My favorite cd from them so far
jschristian44 | 03/04/2010
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I was listening to this cd and got it right away because I was a huge linkin park fan back in the day. I loved this cd because it felt like every word he was saying was the same thing I was going through. I was probably around 19 at the time. Either way a great cd, and it pretty much ties with Hybrid Theory but I think I like this better because it's not all yelling, it has mixed."
Let's break it down...
Andrew Ellington | I'm kind of everywhere | 08/10/2010
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Regardless of what you may have heard, there was a time when Linkin Park was cool. Yes, I know...but you say "they are cool now" and I retort with "eh, not so much." No, I am not a fan of their third album (not counting the remix versions of `Hybrid Theory' and `Meteroa'), but I am quite the fan of this (not so) small effort.
I'm not going to dwell on this review (this is so not like me) simply because I'm a little pressed for time, but I wanted to pinch this one off.
When they hit it hard, they present their best work. `Don't Stay' is a blisteringly strong opener. `Lying From You' and `Hit the Floor' are ferocious and serve up the best tracks on the album. The fluid mix of rap and rock is present here to full effect. `Faint' is strong and memorable. `Nobody's Listening' is a unique and fun track, using the fliut as the main instrument and it works exceedingly well.
Experimental tracks like the popish `Breaking the Habit' and the melodramatic `Easier to Run' come off with mixed results. They are ambitious and commendably so, but they don't come together completely.
`Somewhere I Belong' was a nice choice for a single, even if it kind of bores me. It just isn't that striking. It seems a tad repetitive and lazy, like they didn't give it much thought. `Figure.09' is strong, yet reminiscent of some of their better work and so it tends to pale in comparison (if comparisons are made). `Numb' was a huge hit for them, but like `Somewhere I Belong', it seems to strike me as a lesser effort. `From the Inside' has heart and works better than `Easier to Run' in the ballad department (it doesn't come off as desperate).
Of course, `Session' is just noise, but it's a nice upgrade from the noise they offered us on `Hybrid Theory'...it gives us perspective on who they are as a band. I think that's why I've distanced myself from them since they dropped that `Minutes to Midnight' album. They have evolved into something that seems foreign to them. Here's to hoping that their evolution took them somewhere more comfortably exceptional on their latest album, due out very soon."