Mike Shinoda
Post Traumatic EP


4.0
excellent

Review

by Aeri USER (26 Reviews)
January 25th, 2018 | 77 replies


Release Date: 2018 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Taking steps forward.

The future of Linkin Park, one of the most commercially successful modern alternative rock acts of the last two decades, has been the subject of plenty of scrutiny in recent months, following the unexpected suicide of long term frontman and lead vocalist, Chester Bennington.

Since July 20th, the band initially maintained a relatively tentative relationship with fans, responding to messages of comfort with gratitude, yet keeping things hesitantly close to the chest while the uncertainty towards the bands future hung heavily in the air. The critically acclaimed live, Hollywood Bowl "And Friends" show, both represented the first of many hard steps forward to moving on, while also allowing the band the chance to open their hearts to offer as much love and appreciation as possible in response to a shared grief. And the response to this worldwide shared grief has been nothing short of admirable; still raw from similar example of tragedy, the loss of Chris Cornell, fans and artists alike have displayed an unrelenting show of support towards the band, and the heavy realisation that in regards to mental health, something finally needs to change.

Shinoda's position in the band has historically always been to be the centre, or the "glue" as he is sometimes affectionately referred to, that keeps the band together and moving forwards. That being said, his current position to helm Linkin Park and direct the band's next move has clearly been one of personal uncertainty; despite the recent decision to release tribute live album, One More Light Live, Shinoda's decision to step back from the band, and pursue the appropriately titled Post Traumatic as a solo release, potentially displays a greater level of unrest in the band's future than has been recently assumed.

Musically, Post Traumatic begins things tentatively; low-key synth driven track, 'Place To Start', gently manoeuvres an uncertain lyrical reflection on facing the unknowing beyond, before the track abruptly shifts into a hauntingly poignant assortment of voicemail messages, left in support for Shinoda in the face of Bennington's death.

Akin to much of One More Light's soft rock, r&b-heavy style, middle act, 'Over Again', continues much of the same reflection. Recalling the aftermath in a mixture of horrified desperation, to enraged determination, lyrically the track bluntly navigates the confused mess of trying to move on from such a suffocating grief, while also touching on the emotional investment into finally performing as a group again for the "And Friends" show, albeit one member forever short. The track ultimately represents much of an unspoken catharsis for Shinoda, also bitterly lashing out towards doubts cast on Shinoda himself, and the band's future;
"And everybody that I talk to is like "wow", must be really hard to figure what to do now.
Well thank you genius - you think it'll be a challenge
Only my life's work, hanging in the ***ing balance."


Ending Post Traumatic, 'Watching As I Fall' still carries much of the same bitterness, yet the track triumphantly displays one of Shinoda's best performances on record since the A Thousand Suns era; seemingly reintroducing himself in the face of such a draining emotional recovery, Shinoda's flow is massively improved following a generally lacklustre performance on the band's previous effort, One More Light. Musically, 'Watching As I Fall' easily stands as the most interesting track of the EP, the hip-hop and bass-drenched backbone finally ending in a gorgeous synth-laden guitar solo.

While the existence of Post Traumatic is somewhat questionable in regards to it's relation to the band's future, the appearance of new material, solo or not, should offer some form of relief to fans unsure of where the band is looking to go. The obvious lack of appearance of previously performed unreleased track, 'Looking For An Answer', suggests that under the surface plenty more work is to be done before the band finally moves forward, before releasing anything officially under the Linkin Park banner. The question of whether or not a replacement lead vocalist should be considered still hangs ominously in the air, but if Shinoda has proven anything, Post Traumatic reinforces that the "glue" is still holding strong.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Aerisavion
January 25th 2018


1533 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

As always, feedback appreciated. I expect something will be highlighted as I've been a little rusty and not written anything substantial for a while.

coldheaven
January 25th 2018


4641 Comments


I think your review is great. As for the EP, the music just isn't up my alley, but it's refreshing to see Mike create an EP out of his pure emotion about the death of Chester. Though LP may have strayed from my liking, I still support those dudes.

bloc
January 25th 2018


55424 Comments


I'm not one to listen to anything LP related after Meteora, but I will probably give this a listen out of curiosity

Digging: Everything But the Girl - Amplified Heart

Aerisavion
January 25th 2018


1533 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks man, if I'm honest this EP surprise dropping was exactly what I needed to get back into writing.

Aerisavion
January 25th 2018


1533 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Did you ever try Fort Minor at all Bloc? Even if you went off LP, The Rising Tied definitely deserves a listen.

bloc
January 25th 2018


55424 Comments


I thought it was a bit corny tbh

theNateman
January 25th 2018


3643 Comments


For a mainstream hip hop album though, it aged particularly well. The Rising Tied stands among some of the best work any of the band members have done, together or solo.

This EP is great too. His flow on the second song is so addicting too

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BlackMalachite
January 25th 2018


3711 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I expected a little more but this was nice.

Aerisavion
January 25th 2018


1533 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

'I expected a little more but this was nice.'



If he/they can keep the momentum going, could make for an interesting eventual new release.



We'll see.

theNateman
January 25th 2018


3643 Comments


I kinda want them to release like an electronic rock/hip-hop instrumental album, it could kinda serve the same purpose as Beastie Boys' The Mix-Up

coldheaven
January 25th 2018


4641 Comments


I'm not one to listen to anything LP related after Meteora, but I will probably give this a listen out of curiosity [2]

DrGonzo1937
Staff Reviewer
January 25th 2018


15314 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Wow, hella detailed review for an ep. Will read this later.

coldheaven
January 25th 2018


4641 Comments


what?

Aerisavion
January 25th 2018


1533 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

'Wow, hella detailed review for an ep. Will read this later.'



Haha yeah my Carina Round EP review is just as bad ;)



Beardog
January 25th 2018


2764 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Great review man, I like this EP

bloc
January 25th 2018


55424 Comments


"Bloc you tried THP ?"

Yep, didn't enjoy it

onionbubs
January 25th 2018


11423 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

As a huge defender of most of their work the hunting party doesn’t really do much for me outside of rebellion

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Aerisavion
January 25th 2018


1533 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Rebellion is pretty sweet though so credit where credit due

soymilk13
January 25th 2018


420 Comments


Is that cover wildlife

neekafat
Contributing Reviewer
January 25th 2018


15518 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Woah had no idea about this



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