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Hybrid Theory - Linkin Park
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Hybrid Theory - Linkin Park
Advantages: Challenging yet rewarding, a fine example of modern rock
Disadvantages: perhaps a little short at just under 38 minutes
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.
Summary: The first signs of a great band at work