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      16.01.2012 15:21
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      The first signs of a great band at work

      It's amazing to think that this album is now over eleven years old having been released in October 2000. Released at the height of the Nu-Metal era, Linkin Park consisted of five twentysomethings who had only been together for a little over two years. When you consider that the album would go on to sell over ten million copies worldwide and spawn four hit singles including the Grammy award winning 'Crawling', that is quite an achievement.

      The album consists of twelve tracks lasting 37:52 minutes, the four most notable tracks being those that were releases. They were 'One Step Closer', 'Crawling', 'Papercut' and finally 'In The End'. 'Points of Authority' was released as a promotional single. The themes running through Hybrid Theory are not easy ranging from paranoia, isolation, failed relationships, personal failure and touching on the personal abuse suffered to one of the band members.

      The sound as you would expect from the genre, is metal based, heavy on the guitars and percussion with a touch of electronic sampling. But to say this encapsulates the bands range would be to do the a disservice. Indeed it is their variety that has kept them interesting to their fans. And that is before we even get to the vocals of Chester Bennington who can deliver the words with either a full throttle scream or much softer tones, often in the space of thirty seconds. Then you can add the rapping of Mike Shinoda, again fulfilling the criteria of the genre at the time but still delivering in a more meaningful and original manner than all of their contemporaries.

      The critical success of this album allowed Linkin Park to go on and establish themselves as one of the foremost rock groups of the decade. They have maintained that standing today and enjoy a worldwide fan-base that few can count. This album spent over two years on the billboard chart and and is listed in the book '1001 Albums to Listen to Before You Die'. It is different to the work they have recently produced but that is due to their evolution and newcomers to the band would be well advised to take that into consideration. However, I find it difficult to believe that anyone who is a fan of the genre will find this album not to their liking. You can pick a copy up from Amazon for around £3 or if you prefer to do a bit of leg work, the special edition with bonus tracks can be found.

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        23.06.2010 15:45
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        A must buy, one of the best albums of all time!

        Ok, so you may have heard of Linkin Park because of their newer songs like "What I've Done" and "Bleed It Out". Then this album probably isn't for you. This album is for the nu metal fans who enjoy the hybrid of rock and rap, so a very aptly named title. Personally, I think it is an amazing album, but of course I would say that considering Linkin Park are my favorite band!

        Track Listing:

        1. Papercut - Great start to the album, with the standard rock and rap combination which rocks perfectly.

        2. One Step Closer - This is an okay track, but I've always felt it's been overrated. Much less rapping than the rest of the songs, but overall the track is fairly good.

        3. With You - This track feels more like a Hip-Hop track due to the heavy scratching and not much guitar. That said it's a very good song, and deserves full credit.

        4. Points Of Authority - I used to love this track so much, but I think I overplayed it so much, I've started to get bored of it. That said, it is still one of the best tracks on the album and I love the beginning where Chester and Mike both add their vocal effects to the song.

        5. Crawling - This is a very good song, but perhaps, once again, overrated. Perhaps a bit too much screaming than what i'd like.

        6. Runaway - To me this sounds like the 2nd part of Crawling - the toning down part, maybe it's because of the dripping at the start of the song; that said it's a very good song, albeit very simple.

        7. By Myself - This is one the best songs on the album by far! Great rap-rock combination once again, and the chorus is great, such strong vocals by Chester on this one

        8. In The End - The song that got me into Linkin Park in the 1st place. Overrated? Not at all; this song is excellent from start to finish, starting from the slow piano, and ending with a slow piano, with another great rap-rock combination.

        9. A Place For My Head - I don't know why, but for some reason the guitar sounds quite middle eastern like to me; that said, good song.

        10. Forgotten - If I had to choose the best song on the album, this would be it. Chester sounds awesome on this, Mike nails his vocals perfectly, and the guitar is immense on this track.

        11. A Cure For The Itch - Predominantly an instrumental, which involves DJ cuttings at the beginning, but I love it very much, because it provides an alternative to the rock-rap songs, and it's very chilling to listen to.

        12. Pushing Me Away - Good ending to finish it off, but for some reason the ending feels slightly rushed to me; that said good track to end the album

        If you're able to, buy the deluxe edition, because that has 3 live tracks, and 2 bonus tracks (My December, and High Voltage), and High Voltage is an amazing track, and I'm so surprised it didn't make the final cut.

        Another great thing about this album is that there's no swearing, I mean this isn't really a big deal, but think about it - how many nu metal groups release albums with no swearing? I can't think of any others, to be perfectly honest, and it also means that I can listen to this album in front of my 6 year old sister, who now also loves Linkin Park!

        Great debut album from Linkin Park, I would seriously recommend buying this album if you haven't done so already!

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        15.05.2010 11:57

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        Still excellent 10years on

        Ahh the album that started it all. In 2000 amongst a wave of sub-par "nu metal" where coming out of knowhere when linkin parks hybrid theory came out it blew all the rest out of the water. Linkin park are a rock band from the states that consist of chester - lead vocals, mike - vocals/gutair, brad - gutair, pheniox - bass and mr hann - dj.

