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Severe change from the old stuff, but brilliant stWas this review helpful?
Reviewed by S.J. Naude on 21 May 2007
307 of 577 people found the following review helpful:
Wow, it's been quite a wait since Meteora, but Linkin Park does not dissapoint with their new studio album!
As you can see from the logo's and imagery, the band has changed their image from top to bottom. Slicker, more mature and a bit more edgy overall.
At first listen, you're not entirely sure what's going on.The opening track,'Wake' is not the usual Joe Hahn intro (like 'Session' on Meteora), but instead we're treated to a melodic guitar-driven intro. The band then immediately rips into which is (undeniably) one of the heaviest songs they've ever done: 'Given Up'. Gone are the electronic drum-beats and synthesized loops of Meteora! Pounding (actual) drums, searing guitars and the awesome power of Chester's voice also makes this one of their best songs to date!(Look out for Chester's 18-second scream!).
The songs after this track are entirely non-Linkin Park (but in a good way!). Soft, melodic tracks follow (such as 'Leave Out All The Rest', 'Valentines Day' and 'In Pieces'. Later in the album we're treated to another heavy song, 'No More Sorrow', which would definitely be one of the hilites of the album. Some pleasant surprizes occur in songs like 'In Between'(where Shinoda actually SINGS!) and also the final track 'The Little Things Give You Away' which is filled with beautiful acoustic guitars, touching lyrics and amazing vocals!
The weakest track would have to be 'Hands Held High', which sounds a bit much like Shinoda's side-project: Fort Minor.
Overall this is an awesome album once you've given it a few listens (you only start truly appreciating it after about 4 spins). Pity because most Linkin Park fans (and other rock-fans) will probably discard it after the first listen or so (believe me, this is a HUGE change from Hybrid Theory and Meteora!).
YEAH !!Was this review helpful?
Reviewed by Unknown from Pretoria, South Africa on 15 May 2007
295 of 584 people found the following review helpful:
It took a long time, but it shows the time and effort put into the album. Its a total new sound from them but its still Linkin Park. I hope u enjoy the album as much as i do, cuz if u dont u dont have any tast in music!!
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Reviewed by Patricia from Cape Town, SA on 26 November 2012
Delivery period was a bit delayd due to the fact that one of the other CD's was from third party.
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