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Living Things

Linkin ParkAudio CD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (405 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (June 26, 2012)
  • Original Release Date: 2012
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Warner Bros.
  • ASIN: B007UQ5Z1G
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (405 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,420 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)


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2012 album from the best selling Alt-Rock band. 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 and the same six players have not only developed new tools to make that philosophy a reality, but they're finally comfortable embracing-and coalescing-every aspect of their career. 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.

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54 of 60 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not my favorite, but not my least favorite July 30, 2012
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I like this album, I really do. I am one of 'those' LP fans who wish for the Hybrid Theory days and I know that's not going to happen. I came to terms with it. It's a 12 step process. ANYHOW.

That being said, I think this album, TO ME, was like having a craving for ice cream but getting frozen yogurt instead. Still pretty good but not quite what you have in mind.

I like the album but it sounds a little funky and I can't quite put my finger on why. I've listened to it about 5 or 6 times through now and I really. really. REALLY. want to love it but I can't. If you are a fan of the old LP you may have mixed emotions about it, like me. If you really liked the last album you will probably enjoy it a little more.

But, I will say, a SOLID album and worth a buy if you are a LP fan.

In the end (no pun intended), whenever I want to hear old LP I listen to old LP and I am still just as happy as the day I first popped in Hybrid Theory. So I guess I don't really need a new-old album anyways!
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26 of 34 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Linkin Park lives on in Living Things June 29, 2012
By Greg
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I was one of the seemingly few people who stuck up for Linkin Park when they released their 3rd album in 2007, "Minutes To Midnight." I could admit that "Hybrid Theory" and "Meteora" had been much better albums, but I was glad to see the band try new things; something they would have to do lest their fans become bored with a fading genre. However, in 2010 I completely rejected "A Thousand Suns," not because it was different (I wanted them to take some risks) but because it seemed like a mess. The songs didn't flow together, and a lot of moments just seemed like noise. After my expectations were gone, I eventually grew to appreciate several tracks from that album, in fact I'd say it was some of their smartest material yet. It was enough to make me bite for one more album, which brings us to "Living Things."

It's funny, back in 2009 the band released a song called "New Divide" for the Transformers sequel. At that time they were working on "A Thousand Suns" and they stressed several times that "New Divide" was not any kind of indication of how their upcoming album would sound. The reason that's funny to me is become I think it was a very big indication of how THIS album sounds. In fact the first single, "Burn It Down," is almost like the same song. The format of the song is pretty basic, but I think it has a strong chorus that people at concerts could sing along to. I would very much describe "Living Things" as the missing link between "Minutes To Midnight" and "A Thousand Suns." It's sort of a mix of everything they've done so far. So while it may not show Linkin Park evolving in any specific direction, it does offer a variety to keep things interesting. "Lost In The Echo" sets the tone for the album and isn't unlike what you would expect after hearing the first single, but it is catchy.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Another fantastic album March 11, 2013
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Great album, and easily recommended to be replayed. It's a testiment and throwback in the sense that this album if made to be listened to in it's entirety. There are a few great tracks on this album, but you'd be doing yourself a disservice without listening to the entire thing in order.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Another Winner! August 4, 2012
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I have all 5 Linkin Park albums. I am happy that their musical style has changed through the years, because I would not want 5 albums that sound the same. This album seems to be a compromise, about half of it sounding like "Hybrid Theory" and "Meteora", and the other half having the evolved sound of "Minutes To Midnight" and "A Thousand Suns". Of the ballads, "Burn It Down" is probably the best. "Roads Untraveled" is a little tame, although very pretty. "Until It Breaks" is a more complex song in the mold of the ones on "A Thousand Suns". Of the louder rock tracks, the best are "Lost In The Echo", "Lies Greed Misery" and "Victimized". There are 2 tracks that stand out because they don't quite fit into any category: "Castle Of Glass" and "Skin To Bone". I think that all this variety was an attempt to please as many of their fans as they could. This resulted in a good album but one which lacks the impact of an album like "A Thousand Suns", which was a unified concept album and deviated from the mainstream about as far as a pop/rock album could go. Still, the music is excellent, there is lots of emotion, and the vocals are as good as ever, so I would call "Living Things" another successful album.
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109 of 158 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars 5/10 - Hear me out (2.5/5) July 8, 2012
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Note: I understand that I will probably get a lot of negative votes based on my score, but try and read it to see where I'm coming from before you hit the "No" button.

"Living Things" is Linkin Park's follow up album from "A Thousand Suns," making this their fifth studio album. After the release of A Thousand Suns it seemed as if the fan base was forever split. There were those that said they had sold out, and there were those who said it's part of a bands nature to evolve and mature. Don't get me wrong I agree wholeheartedly that a band must evolve so they don't make the same album over and over again. However, changing your entire sound is not the way to do that. A Thousand Suns really broke my heart because this was a band I grew up with from the beginning, they helped me through a lot and it pained me to hear something that didn't feel genuine. I tried really hard to keep an open mind with this album and while I feel this album is much better than the last, it still feels a bit stale.

Living Things starts with "Lost in the Echo" not a bad song by any means, but just like A Thousand Suns you hear a lot of electronica influence. Now I'm a man with a very wide range of musical interest, including electronica, but it just doesn't seem to fit. Overall the album plays a bigger role on musicianship than their previous release, but it's still not as prominent as it was in their first three albums.

Chester's vocals in the album don't sound as smooth as they have in the past. Whether this is because of age or just years of doing live shows I don't know, but it's obvious they are a little rough now. When they released "Burn It Down" I wasn't too impressed with it.
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Living Things
I get a little nervous when an artist goes back to their roots. The roots are usually good, but it kind of seems like a sign that they have thrown in the towel as far as creativity and innovation. To me, HT is LP's best album. Meteora was also good, but it was basically another HT. I also liked... Read More
Jun 3, 2012 by Unknown Caller |  See all 30 posts
So now that Living Things has been released, what does everyone think?
It doesn't replace Hybrid Theory as my favorite, but I am not disappointed.
Jun 26, 2012 by Unknown Caller |  See all 13 posts
Yeah, it can get even odder than A Thousand Suns Be the first to reply
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