Review: One More Light by Linkin Park

One More Light by Linkin ParkEarly reaction to One More Light suggests Linkin Park has sold out, giving up a sound it has, more or less, cultivated for the past two decades or so in favor of the vaguely memorable poppy EDM that we’ve been drowning in for the past year or so. Well, arguably, not really. The group has been flirting with these sounds for years; save for the limp return to their old sound on The Hunting Party, they have been smoothing the edges out for the past few albums, with Living Things being the best example. That said, my biggest disappointment with this album is not the “selling out” but the “giving up”. What until now has been a tight group working behind and in front of the scenes has become, essentially, Chester Bennington, a cameo from Mike Shinoda, and a few sliders and faders. The thing that made Linkin Park still worth looking into all these years have completely disappeared, to be replaced by muck we could get (and, perhaps for most of their fans, are actively avoiding) everywhere. Is this a sign of the group running out of ideas, or getting too complacent, or being so bored they’re just having a laugh at our expense? I’d like to think the intentions here are pure, but really, it did not have to be this way. [NB]1/5

“I’d give it all away just to have somewhere to go to.”

“My December” by Linkin Park | A suggestion from Adrian – he sent three songs again – because, well, it’s December. Also, “I just don’t feel yet that it’s Christmas. But I believe I’ll feel it soon.” Yes, I agree, Adrian, both with the Christmas sentiment (although I’ve long been finished with Christmas shopping) and your belief that Linkin Park does well with ballads. They weren’t always just another nu-metal band with a rapper and an Asian guy on the decks. [NB] (Have things I should hear? Drop me a line here.)

“In my remains are promises that never came.”

“In My Remains” by Linkin Park | Linkin Park is performing in Manila tonight, so here’s another one of Adrian‘s recommendations. While I wasn’t really a fan – I still have massive respect for the guys, and yeah, that sounds like an excuse – these guys were my first concert. My sister and cousin were huge fans (or maybe it’s their crushes on Mike Shinoda and Joe Hahn respectively) and I got tagged out when LP performed at what was soon to be the Mall of Asia. We paid for the cheapest tickets, skipped school, went early – we were with my dad – and got a pretty good spot, although we were really far. I returned to school with a made-up excuse (I “had” a “fever”) but my teachers forced me to write down the actual reasons in my excuse slip, because, besides, I was with my dad, and it was all legit. Now their tickets are (understandably) expensive and none of the people I know are going to watch, but then again, we all have work. And still have no money. [NB] (Have things I should hear? Drop me a line here.)