BALIGITHA’S ALBUM REVIEW : LIVING THINGS (2012)

Actually I did not expect Linkin Park will make their new album so soon, and thanks God and Linkin Park, they released their new album this June! Im very happy and excited with this album. Back to 2010 the negative reaction to A Thousand Suns doesn’t surprise me, it’s a concept album, some ppl hate it ( but I still love it), but now, LP are back with Living Things! there are 12 tracks on this album, one of them is instrumental.

So, Here’s my review (im not a good writer, my English also bad, but I promise, if you listen to this album, it will blow your mind)

An incredible album opener, LOST IN THE ECHO, will remind us of In The End or LP song during HT/Meteora era. The synth and the guitar are awesome. Mike raps, chester chorus, and screame+rap on bridge. Yeah, theres a electronic elements, but this song is very great. Perfect song for an album opener, EPIC.

IN MY REMAINS, Starts off with Mr. Hahn’s greatness work, then Chester sing beautifully, this song has big anthemic chorus and catchy melodies. Very MTM-ish. In bridge, Mike sing “like an army falling one by one”. Another epic song.

BURN IT DOWN, first single from the album. Already topped Billboard Rock Chart for 5 Times also Active Rock, and still ongoing on Pop Chart and Billboard Hot 100. The lyrics aren’t the best but I loved it!

LIES GREED MISERY, unique song, cool, fun and heavy. Mike’s rap on this is really cool. Chester comes in singing “I wanna see you choke on your lies, swallow up your greed, suffer all alone in you misery”,  sounds so cheery although the lyrics are harsh. Chester repeats “you did it to yourself”, then he screams it. Like mike said on LPTV Piledriver episode, the title of this song I think should be ‘FUCK YOU’ 🙂

I’LL BE GONE, another catchy song,  the melody to this song is one of the best on the album. The guitar it sounds similar to New Divide. I fucking love with Chester’s vocals on this song ( hey, I always love him!), His voice is so perfect. This song also featuring string arrangements by Owen Pallett

CASTLE OF GLASS, This one is probably the unique tracks that LP ever done. This track starts off with country melody (reminds  me with a cowboy movie? Lol), but seriously, this song is amazing. This probably one of my favourite song on this album. Mike and Chester sing perfectly (Damn, i always love when they’re sing together! Their voice are complement each other, they’re meant to sing together!) , the drums are great, everything is great! Also I loved the lyrics!! The lyrics starting off with “Take me down to the river bend, wash this poison off my skin, show me how to be whole again” very beautiful lyrics. This song also contained with folk influence, but still so Linkin Park ish and still a rock song! EPIC!

VICTIMIZED, starts off with a really dark verse from Mike, to screaming Chester, Mike rap, and Chester scream again. Awesome song but I’m disappointed how short is this song.

ROADS UNTRAVELED, this song starts off with some chimes. Piano comes in and Mike starts to sing. Very emotional song, prob Linkin Park best ballads ever. I love the “woohoo..oohh..”  part 🙂  and I love the fact that Mike is the main singer instead of Chester, his voice is so touching. This song 10x better than In Between, this song contains one of the best lyrics LP have ever written ““May your love never end
and if you need a friend, there’s a seat here alongside me”
so sweet!!I love you Linkin Park!!

SKIN TO BONE, definitely catchy song with distorted and electronic sound. The beat is fantastic, Mike and Chester as always have chemistry to sing together (Bennoda fans will love this album lol!). My fave lyrics absolutely “Ash to ashes/dust to dust” part then “ your deception my disgust’’

UNTIL IT BREAKS, strange song, but I think I like it. Mike’s last verse on this sounds very cool! Also Brad singing here!!

TINFOIL,  instrumental,The song starts with a distortion,soft and leads into Powerless.

POWERLESS, Begins like Burning in the Skies with a similar synth sound. Piano comes in, then Chester sing. Chester’s vocals over the entire song are so clean, smooth, pure, yes its purefect (I mean perfect).  You can feel the emotion and pain in his voice. Chester you’re not powerless but you’re super powerfull and we really loved you!! The piano work is beautiful, great beat. Beautiful vocals, beautiful lyrics, sad actually (“You hid your skeletons when I have shown you mine” and “10,000 promises, 10,000 ways to lie”), also beautiful instrumental. Towards the end of the song everything just gets louder. A very powerful+EPIC album closer.

As a big fan of Linkin Park, Living Things has exceeded my expectations. I really loved the album! It blew my mind! I honestly cannot stop thinking about Linkin Park and this album. Its my favorite album release this year. Amazing album! Linkin Park never seises to amaze, inspire and make me love them even more with each new song/album. These songs will always remain with me at all times, in my heart. Thank You, Linkin Park for giving us such brilliant album.

LIVING THINGS: 9/10 (A)

Track Listing:

  1. LOST IN THE ECHO
  2. IN MY REMAINS
  3. BURN IT DOWN
  4. LIES GREED MISERY
  5. I’LL BE GONE
  6. CASTLE OF GLASS
  7. VICTIMIZED
  8. ROADS UNTRAVELED
  9. SKIN TO BONE
  10. UNTIL IT BREAKS
  11. TINFOIL
  12. POWERLESS

Baligitha’s Fave Track: CASTLE OF GLASS, LOST IN THE ECHO, ROADS UNTRAVELED,  POWERLESS, IN MY REMAINS

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