Music reviews

Well-crafted album

Linkin Park has constantly evolved ever since their 2000 debut Hybrid Theory. Their fourth studio album, A Thousand Suns is a melange of rap-metal, old school hip-hop and industrial grind. The accent, however, is on melody and not on growling vocals and distorted guitars, as is typical of this genre. The album is well-crafted, more intricately put together compared to their previous releases with more elements and layering. It is likely to figure among the top albums of the year.

The track The Radiance samples Oppenheimer’s famous Destroyer of Worlds speech over industrial sounds and a rapid heartbeat. Burning in the Skies, a melodic and beat-driven piece in which lead singer Chester Bennington wallows in self-pity. When they come for me begins with a bhangra-like drum beat (clearly inspired by increasing influence of Indian music). Rapper Mike Shinoda shows his best side while rapping in Robot Boy. Wretches and Kings has the ‘Oi, oi’ vocals typical of Bhangra. Iridescent is a straight singing duet that sees Shinoda and Bennington accompanied by a slow piano.

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