he absolutely devastating news just broke that Linkin Park frontman Chester Bennington has passed away. It has been reported that he had committed suicde and was found in his private residence in Los Angeles at 9am today. To honour this rock legend, let's celebrate the band's latest album again. RIP Chester <3
What’s with all these rocking bands changing up their sound?! Linkin Park dropped their latest album on May 19th and it is nothing like the Linkin Park we know and love! However, it is a pretty banging record.
I’ve never been a mega fan of Linkin Park over the years. Don’t get me wrong, there are some absolute classics I love but that’s really it. But as new tracks from this album were released I was shocked about how different the band had become.
The first track I heard was “Heavy” featuring female singer Kiiara and instantly I was shook. This wasn’t Linkin Park, but it was awesome regardless! This is one of the heavier songs on the record, making it the best choice as a single release because you can instantly hear the band’s poppy new sound, but it is still reminisant of the band's old vibes. I adore this song. I think Chester’s and Kiiara’s voices go well together and lyrically, the song is brilliant and very relatable.
The album’s opening track “Nobody Can Save Me” has a massive modern pop influence with heavy use of synths and voice distortions. The song has a deep meaning, portraying that feeling of having no one to turn to during low moments of life. The modern pop follows through to the second track “Good Goodbye”, featuring 2 of the most popular hip hop artists of the moment, Stormzy and Pusha T. I was really digging this track until the rapping started. Can you not?
“Battle Symphony” is one that I do love! Again, more modern pop influence, but this one has heavier vibes with a great thumping beat running through the entire song. The lyrics of this one are also great. The song is like an up yours to life. About no matter what the world throws at you, you’re going to get right back up again and carry on.
“Invisible” is another favourite of mine. This one is a love song and almost an apology – an apology to the person you love that you shouldn’t have pushed them away just because you were too nervous to tell them how you feel. This is a really sweet song and it is a slightly slower one compared to the other tracks on the album.
“Sorry for Now” has a very similar message to “Invisible” and is another one of my favourites. Not just because of the sweet and relatable lyrics, but because of the instrumentation and the mix of the music. Again, heavy synths are used throughout this one, but it is also slightly heavier that the poppy songs with a thumping beat teamed with percussion and tambourines. However, what gets me up and dabbing is the breaks in the song after the chorus is sung where the beat drops and it is mixes with heavy synths and voice distortions which I just adore.
The title track of the album is an emotional one. It is about losing someone close to you, grieving for them and blaming the world for taking that person away. You can hear the emotion in the music before you hear the lyrics with a gentle and sombre electric guitar and keyboard. This is a beautiful song which brought tears to my eyes – the only song on the album that has manage to do this!
“One More Light” is a great album. It took a few listens to get used to hearing Chester’s voice with this new pop sound the band has, but nonetheless it is awesome. Some people hate it when a band changes their sound but I love it. It give you a change to fall in love with a band all over agian, and that has certainly happened for me.