It is official here Linkin Park have returned and yes it’s different!
Linkin Park have dropped their 7th studio album One More Light after a 3 year break. The band that has been the foundations for so many people’s music taste growing up, fans have grown to expect the Linkin Park sound, ‘Nu-Metal’ most communally heard on the first two albums Hybrid Theory and Meteora, however this style has never truly been copied on any of the other albums. With the group always looking to try something new. One More Light caries on this trend and experiments further with the bands sound.
This has led to a lot of backlash from some fans after hearing the first single, something that I have spoken about before in my post on being able to develop as an artist. Since that post Chester Bennington had responded to these feelings from fans on twitter and has done a interview with the music magazine Rock Sound to discuss it. In the interview when asked about all of this Bennington said.
‘Why are we still talking about ‘Hybrid Theory’?”
He went on further to add
“[Hybrid Theory] It’s fucking years ago. It’s a great record, we love it. Like, move the fuck on. You know what I mean?”
Then taking to twitter to post
So with the landscape of Linkin Park covered, now onto the album.
I Like it, it’s different to their usual sound, which is speaks to how different this album is and although it’s not going to be the Linkin Park album I choose to listen to when I’m playing multiplayer on Halo (playing either ‘Hybrid Theory’ or ‘Meteora’) and I do understand that it’s been a long time since their sound was like that. One More Light is probably the lightest of all the albums, something that most have been in despair about but it’s not dull!
I would say that the album artwork gives you best preview of what the album is going be like, it also gives insight to it’s passing, the sound and tone. I personally think it fits really well and highlights the band’s change – It looks different to the conventional Linkin Park albums and the songs sound different too. The features of pop seen in songs such as ‘Heavy’ and ‘Battle Symphony’ really do show the different direction and further experimentation the band in developing to separate this from previous projects.
The album’s opening track, ‘Nobody Can Save Me’ reminds me of a house mix, something that you might find on YouTube or Mr Suicide Sheep, those first few notes, but it does grab your attention. The use of Stormzy is great too, it feels like something Mike Shinoda would’ve done on the older albums. ‘Invisible’ is a solid but nothing special and that’s something that every album has ‘weaker songs’. I would say that ‘Sorry for Now’ would also be one of these tracks I don’t feel that it’s beat offers much, it’s highlighted more so because of its place between ‘Heavy’ and ‘Halfway Right’. I won’t call it a filler track though. ‘Halfway Right’ definitely pulled me back into the album from its opening, that deep breath and Bennington’s voice grabbing me. This happens again with the title track. There’s only really one thing to say about ‘One More Light’. It’s beautiful. A little soppy, but it’s powerful and full of emotion. it’s much slower than the other tracks on the album, well it’s slower than the majority of previous Linkin Park songs but despite this Bennington still manages to make it work. The album’s end ‘Sharp Edges’ flows in following ‘One More Light’ and begins to pick up the beat and rounds the album off by fading out at the end.
Overall I feel that this album will grow on me overtime, the more I play it. This was the case with much the same with their 4th album ‘A Thousand Suns’, which, was also widely hated by fans at its first release but has now become my personal favourite Linkin Park album so there is definitely hope of it yet.
1. Nobody Can Save Me
2. Good Goodbye (feat. Pusha T & Stormzy)
3. Talking to Myself
4. Battle Symphony
6. Heavy (feat. Kiiara)
7. Sorry for Now
8. Halfway Right
9. One More Light
10. Sharp Edges
Album is available at all good record stores, and at streaming services
Link to my post on ‘Developing As An Artist’ – https://thisismymusicface.wordpress.com/2017/03/14/being-able-to-develop-as-an-artist/