        This ablum really stood out in 2000 and now 10 years later it still sounds frseh and new. Its hard to beleive something so polished could be a bands first album. From start to finish the album is perfect from the bands first single "one step closer" to "in the end" (which has an amazing video) this albums has everything. Linkin park have strayed away from the rap/nu-metal scene with their latest albums as they have went from nu-metal kids to a massive worldwide rock band. This is a must for any fan or just worth a hearing again to remind yourself of how good it was

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        Linkin Park's debut album

        "Hybrid Theory" in 2000 as the debut album of a band previously called this, before changing it to Linkin Park. Their breakthrough record, it sees them making their first imprint on the game with a very commercial Nu-Metal sound which made it stand amongst the top in a Metal sub-genre which was to peak in popularity around this time with its Hip Hop elements injected into it in the same way that Limp Bizkit, Rage Against The Machine, KoRn amongst many other had before them.

        1. "Papercut"

        The album gets off to a strong start as we find that they set things off with one of their singles. In it, we have them hyping things up by coming out with a cut that has them showing what they're about with a mix of raw Metal with popular Hip Hop. With a hook resembling Jay-Z's "Big Pimpin'" fans of his work will find a way in a from there you see that they simply give a raw introduction to the sort of thing that they're pushing for with their music.

        **Five Stars**

        2. "One Step Closer"

        Moving things on, we see that here we're offered the band's debut single and so another cut which was specifically made to act as a way to introduce the world to their music. Not really all that innovative, what they bring here is powerful nonetheless and massively-impactful upon the listeners with a headbanging feel as they play as if they're trying to fight against lots of things which have put them in the situation they're in by this point (near braking point).

        **Five Stars**

        3. "With You"

        The band come off the singles here and I felt that you had to welcome with as we find that they come to perform a tune that doesn't fight to sound as though its appealing to a mass range of people and instead has them doing things in a much more straight-forward way as they play around with what they're capable of musically. They come up with a tune featuring Hip Hop-based percussion and much more rapping than usual and I felt that they pulled it off well.

        **Five Stars**

        4. "Points of Authority"

        We're taken right into another very popular tune here and another piece that I thought would appeal towards the sorts of people who were only really exposed to the band through the singles that they dropped as promotion for the music presented in the album itself. This is a heavy one and has them going through with the same sort of formula as the last few, but giving it subtle edges to ensure that you don't tire of this sound.

        **Five Stars**

        5. "Crawling"

        A Grammy-award-winning single, this one stood out as something that you really had to look out for as we get an emotive tune from them and one that takes on a different feel to the rest that we get from the thing as it's largely done in a much softer manner and you don't really get the same raw Metal until the hook where you get a heavy breakdown and Chester Bennington's screamed vocals.

        **Four Stars**

        6. "Runaway"

        The Californian band keep the album flowing here as they come to bring out another raw cut in the sort of style that they expect to be received well by the sorts of people who stuck to them as they got their names up in the game and brought out material under their former name in anticipating for what you get here. This is a nice one from them, but not as heavy as the top-standard tunes as it seems to be lacking it its chorus.

        **Four Stars**

        7. "By Myself"

        This one seems to have much more of the Hip Hop feel than what we've had elsewhere here and so is bound to appeal towards that crowd much more as they experiment much more with that side of thing in quite subtle ways, and do a great job at pulling in more Rock styles than just the watered-down Metal that has a much more manageable feel than what else you get from the scene as a whole.

        **Four Stars**

        8. "In The End"

        This track seems to stand out as one of the most significant tracks on the release as we see that here we get a tune that managed to do much more than many of the others on the thing did. Here they come up with a tune that enables Mike Shinoda's raps to lead the lead singers raw Rock vocals to sound much heaviest once they come in the adlibs and then ultimately the chorus where the breakdown comes and has them trying to fight against things in life all going the wrong way.

        **Five Stars**

        9. "A Place For My Head"

        I felt that the band did well here to keep the momentum going and to ensure that the power of the last cut didn't make it seem as though this one would sound like a complete flop as we get a nice Rap-Rock piece from them here and one that has them taking things in a bit of a different direction and a way that I welcomed. It seems to reflect this late nineties to early '00s time, but soon went out of style.

        **Four Stars**

        10. "Forgotten"

        This one has them whipping out some more fresh stuff and material that has them attempting to push for more socially-conscious themes as they perform the music. I felt that it was nice to hear, however at times it seemed as though things weren't quite going as well as you would have hoped as it's a little cheesy at times, but overall still acts as a strong piece from the band as they keep the flow going well for them.

        **Four Stars**

        11. "Cure For The Itch" (Lude)

        12. "Pushing Me Away"

        After getting a nice Hip Hop instrumental piece from them, the album comes to an end as we see that they drop a track that brings closure to the album well and seems to have a feel that makes you want to hear more from them in the future once they've got things together and have come up with a fresh new sound on a complete new album. It's a nice one, and has an effective calming feel to it.

