Hybrid Theory - Linkin' Park (2001)
Rage Against the Machine, Feeder, Eminem
With You, Pushing Me Away
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Why did I buy it?
Heard bits of it on TV and at Virgin cafe, and liked it.
Linkin' Park manage to produce something genuinely different with
their sound - a mesh of heavy guitar, with alternating rap
and melody over the top. Sounding at a pinch like Rage Against
the Machine, this is forceful music, and yet accessible. The most
distinctive influences can be heard on "Pushing me away" which
resembles the Megadeth of "So far, so good, so what?", and "In the
end" which mirrors Eminem, but comparisons are unfair when this
band have created a unique space for themselves.
More impressively, their aggression is conveyed without the need for swearing (language can be abusive without profanity!) and although not profound, lyrics like "This is the last smile that I'll fake for the sake of being with you" go a little deeper than the usual heavy metal boy bands and give the album more lasting appeal.
Overall, while not one of the most outstanding albums around, it is a reliable and enjoyable choice, which withstands multiple plays.
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