Album review: Linkin Park - 'Living Things'
Linkin Park’s fifth studio album seems to be a go between album, almost like it is an appetiser for a future release.
Living Things is only 36 minutes long, with four songs on the album being less than three minutes.
Even though the album is short, it is by no means a bad one, as the band seems to have gone back to basics. As Mike Shinoda explained in an interview with Billboard: "As we were working on it, it was a goal to only use the important sounds. Anything that wasn't playing a role in a song we got rid of."
The band is almost using the album to tell the world they are back, better than ever, and still relevant.
Seeking a less busier sound they had on their previous album A Thousand Suns, the band has mixed what seems to be a more modern electronic sound with the edgy and aggressive sound of the first two albums Hybrid Theory and Meteora.
Living Things mixes experimental tracks such as Victimized and Until It Breaks with instant hits such as Burn t Down and Castle of Glass.
First single Burn it Down’s synth line was used as the anthem of this year's NBA playoffs.
There have always been two types of Linkin Park fan: those that liked the earlier stuff and those that enjoy the two most recent albums.
Living Things is an album that is more like the older albums but still has something for fans of their newer stuff.