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J. Cole - Lost Ones

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Linkin Park - Hybrid Theory

I talked yesterday about LP putting out a new record. My intention was to review that today, but alas, no samples again. So I decided to go blast from the past today with 'Hybrid Theory'. I was slightly concerned that this album wouldn't have outsold the previous Clarkson review, but to my relief, it did. This is a solid 10x platinum after dropping in 2002. Remember that time? Remember when Linkin Park was the most original thing you've ever heard? I mean, they had rock, they had metal, they had rap - they even had a ballad or two. Well over time, I think that nostalgia has worn off a bit. I mean - I think they still put out good stuff, but that originality is gone. Sure they could have changed their style, but then it wouldn't be true Linkin Park. So I give them high marks for that. Their influence was felt even further by assisting the Transformers films in their soundtracks. I feel that turned another generation on to the band. Smart move. It's hard not to enjoy this record. It's not quite old enough to be called classic, but I still enjoy the whole thing like I did back '02. In fact, I don't think I know anyone who'd go as far as to say they hate LP. Some people might not groove to it, but I think anyone can find one track off this album to nod their head to. If you haven't heard this, I'd go as far as to say - move out of your box, parents basement or shack in the middle of Montana. Get out more. And then enjoy! Happy Hump Day!

1. Papercut
2. One Step Closer
3. With You
4. Points of Authority
5. Crawling
6. Runaway
7. By Myself
8. In the End
9. Place for My Head
10. Forgotten
11. Cure for the Itch
12. Pushing Me Away

Listen To Samples

Top 3 Tracks:
1. In The End
2. Crawling
3. One Step Closer

4.25 out of 5 stars


  1. i'm going to say, for the record, that i did not think linkin park sounded original at all when they first debuted. back when chester had bright red hair in the video for 'one step closer' and rap-metal was the new boy-band and songs like 'butterfly' by crazytown were charting thanks to the same fans (or target market). no, i did not put linkin park into 'original' at all, despite having two main vocalists.

    and i'm still not a huge fan. i concede that this album is good and deserving of all the sales, and they put on a pretty good show (saw them on a metallica tour) but i'm just not a huge fan of the band. i am impressed that they are still around and putting out good stuff and they are talented, but i just can't go crazy for them.

    but the remix for 'points of authority' is beyond kick ass and one of my favorites to blare at top toyota-matrix-factory-installed-speaker volume. which, i just learned today, is actually called 'Pts.OF.Athrty' (on reanimation) when i had to search by album on itunes to find it. (i promptly corrected my titling in itunes and am now listening to it on repeat.)

  2. I think the rap/rock hybrid was obviously done by Run DMC/Aerosmith in the late 80s or early 90s. But these guys did have a little something you'd never heard before. I mean, they added the pop a bit and added the punk a bit and it was new. It was something not on the radio at the time. Which was kind of nice. I do love this album, but not the other 2 now. I think there are good tracks off each, and they certainly could make a hell of a greatest hits if they wanted to.

    I've never heard that...I need to be tuned in.