Linkin Park - Recharge / Album Stream
Next week, Linkin Park is releasing a new remix album in the same vein of Reanimation titled Recharged (clever bastards). The album includes 14 tracks; one being their new single “A Light That Never Comes” created in conjunction with Steve Aoki, and the other thirteen being new versions of songs from their most recent full length Living Things. Notable producers and guest features include Steve Aoki, Datsik, Rick Rubin, Pusha T, and Bun B.
From the looks of the tracklist, and from what I’ve listened to of the stream it seems they went EDM heavy this time around. Reanimation had a mostly underground Hip Hop influence with a little EDM here and there. They definitely flipped that strategy for this release.
I love LP. I’ve been a fan since I was eleven years old, and as I’ve grown and got into different things I enjoyed and respected the fact that they have too. Minutes to Midnight went all Alt Rock-No Rap and could have been titled “Linkin Park Minus Mike and Joe”. A Thousand Suns was a quasi-concept album that was a more mature version of the early LP sound, Alt Rock meets Rap but with an emphasis on Hip Hop and Electronic elements. Living Things ditched the band, went almost all Electronic, and is my least favorite Linkin Park album. The Linkin Park “style” and creativity is there, but it sounds like Linkin Park as a band, isn’t. It sounds like there may be guitars and drums somewhere on the album, but they’re buried beneath synths, keys, and effects. I’m not saying it’s a bad album - it’s good, and there’s definitely some jams. I was disappointed is all. Recharged is taking the predominant Electro leanings to the next level : the level that is EDM exclusive (EDM exclusive, WITH a couple Hip Hop features sprinkled in, so we don’t completely forget the LP guys like Rap too).
If you’re into any genre of EDM, especially Dubstep, you’ll dig this album. It’s got some good music on it. But the Dubstep, Electro, EDM exclusive stylings isn’t my preference. Check it out for yourself. You can see the full tracklist, listen to the stream, and pre-order the album (I’m especially interested in the $499 deluxe version) at the band’s official site : linkinpark.com.
LP Forever (even when they release music I don’t love),
*Edit : Songs number 11 and 13, are the only more Hip Hop influenced songs I noticed. The tempo and beat are Hip Hop, but the sounds are Electro (if that makes sense). Track 13 sounds like it could be a Gorillaz song.