A thousand sons?! What a busy guy going around planting his seed so many times! Suns? Oh, okay. This is the album all the fans hated because they don’t scream so much anymore. Linkin Park on Ritalin or something. Or just slightly grown up. Slightly.
There is only one song which has the shouting of old, and instead Linkin park have gone for a softer more electronic sound which pissed off a lot of people. And when the fans get pissed off, this piss ends up flying in everyone’s faces, so they too are pissed off at the album, even without having heard it. But for £3 I thought I’d give it a go. A concept album about nuclear war and fear. Light subject for the guilty pleasure band everyone used to love in their teens and now turn their heads at the mere utterance of their names.
And I don’t really see what all the hoohah was about when it launched. Sure only ‘Blackout’ contains that angry sound we once knew, but the new softer approach for the rest of the songs end up being better than that one track. The lyrics on the end of the world and concerns about it all do have that slightly cheesy tone, but it is quite easy to get on board with the likes of ‘Waiting For The End’, and ‘The Messenger’ which manage to make this melancholy subject of nuclear war pleasing to the ears. They even have those speeches inserted from famous people type messages now and then to make it more conceptual!
Though it does still sound like Linkin Park, ‘The Radiance’ chorus sounds just like ‘What I’ve Done’ but a little more mellow. It should appeal more to those who like bands to try new things out without trying to be something they aren’t. And this feels like a natural evolution as each member gains more wrinkles. They still rap, they still swear, they still shout; but they aren’t as one note in the past. Though very much still a guilty pleasure, so keep this one quiet!
An album to listen to when an asteroid has just hit your ex-lover in the face. And you forgot how to scream.