The wait is finally over for Linkin Park’s latest album “Living Things,” for it is almost two years since they launched their last studio recording (A Thousand Suns). They say, for a band to come up with a next album, is close to impossible because they can no longer compose better music, but Linkin Park proved this wrong. Their creative juices are still over-flowing even if it was years ago when they formed their group. Sixteen years is more than enough for them to mature and evolve to perfection. We see their continuous progression from their debut album, Hybrid Theory, which was the national anthem of the 20th century.

Linkin Park Living Things 2012 Album

Its first single, “Burn It Down,” debuted last April 16 and easily reached number 30 on the US Billboard Hot 100, selling 115,000 downloads in its first week. Now, it’s official music video in YouTube already reached 7,141,659 hits and with 111,543 likes. I personally do not know what is wrong with those who clicked on the dislike button. But anyway, they really burned down their initial record sale. They just committed a crime in the music industry, which I would like to call “music arson” — need I explain?

“Lost in the Echo,” is like Manny Pacquiao’s theme with a strong message “I can’t fall back, I came too far, Hold myself up and love my scars, Let the bells ring wherever they are.” I think all fighters will agree with this song. Face your opponent head on and without fear. Listening to the song, In my Remains, reminded me of all the different struggles that mankind encountered using the words “Separate, sifting through the wreckage, I can’t concentrate, searching for a message in that fear and pain, broken down and waiting for a chance to feel alive”. This conveys the message of a man’s search for hope.

In the song “Lies Greed Misery”, these are words that you may say to the worst people on earth — “I want to see you choke on your lies, Swallow up your greed, suffer all alone in your misery” (as if Master Yoda is cursing a Sith). For me, “I’ll be gone,” conveys the message of a dying man to his loved ones — “When the lights go out and we open our eyes, Out there in the silence, I’ll be gone.” This song really hits the spot and it introduces the main theme of the album “Living Things”, which is in the end, there is the inevitable stage of death.

“Castle of Glass” is what really caught my attention. It had a hypnotizing rhythm. This is a good choice for musical scoring or background for a Need-for-Speed video game or a Fast and Furious movie. To all race car enthusiasts and or even to those who are stuck in a traffic, this song can really give you that positive boost.

Roads Untraveled is not another song for travel, but rather a love song. It has words that hit like “Give up your heart left broken, and let that mistake pass on.” Skin to Bone, Until It Breaks, and Tin Foil are also good songs, but what I like most is their song Powerless, which was used in the latest movie Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter.

The album was composed of 12 powerful songs with an estimated total playing time of almost 37 minutes. This Linkin Park album is enough to give you that daily boost! Linkin Park is composed of Rob Bourdon, Brad Delson, Dave “Phoenix” Farrell, Joe Hahn, Mike Shinoda and Chester Bennington. Thank you guys for sharing your music with us, fellow living things.

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