        **Four Stars**

        I felt that this was a strong album from the band and a great debut piece for them. The way things go here has them pushing for a sound that isn't really all that new and simply sees that they work from fro other bands have done in the past in order to give the guidance as to what most want to hear and they deliver just this without ever really tripping up

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          24.02.2010 18:18
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          My favourite songs are With You, In The End and Crawling

          Linkin Park are a hard rock band with a twist. Not only do they have heavy metal guitars and screamo, they also have a DJ, and rapping. The reason I like Linkin Park is because they're not like any other rock band, they have different things, which makes them more exciting and different, which is what I like in music. This is also one of the reasons they are so successful, and are one of the best-selling bands worldwide. They have recorded a song with Busta Rhymes, an album with Jay-Z, and have had two of their songs in the highly successful Transformers films, and have played at many festivals.

          Linkin Park consist of:
          Chester Bennington - vocals, rhythm guitar
          Rob Bourdon - drums, percussion, backing vocals
          Brad Delson - lead guitar, backing vocals
          David "Phoenix" Farrell - bass guitar, backing vocals
          Mr. Hahn - turntables, programming, samples, backing vocals
          Mike Shinoda - vocals, rhythm guitar, samples, keyboards

          They have released 3 albums so far, and this is their first studio album, and my second favourite. It was was released in 2000, followed by Meteora in 2003 and Minutes To Midnight in 2007. Meteora is my favourite album by them, but Hybrid Theory comes pretty close. This is a very good album, and I like most of the songs. If you haven't heard of Linkin Park, read below for what songs I would recommend to get you into them.

          1. Papercut

          One of the most popular songs for the album makes a good intro track, with DJ sound effects at the beginning, followed by a great guitar riff. There is then rapping, which I don't usually like, but Mike Shinoda is good at it, so I don't mind it at all in Linkin Park. The chorus in this is very good, and will stick in your head because it's so catchy

          2. One Step Closer

          A great song, with a brilliant guitar riff at the beginning. The vocals are a slightly different style which keeps me interested in the album. An amazing, catchy chorus. The best things about this song are the vocals and the guitar, making it a very good song.

          3. With You

          I love this song, it's my favourite song so far on the album. The sound effects at the beginning are pretty cool, then guitar comes in, followed by an incredible riff, which is the best thing about the song. I love the guitar sound, and everything else about it is good too, the drumming included. I would recommend listening to this song.

          4. Points Of Authority

          ANOTHER good song, with catchy rapping at the beginning, then some more nice guitar and DJ effects. The vocals, once again are very, very good, and the chorus is catchy again, meaning four amazing songs in a row.

          5. Crawling

          Listening to this again, I have decided this is my favourite song on the album, and many of my friends agree. An amazing tune at the beginning, quickly joined by the stunning chorus, with shouting vocals and amazing guitar and drumming. An incredibly catchy song, and everything about it is perfect. This is one of my favourite songs ever, definitely recommended, and the rapping is better than in the other songs.

          6. Runaway

          Again this song starts with DJ effects and guitars, but what makes this song is the vocals. They are excellent throughout the song, and so is the guitar and drumming, and the verse is actually catchier than the chorus, which makes a change, so again, I like this song.

          7. By Myself

          A great intro, with DJ effects and hard rock guitars combined, which then drops into slightly boring rapping, but that doesn't really matter. It's not the best song on the album, but the screamo in the chorus is amazing, which is the reason I still really like this song.

          8. In The End

          This is probably the most popular song on the album, and I love it, but I've heard it too many times and it's starting to become a little old, but I still love it. Nice piano at the beginning, then great rapping with backing vocals, and good drumming too. The vocals in the build up to the chorus are stunning, as they are in the chorus. An amazing, catchy chorus, and I would recommend listening to this song, it's incredible.

          9. A Place For My Head

          Another quite good song, with a quiet guitar intro, joined by DJ effects, which make the album different from usual rock albums. It builds up after that with quiet drumming, then the great guitar riff comes in and the drums get heavier. The lyrics for the rapping are good in this song, which makes it more interesting. The chorus is next, which again is pretty catchy. A good song.

          10. Forgotten

          Vocals right from the start, with guitar too, which is a different, welcome intro. It then it quietens down for the verse which has cool rapping, then the chorus is once again very catchy. Another great song, making it 10 in a row!

          11. Cure For The Itch

          This is the let down for the album, the reason I can't quite give it 5 stars, which is a real shame because I love the album besides this song. It's a DJ session, which is no where near as good as that of 'Session' from Meteora, which really is a shame. Don't bother listening to this song.

          12. Pushing Me Away

          This song makes up for the error of the last song, with quiet guitar at the beginning, followed by one of the best riffs on the album, which I think should have gone on for a little longer, because it is then joined by average vocals, which then get much better in the amazing chorus, a great closing song.

          This is an incredible album, but if you, like me, are not too fond of rapping, Meteora may be better than this album, and Minutes To Midnight has even less rapping, but the songs aren't so good on that.

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          An album for any music fan

          Hybrid Theory is the debut album by the American band Linkin Park that was released in 2000 to massive acclaim worldwide.

          I'm not usually a big fan of rock music apart from Foo Fighters and a few other bands but I absolutely loved this album from the very first time I heard it. Every song on it is brilliant and I can listen to it from start to finish without any need to skip ahead. There are no bad songs on it and with some really high quality songs it's an album that I'd rate up there ahead of the many others that I own.

