Mike Shinoda
Dropped Frames, Vol. 1


3.7
great

Review

by Simon K. STAFF
July 11th, 2020 | 16 replies


Release Date: 07/10/2020 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Opening new doors.

I really admire Mike as a person; throughout his entire career he’s had an uphill struggle with garnering the credits he’s rightfully owed. Even now, I still don’t think he quite gets the recognition he deserves for his works, and I feel to some degree that’s precisely what keeps him so sharp today. Yet the fact endures, more so today than ever before: Mike Shinoda is an incredibly effective songwriter. It’s easy to overlook his potent writing prowess when Chester was singing over his compositions, but now that Mike has taken the reins and gone out into the open world as a solo artist, there’s no such excuse to overlook his abilities. Indeed, if Fort Minor’s exceptional debut album wasn’t enough to convince you of his writing chops, the number of engagingly experimental soundtracks he’s composed in the past, or even his extremely resilient solo debut, Post Traumatic, then I’d at least hope to God you can respect his deviations here. After Post Traumatic’s heavy proclamation on the seven stages of grief, it comes as a refreshing change of pace – but not at all surprising – that Mike has decided to make a mostly chilled out, relatively upbeat electronic album, one that could easily be taken as an abstract soundtrack.

With the exception of the inspirationally themed “Open Door”, which challenges any detractor’s opinions on ambition, this album is devoid entirely of vocal work, leaving only Mike’s skillset on the open stage. The lean run time coupled with the excellently developed production ensures that Dropped Frames Vol. 1 says what it needs to before any kind of boredom begins to manifest itself. The artwork accompanying this album essentially sets the tone for what you’ll be getting yourself into: it has a colourfully benign feeling to the way the music is directed – the feeling of exploring an alien planet, filled with vibrant colours and exquisitely bizarre creatures, as tracks like “Doodle Buzz” authenticate the world’s mood with trill electronics, the static humming of synths, and the chiming of the drums while lush melodies flutter across the spectrum. It’s a brilliantly composed album that blends the likes of drum and bass, house, contemporary lo-fi hip-hop, and a kind of traditional movie-score structure together to make it all function synergistically. This, of course, is also presented with Shinoda’s distinct writing style and sound. Literally the only track here that makes you go ‘wtf?’ is closer “Booty Down” which tonally shatters everything, but comes across as a bit of satirical humour, rather than a proper closer – or track for that matter. In short, this is a really engaging piece of work that continues to solidify my adulation for a guy who’s worked his ass off in the music industry, and unfettered proof hard work can pay off.

FORMAT//EDITIONS:
DIGITAL

PACKAGING:
N/A

SPECIAL EDITION BONUSES:
N/A

ALBUM STREAM//PURCHASE:
https://www.mikeshinoda.com/



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I don't wanna know the end, all I want is a place to start...



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neekafat
Contributing Reviewer
July 11th 2020


20346 Comments


excited for this

Rowan5215
Staff Reviewer
July 11th 2020


44074 Comments

Album Rating: 3.7 | Sound Off

nice write-up gonz. I fuck with Channeling Pt. 1 so hard, those drums tho

Nocte
Contributing Reviewer
July 11th 2020


12880 Comments


Yeah gonna check this


Calc
Contributing Reviewer
July 11th 2020


16665 Comments


you can tell the guy really likes twitch with that album title

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Lord(e)Po)))ts
July 11th 2020


59395 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

Smdh

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SowingSeason
Moderator
July 11th 2020


35877 Comments


I haven't kept up with very much that Shinoda has accomplished outside of Linkin Park; is this a good place to start?

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MercySeat
July 11th 2020


307 Comments


Fort Minor's The Rising Tide is definitely his most popular outside of LP. Other than that his only big project was a previous solo release in 2018 called Post Traumatic. I'd go with the former although I only listened to the singles off the solo record.

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MillionDead
July 11th 2020


2121 Comments


The idea of Mike Shinoda having solo material makes me laugh. Maybe I'm just an asshole lol

Emim
July 12th 2020


28908 Comments


I never thought he was all that great separate from LP, and I doubt this will change my mind.

bloc
July 12th 2020


63030 Comments


From da top 2 da bottom

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JeetJeet
July 12th 2020


8472 Comments


bottom 2 top I stop

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Emim
July 12th 2020


28908 Comments


There's a place so dark you can't see the end

Eons
July 12th 2020


2843 Comments


hes on twitch all the time, he just live streams making random shit, he seems like a chill dude. and if i recall correctly, he actually invited some viewers to be on the album, dont remember the details though

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DrGonzo1937
Staff Reviewer
July 12th 2020


16586 Comments

Album Rating: 3.7

@Sow



would probably say start with post traumatic and this, and then jam fort minor's rising tied. it's all good imo, so you can't really lose.



i also really dig the raid soundtrack

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RaylanCrowder
July 13th 2020


119 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

The Raid Redemption soundtrack with Trapanese is his best work imo, especially the song that they collaborated with Chino Moreno called "Razors Out"

bloc
July 13th 2020


63030 Comments


Damn I should check that, the movie is practically a classic



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