Chosen by Ice
INTRO (from Wiki)
Hybrid Theory is the debut studio album by American rock band Linkin Park, released on October 24, 2000, through Warner Bros. Records. As of 2017, the album has been certified diamond by the RIAA for sales in the band’s home country of United States, with over eleven million units, peaking at number two on the US Billboard 200, and it also has reached high positions on other charts worldwide, with 30 million copies sold, making it the best-selling debut album since Guns N’ Roses’ Appetite for Destruction (1987) and the best-selling rock album of the 21st century.
Recorded at NRG Recordings in North Hollywood, California, and produced by Don Gilmore, the album’s lyrical themes deal with problems lead vocalist Chester Bennington experienced during his adolescence, including drug abuse and the constant fighting and divorce of his parents. Hybrid Theory takes its title from the previous name of the band as well as the concept of music theory and combining different styles.
Four singles were released from the album: “One Step Closer”, “Crawling”, “Papercut”, and “In the End”, all of them being responsible for launching Linkin Park into mainstream popularity. While “In the End” was the most successful of the four, all of the singles in the album remain some of the band’s most successful songs to date. Although “Runaway”, “Points of Authority”, and “My December” from the special edition bonus disc album were not released as singles, they were minor hits on alternative rock radio stations thanks to the success of all of the band’s singles and the album. At the 2002 Grammy Awards, Hybrid Theory was nominated for Best Rock Album. The album is listed in the book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die. It was ranked number 11 on Billboard’s 200 Albums of the Decade. A special edition of Hybrid Theory was released March 11, 2002, a year and a half after its original pressing. Linkin Park performed the album in its entirety at the Download Festival on June 14, 2014 and on August 12, 2014 it was released as a live CD titled Hybrid Theory: Live at Download Festival 2014.
Spud – “Honestly wasn’t looking forward to this album because I couldn’t relate to it back then so highly unlikely to now. But, I liked the opening song, Papercut. One Step Closer wasn’t bad but it went a bit Rage Against the Machine towards the end!
Skipping on to the next decent song would be Crawling – great little tune for the intro and throughout, and his voice is good when he just sings. It’s weird because Runaway isn’t that dissimilar but I didn’t like it. Maybe a bit more shouty and I think there’s just only so much of that I can tolerate in back-to-back songs.
Skipping ahead again to In the End, the biggest single from the album. The keyboard intro is quality and the vocal from Bennington is the best on the album.
Total opposite to A Place for My Head, my least favourite song. Forgotten reminded me of Limp Bizkit – Rollin’, which isn’t exactly a good thing.
Cure for the Itch is probably my favourite track, mainly because there’s no angsty teenage lyrics. It’s a really welcome break from the rest of the songs, and would be more at home on a Lemon Jelly album.
I’m surprised how well this album sold, given there’s so much filler in my opinion. I guess it was something different and it came at exactly the right time at the turn of the century as music file sharing was about to take off. I can imagine that their music/lyrics really helped a lot of young people but ultimately it couldn’t save the main man behind it.”
Mick – “Well these guys were always a band I never minded but never felt the need to investigate so this was my first time listening to an album of theirs and at that most of the singles I knew were on this too.
Papercut is a tasty opener. I enjoyed it and found it quite a sing along tune, bit of power walking on the way to work.
One Step Closer was one of the ones I knew and I like elements if it but gets a little shouty for me in places. With You is a bit of a nothing song but kinda showcases little elements of why I don’t mind them, they throw little curve balls in every now and again like at 2:20min which is nice.
I liked Crawling too – it’s a pretty deep song and having listened to it loads before never really paid attention to that. In the End is a cool tune I have to say, really good sing along tune, but it’s kinda the part of the album where I started to skim songs. As I say they all have elements, like the start of A Place for My Head, the opening guitar intro is brilliant but then just becomes a little generic album song. It’s their sound which is definitely their own and very recognisable but started to feel a little monotonous if I’m honest.
Spud, you’re spot on with Cure for the Itch – I went straight to In The Bath by Lemon Jelly which for me is never a bad thing. They seem to manage the different styles of songs; guitar/vocal/heavy/electro and this is the best option of use of electro for me. I think sometimes they needed to boot their electro friend who had to be in the band cause his Mam said, I feel it just adds a little too much noise to songs
I did like My December purely cause I would rather have heard him sing like this cause he has a lovely voice. It seemed to calm down a bit towards the end of the album so I enjoyed the 2nd half much more to be honest.
I don’t mind this album but it pushes the boundary for me of the shouty E.P. music (nu metal) at times but without the exceptional musical playing. Chester’s voice has a soothing factor at times in the songs which helps me along a little but I think they need to pick something to stick to, a little too much going on at times. I actually really enjoyed listening to it to be fair but can’t see myself going back too often, I’m too soft and would rather an acoustic guitar and see the sky as blue not grey all the time. Cheers Ice, would never have listened to that otherwise.”
Molly – “I have this CD! At the time I liked it. They were one of the better of the nu metal bands (Papa Roach, Limp Bizkit). The lad Chester has a great voice. When he belts out a song he could certainly sing but I feel the softer sections don’t suit him. One Step Closer and In the End are the two best songs on the album – you can see why they are on MTV every day. Overall a solid album that set the nu metal scene and made people realise instruments were cool again. Great shout for the week!”
Sol – “I knew this album was coming from you at some stage and I was actually looking forward to it as it gave me the reason to properly listen to the whole album. I always loved Crawling and In the End but knew absolutely none of their other songs. At the time I wouldn’t have been the biggest fan of what I call rap metal but now I appreciate it more.
Great opener with Papercut, love the guitar intro and the drums throughout are great.
One Step Closer really got my heavy metal head banging imaginary long hair going.
The lyrics of With You are good but I found this one a bit shouty.
I’ve always like Crawling, enjoy the soft keyboard verses in contrast to the heavy chorus, really shows how vocally he can just switch it effortlessly.
Runaway and By Myself were skippers for me, the latter a little too heavy and annoying for me, similar to an annoying alarm clock going off in the morning when ya forgot to turn it off on a Saturday morning!
Was glad In the End arrived to bring me back, love this song, such a catchy song and his vocals are great and the lyrics are brilliant when you actually listen to them. The lead guitar and drums for the chorus are amazing, so fucking angry!
I enjoyed A Place for My Head except for the very end when the shouting happened.
I found Pushing Me Away very similar to In the End, very similar arrangement.
I actually really like My December, so different from anything else on the album, very simple beat throughout that really worked, this could pass as a boyband song.
I liked High Voltage, sorta reminded me of something from Eminem.
Altogether I liked this album without loving it and did enjoy getting to know it. I’m definitely taking away a few songs that I didn’t know before that I like but I wouldn’t be jumping back to listen to the whole album.
Cheers for this one Ice, finally got to listen to these guys some more. I’m opened up more to this genre now.”
E.P. – “Right up my street this album. Hear bits of Limp Bizkit and NIN in some of the songs. It’s a very strong album. Agree with Mick, album goes a bit softer on the second part… which is why I rather the first half. Although, I agree with both Mick and Spud, I also liked Cure for the Itch. While I don’t mind the rap aspect, for me it’s all about Bennington’s voice, very emotional on every track. I like loads of the songs so won’t list them. Crawling is amazing and In the End too.”
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SONGS ADDED TO THE MUSIC NIGHTS SPOTIFY PLAYLIST:
- In the End
- Cure for the Itch
If I Should Fall from Grace with God by The Pogues
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