          My favourite song on the album is probably either the second one, One Step Closer or song 8, In The End. One Step Closer is the first single they released and it is impossible to listen to and not get pumped up by it. It's pure anger and Chester Bennington's voice is just perfect for it. In The End is the opposite of the previous song and is just such a great song. Anyone else who had written lyrics like these would be applauded but for some reason Linkin Park don't seem to get that recognition.

          The only real downside I can suggest for Hybrid Theory is that it just isn't long enough. Another few songs would have been great but if they hadn't got any more songs of this quality to add to it then it's probably best they left it like this. Some people don't like the Cure for the itch' song since it's not a typical song. However, I think it's done to showcase the ability of their DJ. While it's usually Chester Bennington's vocal skills or Mike Shinoda's lyrical or production skills getting the main credits, the rest of the band is also supremely talented so it's always a good thing when they get time to demonstrate it.

          I really can't recommend Hybrid Theory enough. Since it's been out for almost a decade now (I can't believe that!) you can get it on Amazon for less than £5. For that price especially you can't go wrong with it and I'd suggest that if you don't have it, go get it! You won't be disappointed.

          Track Listing:

          1 - Papercut - 3 mins 05
          2 - One Step Closer - 2 mins 35
          3 - With You - 3 mins 23
          4 - Points of Authority - 3 mins 20
          5 - Crawling - 3 mins 29
          6 - Runaway - 3 mins 06
          7 - By Myself - 3 mins 10
          8 - In The End - 3 mins 36
          9 - A Place for my head - 3 mins 05
          10 - Forgotten - 3 mins 15
          11 - Cure for the itch - 2 mins 37
          12 - Pushing me away - 3 mins 12

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          22.09.2009 18:34
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          BUY IT NOW!

          Hybrid Theory is the smash hit album released by the Nu-Metal kingpins Linkin Park in 2000.

          The album features 12 songs and last's approximately 38 minutes, unless you are an owner of the special edition which lasts approx 56 mins.

          The 12 Tracks are as follows:

          1 - Papercut - 3 mins 05
          2 - One Step Closer - 2 mins 35
          3 - With You - 3 mins 23
          4 - Points of Authority - 3 mins 20
          5 - Crawling - 3 mins 29
          6 - Runaway - 3 mins 06
          7 - By Myself - 3 mins 10
          8 - In The End - 3 mins 36
          9 - A Place for my head - 3 mins 05
          10 - Forgotten - 3 mins 15
          11 - Cure for the itch - 2 mins 37
          12 - Pushing me away - 3 mins 12

          The album has enjoyed worldwide success selling over 24,000,000 copies which makes it the most successful debut album of the 21st century. Over 10,000,000 of the sales were in the U.S alone with it also selling strong in the UK and Western Europe.

          There were 4 songs released as singles from the album; One step closer, Papercut, In the end and Crawling.

          Now I'm not going to bore you with individual reviews for each track as that would spoil it for you! But I will review these 4 tracks from it briefly.

          One step closer is the first single that Linkin Park realeased, it has quite a strong guitar section to it, the lyrics are probably some of the more aggressive ones found on the album and features the infamous part where Chester screams "shut up when I'm talking to you!" This is one of the better songs on the album and is probably the one that is closes to Linkin Park's original roots.

          Papercut is a song whose lyrics are based on paranoia and fear, this track is Linkin Parks 3rd single release. The song is most noted for its rather surreal video with band members seen to be melting. The song features a strong drum rhythm which I find enjoyable.

          Crawling is probably the most well known single from the album and is really the one that shot the band into the limelight, the lyrics are probably the strongest feature of this song, they can be a bit overpowering for some people but I think they are great.

          In the end is the song which performed best in the singles chart from this album reaching no.1 in the U.S, it is also probably best known for its surreal video, featuring flying creatures. This songis dominated by Mike Shinoda's "rapping" and his piano riff at the start. Overall I would say this is my favourite track on the album.

          Other notable mentions is for Runaway and Pushing me away, these 2 are both very good songs that are actually quite catchy.

          In summary I would say this album is the best Linkin Park album out there, the newer ones I have found to be far too main stream and commercialised.

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          rock and rap combined

          Hybrid Theory is the first album from the rock band or nu metal band Linkin Park. It was an instant success I have to say, not only with me but also in the charts which is probably where I first heard their music and decided to get their other albums after this as well.

          The first song off the album paper cut gets the album off to a really good start, it's a fairly hard rock song with great guitar all the way through it. The rapping through it could perhaps be a little better, I don't over like some of the effects on the voice however it's a good song.

          In the end is no doubt the best song off the album, and in my opinion perhaps the best song that linkin park have ever done as well. I think everything about this song is perfect, the rapping done and the singing by Chester fits so well and all of the versus seem to just fit perfectly, Chester's singing is just incredible on this one, he can really hold some notes.

