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What Happened to Linkin Park (musically)?

Updated on July 30, 2012

My connection with Linkin Park

Linkin Park have a straight connection to my heart. There are many reasons for it, 1) It's the first western band I picked up for me (Ask any Indian if they've heard about Sad But True by Metallica, Behind Blue Eyes by Limp Bizkit or even Holiday by Greenday, but I bet they'll reply that they've surely heard In The End by Linkin Park), 2) I grew up with them, be it the good old Hybrid Theory, tangy Collision Course or polished Meteora. When I was 16 or 17 I would put their playlist on repeat mode and would go jumping or aggressively pacing around for hours; and 3) I have loved their music when I was a teenager, a bit more when I grew up musically while they began exploring new things in terms of music, and a bit more when my personality shifted to Foo Fighters but Linkin Park began to offer their new sounds magically connecting with who I was as a teenager. Still, when not following them to exact release dates whenever I hear them accidentally, before I even know it's them, they're inside my heart. You see, it's a lifetime connection they were lucky enough to have made as no matter what I switch to now, they're always there. Already.

Up-till Meteora

I was introduced to Hybrid Theory in my senior school years. Like I said, it was my first time picking an entire 'western album' rather than some 1-song-love artist like Bryan Adams in India for his Summer of '69. My first songs were In The End, Papercut and Points of Authority. Hybrid Theory has always been an album that you must listen to a hundred times if you like the tone of it once. 7 stringed power riffs, highly distorted in harmonics backed by dominant basslines. If you don't reject it in the beginning itself, it takes over you in no time. A GNR lover or Megadeth warrior will never approve the sound of Hybrid Theory through Meteora, but give them your teenage heart, n they kick you in the gut.

Also from the year 2000 when Hybrid Theory was released to 2003 when Meteora came out the band experimented with lots of variations in their taste. Sometimes a new Chester going solo (Runaway; Breaking The Habit, My December...) and sometimes Shinoda simply taking over(Points of Authority, Papercut, Lying From You, Hit the Floor...). As I look back at it, the sound was quite distinct in 2000. It took time to make a place among listeners, so when Reanimation came up, it was more like using the newly established sound into a whole new level of electronic improvisation.

In my view, the typical Linkin Park fan [like I was] was happy with the sound that their second studio album Meteora brought. Same aggression over eye popping-ly distorted minor progression makes a happy listener.The band has always believed in putting something on the table, improvising and experimenting. It must have been a result of much more experimentation musically (but of course, in the same family of sound) as more harmony (mostly of electronic nature) was clearly added. I read many years back somewhere that the four chord intro of Somewhere I Belong (of Meteora) was a processed guitar riff played by Chester himself. Undoubtedly, if they had already won a number of fans, the kick that Meteora brought about had a rather serious dose to offer. In From the Inside, (again, one of my much loved Linkin Park songs followed by Easier to Run) the band went 6/8. In such a combination of electronic, rap and fat powered-guitar music, 6 beats was again a great piece of experimentation. The album also had the song Breaking the Habit, which, in my belief, must have attracted a whole separate group of listeners from synthesizer-backed, easy going, upbeat urban music genre of modern day. And for the current fan base, it worked quite well as a coffee time cookie!

To my understanding, up to this point no Linkin Park fan worldwide had turned dissatisfied or unhappy.

Linkin Park albums so far

If you're a fan, do the right thing and purchase.. At least the one you love the most.

Practicing my right to speak against policies of man, trying out music should be free unless you fall in love. On the other hand, once you do fall in love, you should buy a CD for real and make it official. Plus you'll be adding part of a penny to the royalty your jammer's going to receive.. :)

In short..

nothing really happened to the band as such. The band clearly wanted to experiment in newer areas of music. The underlying fact is that Linkin Park gained popularity as a cult and so the under-prepared fan base, on suddenly finding the long awaited album to not exactly contain an extension of the cult, felt dissatisfied.

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      Niktravelfit 3 years ago

      I prefered the albums Meteora and Hybrid Theory over their newer ones. But they are still a great band.

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      sunny saib 5 years ago

      @Rankography: Yes you're totally right about Chester, plus it's never late to experiment more with melodies.. Thank you for reading, appreciating and commenting.. I hope I write more of interesting stuff for you..

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      Rankography 5 years ago

      I think they also realized that Chester could not continue to scream on every song or his vocal nodes would be completely shot before he was 40.

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      Millionairemomma 5 years ago

      Interesting views.

    5 major differences between Minutes to Midnight and previous albums

    1. Album cover - Whites were introduced, making it much different than the usual browns or maroons used in Linkin Park album covers
    2. Number of Tracks- Hybrid Theory and Meteora both had 13 tracks in each [including introductions], but in Minutes to Midnight there were 12 tracks in total.
    3. Guitar Solo Introduced- Guitarist Brad Delson comes up with a solo in the track called In Pieces.

      Just like the band's work being different, the solo being no exception bears quite an oriental tone.

    4. Mike Shinoda singing an entire song for the first time in Minutes to Midnight.
    5. For the first time, a Linkin Park album receives a parental advisory label.

