Linkin Park
Meteora


1.5
very poor

Review

by Iluvatar EMERITUS
September 17th, 2006 | 21 replies


Release Date: 2003 | Tracklist


Linkin Park is rather infamous when it comes down to it. Their debut, Hybrid Theory, is one of the biggest music phenomenon’s of the new century, and the follow up Meteora also sold quite well. However, even with the debut, they were always criticized heavily for being generic and being atrocious musicians. Thus, with the release of Meteora, such thoughts were only solidified.

The sound itself is a melting pot of…well, mediocre musicians trying to make hard rock/nu metal. The guitars are all down tuned, the drummer plays in pretty much the same time throughout the album, the bassist in virtually unnoticeable, and the DJ just randomly makes noises that don’t ever really add to the music. The absolute worst is when Link Park tries to get “heavy”; tracks like “Lying From You” and “Figure.09” are nearly indistinguishable from each other, as the sludge-y guitars and barely audible drums and bass just kind of meld into a cacophony of uninteresting noise.

The slight variants in these, where Link Park try and branch out from straight heavyness and include a hip hop element, fare little better. “Hit the Floor” features verses where MC Mike Shinoda takes vocals with a barebones instrumental beat, and fails to show any real value to his being in the band. The “crushing riff” and completely overpowers everything else in the song, and it’s so obviously electronic (the only song where the instruments were actually recorded for the album was “Breaking the Habit”) that it’s difficult to really get into it. “Nobody’s Listening” goes a tad bit farther, adding in a Japanese wind flute and big bass and reducing the guitar in the mix, but that’s the only new ideas they introduce for the whole song, and it falls into the same repetitive pratfall with the rest of the album.

Chester Bennington has the potential to be a good singer, but he just isn’t here. He’s so caught up with sounding emotional, tortured, and full of teenage angst, he seems to forget that it makes him sound exactly the same on every track. There’s very little to distinguish vocal performances in songs like “Faint” (he sings emotional and angsty here) and “Somewhere I Belong” (this time, he sounds emotional and pained). That’s what I call variety. He does have the flashes of being a good singer, such as in “Easier to Run” and “Numb” where he throws in vocal performances that actually sounds like he isn’t forcing it. Unfortunately, said songs are also extremely generic musically, sounding incredibly similar to boot. So much for that.

And that’s the problem with the album. The songs all sound so similar. LP seems to have 3 songs variants, and they build their albums on these. A third of this album is crappy, generic, and soulless nu-metal with terrible rapping and mediocre singing, with trademark inane noises from DJ Hahn. Then, there are some songs where LP gets personal, but with the music being so dull and uninspiring, you never really connect with it. Then, there are the “experimental” songs. Most often, these songs fall flat on their faces; “Nobody’s Listening” for said reasons and “Session” for being a neat, but ultimately pointless and boring electronic interlude from DJ Hahn. “Breaking the Habit” is a genuinely good song. Not great, but good; DJ Hahn creates an excellent dark atmosphere for the album, and the guitar riff is actually played live and fit’s the song perfectly. While by its end it becomes a bit tiring, it’s nice to hear a slight industrial edge to Linkin Park’s music, which they should undoubtedly follow through on in later work.

Thus, as a whole, Meteora is kind of terrible. It so much isn’t an abundance of suck as there is a complete absence of decent; there’s almost no redeeming factor to the album. Even disregarding the fact that it seems like a bunch of b-sides and such for Hybrid Theory, Meteroa generally just sounds uninspired and pointless. The punchless instrumental work, the self-indulgent and ultimately pointless contributions by DJ Hahn, and the terrible rapping skills of Shinoda at the time all drag this down considerably, and the albums brightest facet (Bennington’s voice) is average at best. They couldn’t have made a worse album without actively pursuing such a goal, and in the end Meteora is a tepid and dreadful experience through what can only be described as the definition of a “sophomore slump.”



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Acey
September 17th 2006


2578 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

good review, although i rated the album as such just for the band itself, not based to others and genres, i thought they did a good job on this CD, but they are rather boring compared to other music i listen to.

/votesThis Message Edited On 09.17.06

RottedFlesh
September 17th 2006


213 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

I like yo review ^_^



As for Linkin Park...I have spent alot of time thinking of a label to give them. I thought long and hard and longer and harder and here is my result.



"Manufactured Angst"

Oddsen
September 17th 2006


1127 Comments


Nice review. It was quite harsh but probably true. I have hybryd Theory and I don't even like it much so I'm not interested in this. Faint was a pretty cool single though. I wonder if their next album will be any better.

bassman963
September 17th 2006


83 Comments


Awesome, nice review. :thumb: You share many same views as me on this album.

Acey
September 17th 2006


2578 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

by the looks of this, probably not. i am actually going to change my rating

Intransit
September 17th 2006


2797 Comments


god, terrible album, but good work on the review. Much better than the first one.

Acey
September 17th 2006


2578 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

agreed^

Acey
September 17th 2006


2578 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

where would you say the good is, if there is any in your book?



i would say faint would be a bright spot.This Message Edited On 09.17.06

Hatshepsut
September 17th 2006


1997 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Great review. Agree with Hep Kat, not bad but not good.

Thor
September 17th 2006


10268 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Well written, but I still have a soft spot for LP. They helped me get into harder music, even though they aren't heavy at all.

Digging: Daughters - You Won't Get What You Want

Acey
September 17th 2006


2578 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

sorry Canon, i guess you're right on that, but i think that 'faint' is one of two songs that is still holding this album up

Acey
September 17th 2006


2578 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

i know, i saw. that is the other song i think is good, other than that this album is just repetative

Electric City
Emeritus
September 17th 2006


15762 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

It's Easierrr To Runnnnnn



than make crappy fake teen angst nu metal.

iarescientists
September 17th 2006


5865 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

I liked this when it first came out, I haven't listened to LP for a couple of years. I liked how all the songs segued into one another, but as I write this I seem to understand even more the point that it's all the same song.



I don't really get, however, why people are always so mad when bands don't change, or when they "change to much". There's bands in every type of genre, if you want a change in sound, just listen to another band.



/rant

wikuk
September 21st 2006


1110 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Awesome review. Although I still have a 4 rating on Meteora I barely listen to it, it's just the same as with Thor.

There is however one thing that you completely got wrong in the review.

the DJ just randomly makes noises that don’t ever really add to the music.


Altmer
September 21st 2006


5701 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5 | Sound Off

Good review.



It's a good thing these songs are so short; at least they don't drag on.

canadapantsman
September 22nd 2006


236 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

i really liked hybrid theory, but they tried to hard on this album. like Faint is good except for its climaxy breakdown thing. Don't Say is good for what it is, and they use the DJ pretty good in that track, but i dont really like the other songs... just not good at all compared to their earlier stuff, which is saying a lot

wikuk
December 25th 2006


1110 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Candy is bad for your health.

soldyoursoul
May 17th 2007


54 Comments


Hmm. This type of music entertained me when I was like, 10. I remember liking "Lying from you" and "hit the floor", a lot. I probably wouldn't like them now. Nice review, I'd give it a 1.5 as well.

Merkaba33
May 29th 2008


703 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

id give this is a .5 on a good day. it sounds like hybrid theory took a shit and this came out. seriously i remember pickin this up the first day it came out in like 7th grade. i was so dissapointed even then. and this was when i was listening to shitty music! i would say numb and session are the only slightly decent tracks on here.



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