          Pushing me away is the final song off the album, its my second favourite song off the album as well and I think that again is because of the singing verses are so good. This one actually starts with Chester singing instead of the rapping like most of the others do and the majority of the song is singing with a bit of rapping in the background behind it which I like as I think this thing suit's the band as well as the other style as well.

          1. Papercut
          2. One Step Closer
          3. With You
          4. Points Of Authority
          5. Crawling
          6. Runaway
          7. By Myself
          8. In the End
          9. A Place for My Head
          10. Forgotten
          11. Cure for the Itch
          12. Pushing Me Away

          This was an incredible first album from a new band which at first I didn't really expect much from, their vocals were great, they were offering something that before this I hadn't really heard before, rapping and rock which became a great combination and now something I really enjoy.

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            An excellent debut album

            Hybrid Theory was Linkin Park's debut way back in 2000. It was a massive smash as the band exploded onto the scene. A really loud passionate sound, with pounding drums and screaming guitars. I have always been a fan of this band, and I do like this album. So how good is it really? Well here is what I think of the music.

            1. Papercut - A heavy start to the album. We're really introduced to what Linkin Park are all about. Power, passion and angry lyrics. A good start to the album. 8/10

            2. One Step Closer - 'Shut up when I'm talking to you!'. Sorry! A really angry song, but wow it's sounds good. A nice mix of rock with a few quieter moments, a brilliant song. 9//10

            3. With You - A strange little intro before the song gets going. Then it is really heavy going. But still as a good strong melody to it. More wrapping in this one, but they do it very well and it fits well with the music. 7/10

            4. Points Of Authority - More angry music. Another strong song, not one of my favorites but am quite happy to listen to it. 7/10

            5. Crawling - Excellent song. Think this was the first song I heard from the band and it really won me over. Great mix of slow, fast, powerful, emotion charged lyrics. 'There's something insode me that pulls beneath the surface, confussing, consuming' Some really good lyrics in the verse' before the chorus slams you back in your chair! 10/10

            6. Runaway - Good song. This is one of the songs that always sticks in my head. Bit of angry shouting section near the middle, which am not to keen on. 8/10

            7. By Myself - This one is just a bit to heavy for me. Heavy distorsion on the guitars make it sound really raw. 6/10

            8. In The End - Class. A really emotional song of lost love. It's amazing how powerful some of these lyrics are when you listen to them. 'I tried so hard and got so far, it doesn't even matter, I had to fall to loose it all, but in the end it doesn't even matter.' Excellent! 10/10

            9. Place For My Head - Another really heavy song, some screaming and real anger. Not keen on this one. 6/10

            10. Forgotten - This one kicks in straingt away. More loud angry lyircs. 7/10

            11. Cure For The Itch - Strange? Not really a proper song, just some talking. 5/10

            12. Pushing Me Away - So can they finish on a high. Yes. I think they do. Is a really nice song to end on, some more strong lyrics and a good all round sound. 8/10

            So overall a very good album. Some extremely powerful lyrics that really get you thinking. Some poorer tracks but overall a really good listen. If you have only just recently got into Linkin Park, I would suggest giving this a listen and seeing where it all started for the band!

            I would give it 8/10

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              Buy it, download it, just listen to it!

              Linkin Park's debut album (released in 2000) emphasises their talent for mixing two genres of music beautifully (hip-hop and metal). The album showcases the musical talents of the band and Chester Bennington's powerful voice for the first time and although the band have developed since back in the day this album still contains some of their best work showing they were brilliant from the start. Hybrid Theory sparked off Linkin Park's popularity and I think it's obvious why.


              Want a track listing?...ok... :

              Papercut
              Fast pased/angry song about paranoia, shows Mike's fast rapping skills and Chester's haunting voice and their ability to merge them together in the chorus. As ever Joe displays his unique mixing style throughout the song that gives Linkin Park their 'sound' :)

              One Step Closer
              Their first released single and my favourite song of theirs so far, the song is about how sometimes every word you hear from someone can just push you closer to the edge, the verses are short and the chorus powerful making the song short but effective. A great song to let your anger out to :)

              With You
              Not a very well known song I think, but that makes it a hidden gem! I believe the song is about someone who has had someone leave them and they are saying that they can't forget them. The song has Mike rapping but more melodically and Chester screaming a bit in the chorus and bridge, and more of Joe's talent thrown in :)

              Points of Authority
              The song is about someone who tries to take out their pain on others and it isn't appreciated, the song is all Chester singing but with an interlude of Mike's agressive rapping towards the end of the song, the music in the background is also spectacular :)

              Crawling
              One of the famous ones :) The song describes the feelings of someone who can't face their own reflection anymore and feels there's a problem deep inside of them and it confuses them constantly. The classic formula of singing, screaming and a bit of rap with heavy music make up this song :)

              Runaway
              Well the title gives a bit a hint of the meaning, of how someone feels their current life is so twisted they need to run away. I love the lyrics in this song as they are more unique than generic like some other songs. Chester and Mike collaborate perfectly of course :)

              By Myself
              It's hard when the people that surround you make you feel so terrible but it's either them or be completely alone and this song reflects on this. Mike words the problem exquisitely and Chester shows the urgency of the problem with his screaming :)


