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Same Songs...Need Something New
on August 2, 2002
I have some reservations concerning this album. I have listened to it being a day of release purchaser of it and I am not at all impressed. First of all, where is the creativity? We have been waiting for a new studio album from Linkin Park since October of 2000 and this is what we get, a remix album of songs that we already have heard. I was taken away by the wave of new rock/rap with Hybrid Theory and pulled of the ride with Reanimation. The album features a plethora of artists in my opinion tearing up Linkin Park songs of old. The riffs are heavy bass line with a stronger emphasis on rap rather than a emphasis on rock or even a complete mixture. The album features clips of answering machine messages left on Mike Shinoda's answering machine, for what reason I have yet to conjure up. I know the difficulties of releasing a sophomore album after great success with a debut including a Grammy. This album showed lack of creativity, a walk away from the style and arrangements of Hybrid Theory and an attempt to keep the Linkin Park name around while they go into the studio to record what their web-site says are completed tracks. (I would have rather they waited.) If this is the new sound of Linkin Park and you were taken by the initial sound of their 2000 debut, please do not waste your money or time with this album. I sincerely hope that their next studio album (no release date yet) will feature a new array of songs, a better mix of rap and rock instead of favoring one particular side and a return to mainstream music that we have enjoyed with their initial release.