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Artist: Linkin Park
Label: Warner Bros / Wea
Genre: Alternative & Punk
Release: Jan 2000   My Rating: 0
Duration: 37:45
Summary: It may be too cynical to assume Hybrid Theory changed its name to Linkin Park in order to appear right next to Limp Bizkit in your local record bin. But rock-rap workouts like "One Step Closer" and "Papercut" do make Linkin Park a comfortable fit with Fred Durst and his ilk. Producer Don Gilmore (Pearl Jam, Lit, Eve 6) and twin vocal threats Chester Bennington and Mike Shinoda serve up industrial-strength rap and rock melodicism with equal aplomb on this woulda-been-self-titled debut effort. "Points of Authority" aims to sound like Trent Reznor wanking it up with Lars and company, whereas guitarist Brad Delson's Edge-y harmonics help "In the End" and "Pushing Me Away" evoke a dark romanticism akin to A Perfect Circle. Curiously, the band gets by with no bass player, while sample-happy DJ Joseph Hahn's step into the spotlight on the instrumental "Cure for the Itch" suggests a potential for eclecticism that could help Linkin Park outlive its seemingly transient genre. "--Bill Forman"


Artist: Linkin Park
Label: Warner Bros / Wea
Genre: Alternative & Punk
Release: Jan 2003   My Rating: 0
Duration: 36:46
Summary: Linkin Park's second studio effort (not counting the 2002 remix album "Reanimation") overflows with glossy production values and Big Rock oomph, fully embracing the pop instincts of their "Hybrid Theory" debut. For many, "Theory" sounded inexcusably corporate, from its too-timely rap-rock sound to the long list of product endorsements included in the liner notes. "Meteora" will only amplify those complaints, but this album is actually truer to the band's nature. It's still impossible not to hear strains of Limp Bizkit, Korn, Rage Against the Machine, and the like. None of those acts, howeve, would try something as blatantly anthemic as "Easier to Run," which would sound fine to a Def Leppard fan, or as borderline danceable as "Breaking the Habit" and "Session." Linkin Park is what Trent Reznor was always afraid of becoming, but if you ever wished he would drop the pretenses and just make a hair-metal record, you'll find "Meteora" to your liking. --"Matthew Cooke"