Linkin Park Living Things on LP
From day one, Linkin Park built the band upon the premise of fusing all of their favorite styles of music, as disparate as they might be, into one signature sound. Fast-forward 12 years to Living Things (2012) and the same six players had not only developed new tools to make that philosophy a reality, but they were finally comfortable embracing, and coalescing, every aspect of their career.
OK, maybe not the XXL work shirts and neon hair dye of the early days. But in their music, the band reinvented how to tastefully bridge the gap between all the musical destinations they'd visited, and how to marry all the ideas they'd accumulated. And as Living Things began taking shape, for the first time Linkin Park was eager to use every tool in their toolbox.
With each song, they flexed their expertise with both cutting-edge and classic gear, and they infused their vocals with an honest, thrilling enthusiasm; they picked apart their own ideas of what defines a song, and what defines Linkin Park. Living Things is a personal album, centered on human emotions and relationships implied by the title.
It is informed by and built upon all previous Linkin Park albums, while still pushing the band's sound into new territory. It's spirited, energetic, daring and unafraid to hybridize the past, present and future. It's absolute proof to a radical theory six musicians have devoted their lives to testing.