              In The End
              Another famous 'un. Whenever you hear Chester say 'It starts with' you know what's coming up! The song is about how it can feel like nothing matters in the end no matter how hard you've tried because people will let you down. Mike raps, Chester sings, music plays, you know how it goes... fantastic of course :)


              A Place For My Head
              A song about telling someone that you are finally fed up of them and they can just leave you alone. Chester and Mike are very agressive and the music is fast paced and heavy showing the popular feeling of anger, I love the feeling myself :)

              Forgotten
              Another not so well known song that should be, about how things sometimes need to be forgotten, I love the lyrics of this song also. A bit more rap than usual from Mike and bits of screaming in between from Chester :)

              Cure for the Itch
              An instrumental by Joe, showing how he makes Linkin Park's sound, it's great if you appreciate music and want to hear some without words so you can truly appreciate it :)





              Overall
              ******
              The album is their first and perhaps their most agressive with a shortage of the short songs that are on their other albums, it shows their favourite formulas for songs and how they work for the first time and many people became fans after hearing this album and hoped for more in their follow-up. But is Hybrid Theory their best album - first time lucky? Well I personally can't choose between the albums (some form of betrayal?) but I think the albums have different themes and this one's theme is anger and it was made to show what Linkin Park do to see if it was received well and they could evolve from there, so fair enough if you don't like their new work because their old work was just as good :)

              xx

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                Linkin Park is one of my favourite bands, they play an alternative American rock/metal music, their first mainstream album Hybrid Theory was an amazing collection of songs. This album has its own unique style of rock music combining scream singing, rapping and electric percussion.

                The track listing on this cd is:

                Papercut
                This is a great song about paranoia, this song really shows of the talents of all members in the band, it is mostly rapped and one of the best songs on the album.

                One Step Closer
                This is another amazing song though it is quite an angry song so might not suit all tastes (like most of this album), this song is about not being able being close to breaking point after taking abuse from someone and taking a stand.

                With You
                This song is about not being able to get someone out of your head, even though they are distant and dont want you. This is another really great song on this album.

                Points of Authority
                This is a very confident song about taking a stand against some one whos self righteous, this song was remixed with Jay Z with 99 Problems on a later album Collision Course.

                Crawling
                This is one of my favourite songs on the album, about not being able to get someone out of your head even though your try and try, there is no rapping in this song and Chesters vocals are really good.

                Run Away
                A song about running away from everyone and starting new, this is another quite angry song. Its a great listen and very similar to other songs on this album.

                By Myself
                A song about whether its best to lie and fit in or to be yourself and be unaccepted, this is another angry song on this album but its still a great listen. Again its very similar to other songs on the album.

                In the End
                This is one of the more famous tracks from this cd about how with some people some times trying doesnt do any good in the end. Its mostly rapped and also shows off chesters great singing voice.

                Place For My Head
                Another song about wanting to get away from someone, this song is again very similar to the other songs on the cd, however it is still a great song and typical Linkin Park at the start of their career.

                Forgotten
                This is a song about forgeting about the bad things in your past, this song is fast paced and another one of my favourites on the album.

                Cure for an Itch
                This is an instrumental song with absolutley no singing in it mixed by Joe Hahn.

                Pushing Me Away
                A song about not being able walk on egg shells for someone who wont accept you for who you are.

                I think that this is a great album and well worth checking out if your into rock genre music however some songs can be very similar but they are all very good tracks.

                The members in this band are:
                Chester Bennington - Vocals
                Rob Bourdon - Drums
                Brad Delson - Lead Guitar
                Dave "Phoenix" Farrell - Bass Guitar
                Joe Hahn - Turntables, Samples, Beats
                Mike Shinoda - Vocals, Guitar, Keyboards/Piano

                ***Also posted on ciao under lorrainek90***

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                  21.01.2009 13:32
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                  Good Nu Metal Album

                  Hybrid Theory is my second favourite Linkin Park album, i've been hooked ever since first hearing it!


                  **The Band**
                  Linkin Park is a hugely successful Nu Metal band. Hybrid Theory was the bands original name before it had to be change to Linkin Park, this is how the album was titled. The album catapaulted the band to mainstream success and I love their style. The members of Linkin Park are: Chester Bennington, Rob Bourdon, Brad Delson, David Farrell, Joe Hahn and Mike Shinoda. So far the band have released three studio albums:
                  Hybrid Theory (2000)
                  Meteora (2003)
                  Minutes To Midnight (2007)


                  **My Favourite Tracks**

                  **Crawling**
                  This track is the first song from Hybrid Theory that really grabbed my attention. I love the wall of guitars right from the first second and the raw emotion as Chester Bennington screams the opening lines. When I first heard this track it was something completely new to me and it introduced me to Nu Metal which I am still a huge fan of today. My favourite lyrics from this song are: "Crawling in my skin, these words they will not heal, fear is how I fall, confusing what is real". I would rate this song 8/10.


