Linkin Park
Hybrid Theory


4.0
excellent

Review

by Outkast150 USER (13 Reviews)
June 29th, 2014 | 22 replies


Release Date: 2000 | Tracklist


Beginning with the name “Xero” then transitioning to “Hybrid Theory” and releasing their first EP in 1999, Linkin Park began it’s first major steps into the music world. Changing the name once more, Linkin Park had made an extreme jump. Signing with a label and recording their excellent debut album, “Hybrid Theory”, an album that mixed had brought an existing but less known genre to the eyes and ears of many, Nu Metal.
From beginning to end this album pulls it off. The first track, “Papercut”, was a spectacular beginning. Joe Hahn, Linkin Park’s turntablist, brings a beat followed by the sounds of guitars shredding, and finally bringing in the drums. Bringing an epic sound at start it tones down so everyone’s ears can hear Mike Shinoda’s hardcore rapping. Then a loud, banging chorus by Chester Bennington keeps the attention as it transitions to Mike’s second verse. Following again is the chorus to the bridge where Chester brings a range of singing starting high and low, with the chorus sung one last time by Mike.
Even some of the greatest albums can feature one of the stalest songs. The second track and debut single “One Step Closer” had a rebellious theme featuring excellent instrumentals but Chester’s singing had not lived up to the rest of the album. To go with the only bit of terrible singing on the album this song is accompanied by terrible lyrics and a less intellectual or creative chorus.
Skipping down to the fifth track “Crawling”, this could be seen as one of the softer tracks but still manages to keep blow us away with the hard sounding chorus. This song mainly leaned toward the rock genre due to the absences of Mike’s rapping however still remains in the alternative because of it’s style. Starting with a roaring chorus with shredding riffs and hard drum beats it transitions to the first verse where Chester softly sings. Before transitioning back to the chorus in both verses, Mike does bring hook and Chester powerfully screams into the chorus once more.
The sixth track “Runaway” has a similar feel to “Crawling”. Again it leans toward the rock genre with none of Mike’s rapping. Chester softly sings through the verses and again Mike creates a hook that transitions in the chorus where the instruments all blend into together like art. Toward the end of the song Mike sings through the bridge and back into the chrous with Chester’s loudly singing.
The songs “By Myself”, “In The End”, and “Forgotten” brings back the Linkin Parks well known sound. Hard guitar riffs, banging drums, turntables, and Mike’s rapping. In each of the songs the chorus has loud, hardcore instrumentals with Chester’s singing. Whereas the verses there is a beat created by turntables that flows perfectly with Mike’s rapping. Every band begins somewhere and “Hybrid Theory” was an awesome start to Linkin Park.

Recommended Tracks:
Papercut
Points of Authority
Runaway
In The End
Forgotten

Unrecommended Tracks:
One Step Closer
Cure For The Itch



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erizen826
June 29th 2014


857 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Holy shit dude, paragraphs.

BMDrummer
June 29th 2014


14646 Comments


[2] Also, this is basically a tbt in disguise

erizen826
June 29th 2014


857 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I wouldn't know. I saw the wall of text and decided it wasn't worth the headache.

Mort.
Contributing Reviewer
June 29th 2014


14598 Comments


this is a tbt barely in disguise

Digging: Camel - Mirage

Snake.
June 29th 2014


21814 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

i take it you don't read any replies

Snake.
June 29th 2014


21814 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

really futures? a 4.5?

Outkast150
June 29th 2014


6 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

SnakeDelilah, I like how you give major constructive criticism, but to be honest your starting to become a real pain. How about you save both of us the headache and when you see my name on things just don't read them.

Snake.
June 29th 2014


21814 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Because this is a public internet music forum and I have the freedom to give you constructive criticism (the comments that I made toward you weren't even criticism lol thanks tho)?

BMDrummer
June 29th 2014


14646 Comments


Wouldn't you want help to improve your reviews though?

erizen826
June 29th 2014


857 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Wouldn't you want help to improve your reviews though? [2]



Have you not noticed your approval rating is pretty much non-existent?

MrSirLordGentleman
June 29th 2014


12815 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

unrecommended is a word?

erizen826
June 29th 2014


857 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

It is not.

trackbytrackreviews
June 29th 2014


3406 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

You got a problem with track-by-tracks BMDrummer?

Irving
Staff Reviewer
June 30th 2014


7502 Comments

Album Rating: 3.8

KRAWLIIIN INNNN MAI SKINNNNNN

Subho
June 30th 2014


128 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Press Enter twice while separating paragraphs. And decide if you wanna do a TbT or an analytical review. You spent far too much time discussing the songs and then nothing.



Some promise in there, though, so keep writing.

ScuroFantasma
Staff Reviewer
June 30th 2014


11746 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

The paragraphs you have on a word document or whatever don't transition over when it's copied and pasted into the submit section here, so hit the enter button on your reviews and fix that immediately.



Also, this isn't even a quasi-tbt because you don't actually say much of anything. Basically, you're just writing about the layout of the songs. This is a review dude, not a song structuring lesson. Telling the reader that the song follows 'Chorus Verse Chorus Bridge etc.' and that Chester sings here, then the drums kick in there - none of it helps the reader understand why the album is good or bad. You need to review the album; state positive/negative points, comment on the song-writing, but don't dominate the review with a guided tour on specific songs.

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Muisc4Life26
June 30th 2014


3468 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

not a bad review but it needs paragraphs

titanslayer
June 30th 2014


2713 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

lol at outkast getting mad at snake

ThrashTillDeath94
June 30th 2014


784 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

"Bringing an epic sound at start it tones down so everyone’s ears can hear Mike Shinoda’s hardcore rapping."



Wow you really lost me there. Nothing about this album is "hardcore". That actually reads like a troll review.

TheGreatQ
July 1st 2014


2877 Comments


lol this is like a plot summary for a movie not a review of an album



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