This week's music we're talking about is... LIES GREED MISERY by Linkin Park.
Before I start, you might want to check out the video here.
As we are all anticipating for the new album, Living Things, from Linkin Park, I have got to say that we were all satisfied, great and awed by the effects, vocals and songwriting that Mike took, and brought BURN IT DOWN to a higher level which we will all love. And probably the most awkward thing to say was that, did they rush into the new album too fast? When LIES GREED MISERY came out, I was thinking, 'maybe it could sound like Burn It Down for a particular reason'. If they wanted to stay on tune, they had to try and replicate the same thing. But what Linkin Park fans got was something different.
Firstly, I've got to just say that Mike was honest and great in writing his lyrics on this record. Laying down punchlines, one by one. Examples like, 'I'mma be that nail in your coffin'/sayin' that I softened/I was duckin' down to reload' and 'what is it What is it you want me to tell you/I am not the failure/I would rather live than let be'. This is probably not the finest songs fans were wanting for, but all I gotta' say is, fans probably got what they deserved. Didn't they wanted some awesome screaming from Chester like those 'Hybrid Theory' days? Well they got what they wanted. The way Chester delivers the hook was so intense, it sends chills down your spines and it is one experience that is different from the rest of the records you've heard before. I have to be honest, I was shocked when Mike rapped the verses, and Chester was singing, or rather, screaming the hook because it is something you don't see much on their previous albums. Compared to BURN IT DOWN, I must say this lacked a bit of effect or instrumentals building up to it. And as I said, this is not the finest song by Linkin Park, and I can tell you that you won't expect less when Living Things comes out in 3 weeks or less. Though for credit, Mike and Chester shines as always. Remember to buy the album when it comes out!
ORIGINALITY: 7/10 - With much respect, it definitely sounds a bit different from Hybrid Theory and fans will not be pleased, but I might object. I am a fan of them for quite a long time, and the ratings are not on personal preference. Linkin Park have shown that they always set themselves apart from other artists in what they do. Due to that, they've instantly protrayed themselves as a much-changing and ever-evolving group. Kudos to that.
SOUND: 6/10 - Though, I got to be honest with you guys, I'm not a fan of Chester singing. BUT, the intensity of the record is there and this is like those high-powered songs which packs a whole lot of punch, and one song to make you feel like a beast. My biggest complain was probably because the song was too short (2 and a half-minutes). I was hoping Chester or Mike could sing or rap more respectively.
LYRICS: 9/10 - This is probably where I feel the song is totally, really, very great. It shines in this category. The way which Mike delivers those hefty punchlines really make you feel like as if you're the one saying or rapping them. The same type of intensity is also great on this part and I have to say that the hook, which sounds as if Chester is probably gonna' kill someone anytime, was worth it. The lyrics executed so perfectly just like on BURN IT DOWN. They basically just represent hatred and anger to that someone they hate or despise.
OVERALL: 22/30 - Overall, this song is a good one if you give it a few more spins on it.
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