                  **One Step Closer**
                  Again, this song really caught my attention but for a different reason, the lyrics. I think that everyone can relate to it on some level no matter how it is interpreted. I really like te way the chorus explodes from the verses, it creates such a tense, dramatic atmosphere. My favourite lyrics from this track are: "Everything you say to me takes me one step closer to the edge and i'm about to break, I need a little room to breathe 'cause i'm one step closer to the edge and i'm about to break". I would rate this song 7/10.


                  **In The End**
                  This is the most well known song from Hybrid Theory as it was the track that threw Linkin Park into the middle of the Nu Metal scene. It is a lot softer in comparison to the rest of the album but still heavy in places. The rapping gives the song a comletely different edge too. My favoutie lyrics from this track are: " I tried so hard and got so far but in the end it doesn't even matter, I had to fall to lose it all but in the end it doesn't even matter". I would rate this song 6/10.


                  **My Overall Opinion**
                  I like this album a lot but it's not as good as Meteora in my opinion. I like the originality and the drama of it all, each song tells a different story. I would definately recommend this album to Nu Metal fans. I would give the whole album 8/10.

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                    Good fun, clean Nu-Metal. No swearing makes it a good gift for young teenagers

                    Linkin Park hit the scene in the late 1990s and man, were we ready for it. As a young teenager myself, this was just the kind of music that I felt I could "rebel" with but without being "too hardcore".

                    There's plenty of heavy guitar riffing, strong beats and cool sampling to create an illusion of perfectly slick, pop metal songsmanship. The vocals are strong (Chester does have a wonderful voice, despite have busted his vocal chords countless times) and some really catchy rapping. My friends and I used to know all the words to every track on this album - we thought we were so cool!

                    Upon reflection, this album is good, but some of the lyrics are a little cringeworthy. The style is very much pop-metal. There's not a great deal of substance to the rhymes these guys are spitting, but their music sure does have edge. "Papercut" has got to have one of the greatest intros ever and "In The End" is very beautiful, in it's own, shiney, nu metal way.

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                    An excellent début album from Linkin Park, by far their best work to date.

                    Linkin Park exploded onto the music scene in 2000 with their 'Hybrid Theory' album. The band originally formed in 1996 under the name of 'Xero', actually changing the band name itself to 'Hybrid Theory' in 1999 before settling on the final name of Linkin Park. Whilst 'Hybrid Theory' did not stick as a band name, it did of course feature as the title of their début album which has to date sold in excess of 24 million copies worldwide.

                    'Hybrid Theory' is by far my favourite of all the studio albums that Linkin Park have released to date and contains the hit singles of 'Crawling', 'Papercut', 'One Step Closer', and 'In The End'. Whilst these are the hits, it is perhaps the album track 'Points of Authority' that is my favourite from this album. The track is just so raw and energetic, the band blast through this one without once looking back and it is therefore an absolute joy to listen to. It is edgy and you never quite know where the band are going to go next with the track, it provides for a perfect listening experience and is one track from this album that I certainly shan't be forgetting in a hurry.

                    Whilst 'Points of Authority' is without doubt my favourite from this album, there is no denying the excellence that is contained within the rest of this release. 'In The End' features the perfect keyboard introduction and as the band progress their way through the track they possess such conquering force and power; it is hard to believe that 'Hybrid Theory' is only the first album that Linkin Park ever released from listening to this. They just sound like such an accomplished act as they slash their way through the track, 'In The End' made for a powerful single and is I feel one of the best tracks that the band have ever written.

                    The vocals of front man Chester Bennington combine perfectly with the rapped lyrics of Mike Shinoda in the 'Hybrid Theory' album and this is what makes the music so special. The guitars are often heavy, and the sound that is produced through the dual vocal assault of these two men is absolutely phenomenal. Their voices work well alongside one another and there is a definite chemistry here, the vocals are vastly different and yet they work so well side by side. The conflicting sounds made by Chester Bennington and Mike Shinoda make the music what it is; absolute aural excellence.

                    Throughout the entirety of this album Linkin Park possess great presence and as they charge their way through the 'Hybrid Theory' album never once do they fail to impress. In this album Linkin Park have a great habit of starting tracks with soaring guitar riffs, heaviness which dies down as the track continues, but at times comes surging back through later on in the track. 'By Myself' is one such example of this and 'Forgotten' is another. The band are unpredictable on this album and this makes for an interesting and exciting listening experience, never can you be too sure when the next guitar surge will kick in and you are therefore kept on your toes as Linkin Park fire their way through this hugely impressive and at times devilishly heavy Nu-Metal masterpiece.

                    Since releasing 'Hybrid Theory' in 2000, Linkin Park have returned with a further two albums but never quite have they managed to hit the dizzy heights that they amassed with their début offering. They've not yet released a bad album but they've certainly never since released an album quite so impressive as this one. 'Hybrid Theory' is edgy and raw, an album of epic proportions complete with many a soaring guitar riff, booming bass line, and devilish drum beat. In October 2000 I bought this album upon release and still I continue to play it more than seven years on. Many of the albums I bought around this time I now look upon with disgust, but this certainly can't be said of the 'Hybrid Theory' album. Linkin Park are an excellent band and of the three albums they have released to date; 'Hybrid Theory' is most certainly their finest.

