Linkin Park
One More Light Live


3.0
good

Review

by Herbie Chrost USER (20 Reviews)
December 21st, 2017 | 19 replies


Release Date: 2017 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A good performance, but not the band's best tribute to Chester.

Linkin Park fan or not, the death of Chester Bennington was a crushing blow to both the music community and pop culture. This blow was particularly brutal for the band whose reactions were very much of shock and grief. Down the line, the band released official videos of Chester’s gorgeous live performance videos of Crawling and One More Light which initially received attention as fan recorded videos. November, the same year of Chester’s death, the band live streamed their tribute concert for Chester dubbed Linkin Park and Friends Life in Honor of Chester Bennington. Indeed, not a single singer in the performance could even come close to matching that of Chester, but this was easily more than made up for the amount of effort and passion every performer put into the show. Despite all the promotion and attention the tribute concert had, there was also this live album slated to be dropped in the middle of December titled One More Light Live which the band also proudly dedicates to Chester as it is a recording of the final show that the band performed with Chester.

On One More Light Live, the One More Light songs definitely benefit from the fact that they are performed with more organic instrumentation, but a running problem throughout the live album is how every instrument is mixed. The guitars are very quiet (somewhat more noticeable than on the One More Light studio album, although that's surprisingly not saying a lot), the bass could have been more noticeable, and the vocals are a bit too on top of the music. Frankly, it sounds like a very well polished bootleg from soundboard audio of the different performances. However, if that actually were the case, it would not be very surprising considering how this live album seems to primarily exist as a tribute to Chester and the show was not considered to be transformed into a live album.

The tracklist is very well chosen and the band absolutely brought their A-game. There are times like on “New Divide” and “Burn it Down” where Chester's or Mike's vocals will suddenly go low in volume (although this may likely be due to their mics going too far away from their mouths) but it is not persistent enough to be an overall detriment to the experience. However, there is an instance during the performance of the song “One More Light” where Chester screams “Well I Do!” away from the mic but loud enough that its echo creates an extremely chilling effect. The now famous renditions of “One More Light” and “Crawling” are phenomenal with the latter being reminiscent of the beautiful piano ballad rendition of “Pushing Me Away” from the band's Road to Revolution gig. In typical Linkin Park fashion, some songs will have a little twist to them. The mashup of “Fallout” and “Roads Untraveled” that opens “Talking to Myself” and the “Numb/Encore” verses that show up on “Numb” are great surprises for the fans listening.

Overall, the performance quality of One More Light Live is not very far off from that of their last legendary concert/live album, Road to Revolution. Unfortunately, because of the nature of this album’s existence, this does not seem like it will have a DVD video to come with it. Just like Road to Revolution, the performances themselves are great, but there is not much to offer in them that the studio counterparts do not already offer (bar the performances of the One More Light songs on here, to an extent) and this is further hurt by not having the additional pleasure of actually watching the band performing the songs. There is also the fact to consider that the listener’s enjoyment will also come down to how much they may tolerate a tracklist that heavily leans on songs from One More Light because these are still very much the same songs from that studio album, just with the passion of a live performance and played with more organic instrumentation.

Despite this, One More Light Live is very much a recommendable listen for any Linkin Park fan because of how much justice was done for the One More Light tracks and the strong vocal performance of Chester. However, a more definitive and stronger tribute to Chester can be found with the Linkin Park and Friends tribute gig from November.

2.8/5



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TVC15
December 21st 2017


10852 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Special thanks to Blush and Onionbro for helping out with proofreading

SteakByrnes
December 21st 2017


23832 Comments


Oh so this isn't just tracks pulled from the live tribute show with all of the guest singers?

Digging: Future Foundation - Trinity

onionbubs
December 21st 2017


13144 Comments


no this is the last show they did with Chester

should probably listen to this in full at some point

Digging: Ghost Atlas - All Is In Sync, and There's Nothing Left to Sing

TVC15
December 22nd 2017


10852 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Nah. Wikipedia provides the different shows that these songs come from but One More Light and Crawling are pretty much those live performances that the band gave official videos for in the past few months.



Edit: wait the locations provided for each performance have now been taken off of this album's tracklist on Wikipedia. This album's entry on there made me think these were all pulled from different performances but now I guess I have to edit the review accordingly

SteakByrnes
December 22nd 2017


23832 Comments


I'll have to give this a listen then, Chester always killed it live

Sinternet
December 22nd 2017


24160 Comments


everybody 1 this

Digging: Marina - Ancient Dreams In A Modern Land

Drifter
December 22nd 2017


17336 Comments


Need to hear

CzechyGuy
December 22nd 2017


179 Comments


This cant be from the last show with Chester. If you look up the videos or look at setlist.fm, the setlist was very different. Still, will probably listen at some point. So far I havent even finished the memorial show cause its very difficult.

Panzerchrist
December 22nd 2017


547 Comments


They should have named it One More Night, considering it was the last show they ever did with him and it'll probably be the last thing they ever have recorded with him as well. Seems like a more sentimental title.

Drifter
December 23rd 2017


17336 Comments


Sic pun

TVC15
December 23rd 2017


10852 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

One More Night sounds cheesier than it does sentimental tbh

Drifter
December 23rd 2017


17336 Comments


I'm surprised this review/release is getting so little attention

TVC15
December 23rd 2017


10852 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Well, there wasn't much in the way of promotion for this and there isn't much to get out of this when videos for One More Light and Crawling have been on YouTube for months courtesy of the band and the LP and Friends tribute gig is all we really need in terms of a performance dedicated to Chester

TVC15
December 24th 2017


10852 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

I would much like to know the reason(s) why my review was negged so that I may improve in the future thank you

Desdinova
December 24th 2017


632 Comments


band is bad

TVC15
December 24th 2017


10852 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Insightful comment

Panzerchrist
December 25th 2017


547 Comments


I'd wager your neg is this troll above you but it's sputnik so nothing will get rectified

neekafat
Contributing Reviewer
December 25th 2017


21172 Comments


probably an autoneg because it says One More Light in the title

Aerisavion
January 21st 2018


2771 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I’m happy this album exists, but would rather have had a live album for the Chester tribute gig. Too many issues with royalties etc no doubt.



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