The hybrid heavy tunes of
Linkin Park (fusing Metal, rap, borderline boyband vocals, technology and DJ-ing) has pushed them to the forefront of their contemporaries after only one album (and a remixed version of it). Some purists feel they're making a mockery of true hard music, but I have to admit, some of the songs are overpoweringly infectious, well constructed and accomplished. I've said it many times over, I'd rather that kids get into this kind of music than not at all - it may well partially be a commercialized trend, but at least has more guts and outspoken elements than your run of the mill boyband.
does have some philosophy behind it, much of emotional urgency and vented angst-ridden suppressed aggression. Emotional struggle, self-blame, trust broken and gained and reflections of insecurities will find a large audience amid kids who have these feelings of alienation, labeled outsiders or outcasts - here they get a voice - not all of them want to go the goth route - here's another avenue to feel understood.
In the sleeve each song gets a note on its creation, bringing the listener a little deeper into their creative workings.
also contains a short film on the giant scale collaborative making of the album's cover artwork. Screensavers and additional exclusive stuff can be unlocked via the internet.

4 / A
- Paul Blom

6 - Volcanic
5 - Blistering
4 - Hot
3 - Smolder
2 - Room Temp.
1 - Fizzled
0 - Extinguished

A - Multiple Listening Prospects
B - Deserves Another Spin
C - Once Should Suffice

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