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                      A shining example of Nu Metal at its best

                      Linkin Park - Hybrid Theory
                      Year: 2000

                      *denotes a single

                      *Track #1 - Papercut:
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                      "Hybrid Theory" opens with the frenetic, exciting track "Papercut". This song exemplifies the quick-fire rapping of Mike Chinoda, and the crisp vocals of Chester Bennington. The mixture of heavy guitar work and synthesisers/mixing may be too disorientating for some to enjoy, yet I think it works, and sets a precedent that the rest of the albuim seems to work off of pretty well.

                      *Track #2 - One Step Closer:
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                      "One Step Closer" is perhaps Linkin Park's most famous song, and was their first ever single. Bennington's vocals begins softly, yet he also exhibits what is more traditionally known as "nu metal vocals", getting more screamy and raspy as the song progresses. It features another mix-down/guitar battle near the end that some may dislike, but again, I think it works well. The guitar work is very clean and frenetic, and in Linkin Park's entire corpus of work, this has to be one of their best songs.

                      Track #3 - With You:
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                      With You begins as one of the more stranger, ambient songs on the album; it features a fantastic bass line, and minor, yet impressive synthesised pieces permeate throughout. The lyrics are decidedly more thoughtful and contemplative than the above songs, although the song is nevertheless heavy, and even fairly pop-like in its chorus.

                      Track #4 - Points of Authority
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                      "Points..." is the most unique song on the album, and certainly one of the best. The lyrics are catchy, the guitar work is very strong throughout, and Bennington and Chinoda's vocals are both on top form. The mixing work from Mr Mann is less pronounced and works more as a layer to the music rather than dominating it, which I must attest works to the song's betterment.

                      *Track #5 - Crawling:
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                      "Crawling" is perhaps the pop culture staple of Hybrid Theory; countless Internet forums quote the song's chorus "Crawling in my skin / These wounds, they will not heal" to denote an "emo" individual. Anyway, the song is apparently said to represent Bennington's struggle with crystal meth addiction, and it's verses are very meditative and thoughtful, whilst the choruses are a smorgasbord of aggressive instrumental and vocal work.

                      Track #6 - Runaway:
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                      "Runaway" is one of the considerably less known songs of the album; it is nevertheless fairly catchy, although perhaps does not retain the "single quality" of most of the above songs. It is similar in form to With You, although perhaps not as catcuy or well-written.

                      Track #7 - By Myself:
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                      One of my favourite songs from the album, and a track which is largely ignored, "By Myself"'s verse effectively imbues a sense of dread in its reverie-esque milieu. The chorus is likewise strong, with intense guitar work and spirited vocals from Bennington. Chinoda, meanwhile, owns the verses, and his contemplative rapping befits the song's tone.

                      *Track #8 - In The End:
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                      "In The End" is one of more famous and popular Linkin Park songs, and is a stellar track that certainly earned much play when I first heard it. The song is a rousing mix of piano work, synthesised beats and nuances, stunning guitar work and skilled vocal work. The song is perhaps more pop-esque than their other tracks, but it works. I also recommend watching the music video on YouTube or wherever if you can; the art direction is very strange, and very interesting!

                      Track #9 - A Place For My Head:
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                      "A Place For My Head" is another fairly unknown track; it features some accoustic work and is a partial stylistic diversion from the rest of the album. However, the chorus is typically heavy, and thus, it doesn't differ to the point that it is overly noticable. The chorus is pretty catchy, and whilst the song pales in comparison to the quality of some tracks (particularly the singles), it's still entirely decent.

                      Track #10 - Forgotten:
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                      "Forgotten" wastes no time in getting straight to its heavy chorus, yet the song again has typically calm choruses (as with most of the album) where Chinoda waves lyrical and poetic, before seguing back into Bennington's more pronounced chorus vocals. Again, this isn't one of the better or more catchy tracks, but it is more than adequate.

                      Track #11 - Cure For The Itch:
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                      "Cure For The Itch" is essentially a track for Mr Hann to display his mixing skills. This is by far the weakest and strangest track on the album; most of the other instruments are omitted entirely, and whilst the meandering tone of the song isn't terrible, it just feels unnecessary and tacked-on. The one mildly weak link on the album if there was one.

                      Track #12 - Pushing Me Away:
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                      "Pushing Me Away" could easily have made it as a single; it is catchy and retains the aforementioned single quality. The chorus contains very strong guitar work, and the verses are understated and thoughtful.

                      Summary:
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                      "Hybrid Theory" is certainly Linkin Park's greatest work to date; they have yet to come close to an album as generally consistent and driven as this effort. Of the 12 tracks, there is only one that I would even consider skipping, and as far as Nu Metal goes, Linkin Park's album stands tall among the rest. A quintessential Nu Metal album with wide appeal; it is largely heavy, but there are more timid musical moments throughout also.

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                      Disc #1 Tracklisting
                      1 Papercut
                      2 One Step Closer
                      3 With You
                      4 Points Of Authority
                      5 Crawling
                      6 Runaway
                      7 By Myself
                      8 In the End
                      9 A Place for My Head
                      10 Forgotten
                      11 Cure for the Itch
                      12 Pushing Me Away