Hybrid Theory holds much more to me, and I'm considering giving it a 4.5 as opposed to its 4



Cool album anyhow, rating would be higher if this was their debut or Hybrid Theory sounded different

Observer
Emeritus
September 4th 2009


9112 Comments


Alright . . .

How's that look? Thanks by the way.

scyther
September 4th 2009


1606 Comments


Please don’t read this review and think I praise the band and this record as being “gods” in any way, I merely hold it so high because of my own flawed human bias that affects every review I write, honest or not, and for my past experiences that took place when I first heard Meteora.

I don't mean to be telling you how to write but just to clarify this is the bit I was referring to. From now on let your readers decide your opinion for themselves.

Observer
Emeritus
September 4th 2009


9112 Comments


Oh it's cool. You have more experience anyway, so I'm happy to learn.

scyther
September 4th 2009


1606 Comments


Well now it's looking swanky.

Titan50
September 4th 2009


4588 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

looks better

Greggers
September 4th 2009


2375 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Well-written review, good job

EVedder27
September 4th 2009


6088 Comments


great review man. I agree with the "sentimental" argument to an extent.

Observer
Emeritus
September 4th 2009


9112 Comments


Thanks.



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