Artist: Linkin Park
Album: “Living Things”
Label: Warner Bros. Records
Talk about consistency — Linkin Park has created yet another great album. “Living Things,” the group’s fifth album, is top-notch from its opening track, “Lost in the Echo” — which features Chester Bennington’s signature screech — to its closing numbers, the grungy instrumental “Tinfoil,” which transitions into the guitar-heavy “Powerless.”
The album is dominated by anger, disappointment and rage: “Lies Greed Misery” and “Victimized” are self-explanatory. On “In My Remains,” Bennington sings: “Falling in the cracks of every broken heart, digging through the wreckage of your disregard.”
“Living Things” comes 12 years after the six-member band released its debut, “Hybrid Theory.” The new album was produced by Mike Shinoda and Rick Rubin and is reminiscent of the rap-rock sound of the group’s first two discs. The guys took a departure from that on “Minutes to Midnight” and 2010’s “A Thousand Suns,” but Linkin Park never disappoints, and “Living Things” is living proof.