    The arrival of Minutes to Midnight

    I waited, just like any other fan belonging to the cult that the band had become to finally have them release their third studio album. Linkin Park have never been a band that releases a studio album in a year or two. You had to wait each time. I remember a Given Up preview being available on their website a few weeks before the release. When I heard it, I figured that it's different. I mean, before this, what kind of a Linkin Park song will start with a clap-metronome?! It was no doubt energetic but nowhere close to the sad, minor progressions with frustrated, dark lyrics in foreground. Anyone who would listen to Given Up would find it a decent Linkin Park product but with some old element missing.

    The song What I've Done from the album Minutes to Midnight was featured in the first Transformers movie whereas (my favorite!) Leave Out All the Rest was in the first Twilight movie. Minutes to Midnight was apparently a clean result of the band's acceptance to newer musical elements. Technically, the album was more Music Oriented to me than Theme Oriented. The only and the only problem (if there really WAS a problem) was the people not prepared for the sudden change.

    The (x-)friend who introduced Linkin Park to me back in senior school, when I shared the album with him, he responded, "Bhai, khatam ho geya LP!!" (meaning 'Brother, Linkin Park is finished!') So, one can imagine the mentality of a typical old-school Linkin Park fan.

    I believe, to my understanding, an artist on gaining popularity is trapped in his own work by viewers. On the other end, if we as viewers or listeners or critics or plain time-killers fall in love with a piece of art so much, we better let ourselves fall in love with the artist behind as well. That's what an artist truly can use in future. If you love a class of paintings so much that you want it's painter to paint only that category forever, one day soon the artist, if weak, will hang herself.

    I found this bit of Chester's response in an MTV interview about the single What I've Done on wiki:

    "So, in a way, it's us saying goodbye to how we used to be...The lyrics in the first verse are 'In this farewell, there's no blood, there's no alibi,' and right away, you'll notice that the band sounds different: The drums are much more raw, the guitars are more raw and the vocals aren't tripled."

    I have always loved Linkin Park more than what their sounds have been capable of doing. So, keep going Chester, Mike, Rob, Brad, Phoenix and Hahn. Just don't lose yourselves..

    A Thousand Suns: An LP revolution

    If the band had improvised and positively exploited the introductory sound of Hybrid Theory in the second album Meteora, they literally did much more in A Thousand Suns than Minutes to Midnight relatively. The concept of the album, from the title A Thousand Suns to the bytes of great people like Martin Luther King Jr., defines positive exploitation. If Linkin Park were digitally hyperactive before, in A Thousand Suns, they went ultra crazy. The intro of the song Wretches and Kings truly explains the older Linkin Park in new shoes. Throughout the album they not only experiment sound to an extreme extent but also talk about nuclear issues and the whole seriousness behind it. It's insanely creative how the speech of Mario Savio is used in the beginning of Wretches and Kings.

    From A Thousand Suns, my personal favorite is Waiting for the End. [Jump to the end of this page to watch its Youtube video]

    Linkin Park yet again changed their surroundings in terms of sound and yet became themselves.

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    Poll: Your favorite Linkin Park album?

    Gather up lensmasters, time to have some stats do the talking. Let's see which album is most recognized and loved so far..

    Don't recognize albums from songs? No problem, hints are given in the brackets below: V V V

    Which is your favorite Linkin Park album?

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    Waiting for the End (A Thousand Suns)

    My absolute favorite from the album!! Can drive all night listening to this one..

    Alternate video of What I've Done

    This is the version done for Australian viewers.

    The classic In the End, a look at the very beginning

    Now, did they really change at all? Or did they change for better or worse? I think the best question is have you loved them enough? :)

    Burn It Down from the new album Living Things!! - And Now: back to the future!

    Art / Artist or Both ?! Speak!!

    What/Who do you love more- piece of art/the artist or simply both?

    Art OR Artist (Say one and explain) :)

    Art OR Artist (Say one and explain) :)

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      Both (You love a piece of art but at the same time your love for the creator grows)

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        • Kylyssa Shay 5 years ago from Overlooking a meadow near Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA

          Art that touches me is art that makes me feel something. The art doesn't contain emotion unless someone puts it there and it doesn't cause emotion unless we decide to feel it. By feeling emotions an artist is trying to convey to us, we enter into a sort of one-way relationship with the artist. There's something of the artist in all of his or her art.

        • sunny saib 5 years ago

          I am a man of both. You fall in love with a time-stopper-product of an artist. But the artist behind it moves on, right? If you truly love a piece of art, I believe, you fall in love with the artist as well.. Isn't so? Moreover, you don't want an artist to be stuck in a moment, right? That's what I feel.. Tell everyone what you feel.. :]

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            Niktravelfit 3 years ago

            Great lens and great band. I prefer their music from 2000 - 2002, but they still rock for sure.

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            christian reese 5 3 years ago

            I hostly don't like the way they sound nowadays. Sorry, but that's just my opinion. They are more radio friendly than ever and their music sounds like it has been done entirely on Fruity Loops. Too much electronic elements. I think they could have done a much better job instead of going with the flow of incorporating dubstep into their style.

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            Bartukas 4 years ago

            I think they are still great band :P

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            anonymous 4 years ago

            Great band.....

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            JoshK47 5 years ago

            Interesting read. Thanks for sharing.

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            sunny saib 5 years ago

            thank you for commenting.. appreciate it :)

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            anooptu 5 years ago

            Hey am linkin park fans. great lens for us !

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            kimark421 5 years ago

            Great lens. I have always been a Linkin Park fan, and I enjoy change and experimentation, so I was actually pleasantly surprised with Minutes to Midnight.