One More Light: Linkin Park Parade Pop Chops in Divisive New Album
Dance & ElectronicaPop...
Warner Bros./Machine Shop
Linkin Park is a band that many 90’s kids grew up with. Having started as Nu Metal/Rock band with their 2000 debut album, Hybrid Theory,the group has evolved throughout the years; but seventeen years on, their latest album, One More Light, is their most radical evolution yet.
The band has been working on the album since November 2015 from a new direction that sawvocals being recorded first before the story, hookand, finally, the music.
Labelled as pop, pop rock, and electro-pop, the album marks a shift to a style that can be compared with the likes of Owl City, or even Coldplay. The title song, ‘One More Light’, is a heartfelt song and can be considered one of, if not the, best song on the whole album showing off Chester’s sincere vocals to an acoustic backdrop further revealing his range and skill.
There are some songs that will make you want to tap your feet like ‘Sharp Edges’ – the last song on the album – which has more of a country feel to it, while their March-released single, ‘Heavy’, features Kiiara as a guest vocalist– a first female vocalist to ever feature on a Linkin Park track.
Considered their second self-produced album, the ten song record is a far cry from what Linkin Park are known for. Mike Shinoda’s vocals are all but absent from the album – except for one song – but that’s just one of the missing tropes that made Linkin Park special. Gone are the days of heavy, head-banging guitar riffs, Chester Bennington’s screaming and mosh-pit inducing music, while synths, strings and sampling are now, seemingly, the new norm.
But the problem that has struck a chord with fans and critics is not just the drastic change of genres but that the album isn’t that good with, ‘Invisible’ and ‘Battlefield Symphony’ being the worst – at times, the album feels like a teen drama TV show more than a heavy intense thrill ride.