A Thousand Suns really didn’t get the positive acclaim that it should have received, which by the way is one of my favorite albums OF ALL TIME. With that said, LIVING THINGS deserves “Album of the Year”. The band did a phenomenal job mixing their sound from Hybrid Theory to A Thousand Suns. A great example is LOST IN THE ECHO, which includes the greatest rap performance in Mike Shinoda’s career. Like it or not, LOST IN THE ECHO is the new Papercut, and I cannot wait to hear it performed live.
What I love most about the album is trying to figure out what each track means and what story is being told. And yes, I did download the album leak and fail to complete the “Living Things Release Day Challenge”. However, it was worth it, because I spent the next 8 days deciphering the music. I also purchased the album on iTunes.
The track I find most interesting and probably the best on the album is CASTLE OF GLASS, only because it may be their most personal track ever produced. “I’m only a crack in this castle of glass” is basically saying they are being unnoticed when they really want to be. It’s definitely a problem we all face everyday. Brilliantly written and produced.
I am also having a great time learning the lyrics and performing the tracks with Mike’s rapping. I haven’t had this much fun listening to a Linkin Park album…ever.
At first I did have my doubts about the album because topping A Thousand Suns was going to be challenging for them, but they succeeded and surpassed my expectations.
Linkin Park are easily the greatest band working in the music industry today, and their music gives me the drive to pursue my dreams as a filmmaker and music producer. The day they stop making music is the day I stop producing.
With my friend’s album, “Year Zero: A Moment In Time” by M.A.C.B. dropping in a couple of weeks, LIVING THINGS and his album are definitely going to be blasting in my car for the rest of 2012.
Linkin Park (or Mike Shinoda), if you are reading this….THANK YOU for creating LIVING THINGS. This is exactly what I need in my life right now.
I will always support and respect the decisions you make as band. Keep making kick ass music.
Favorite tracks: LOST IN THE ECHO, CASTLE OF GLASS, ROADS UNTRAVELED, UNTIL IT BREAKS, & POWERLESS.
Purchase LIVING THINGS here.