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May be viewed as a classic in 5 years?
on 28 September 2010
You have to hand it to these guys, make a million (or many more) churning out the same formulaic rap rock. Sure it was good, but did we really need to hear the same style album again and again? They were in danger of becoming like Oasis or Status Quo - same album - different cover. If you're are in it for the money thats fine, but Linkin Park are at least attempting to fight against the machine they created, and for that they should be congratulated.
Sure, in places the stick to form with some convincing raps, but gone is the type of song they probably wrote in their sleep, you know, rap verse, sweetly sung chorus, a few riffs to underpin it and there you go, another million in the bank. Instead we have mood enhancing keyboard sweeps, dialogue, and more challenging rythms (do I hear Tribal drums in there?) In places its almost prog-rap, if there is such a genre.
I can understand how this was puzzled/angered/dismayed their loyal fanbase who wanted another 'In the End' or 'Numb' but the band are fighting against becoming an almost parody of themselves.
Inventive, sometimes challenging, sometimes filler but sometimes rivetting this album may be looked back at with real reverence - a real turning point in theie career.