Aerrow Shapiro’s Record Club – December 2012 – Living Things by Linkin Park (2012)

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Formed in Los Angeles, California, rap-rock hybrid band Linkin Park currently consists of Chester Bennington (vocals, guitar, percussion), Mike Shinoda (vocals, rhythm guitar, keyboard, piano), Joe Hahn (turntables, keyboard, samples), Dave “Phoenix” Farrell (bass guitar), Brad Delson (lead guitar, keyboard), and Rob Bourdon (drums, percussion).  Throughout the course of their career, they have released several albums, from their 2000 release of Hybrid Theory, to their most recent effort in 2012 called Living Things.

Linkin Park's new album Living Things

Linkin Park’s new album Living Things

The album’s lead single “Burn It Down” makes the album feel similar to the band’s first two albums Hybrid Theory and Meteora (the latter being released in 2003), with its use of electronic-driven rock.  Blending synthesizers and keyboards with electronic drum sounds while Chester sings out the verses and choruses and Mike raps in the bridge and during the song’s closing moments, it seems to be a fitting choice for the lead single; the song compliments most of the album (if not entirely).

In addition to that, there are some songs that definitely fit as the highlights of Living Things.  The opening track “Lost In the Echo”, in addition to the aforementioned lead single, also represents the album’s sound and the band’s return to form with a tinge of maturity.  Continuing with the sound of the album, Mike raps in the verses and bridge as Chester sings in the chorus over the electronic textures.  The second track “In My Remains” emphasizes the use of guitars (most notably in the choruses) with shades of keyboards and piano, as well as singing throughout the entire song.  “I’ll Be Gone” also has a similar flavor, utilizing lead, rhythm, and bass guitars which blend in with its synthesized sounds and vocals.

In conclusion, this album is worth checking out.  If the aforementioned songs are satisfying enough upon listening to them, I recommend the entire album, thus making this as my album pick for December 2012.  That about wraps up my article for Aerrow Shapiro’s Record Club.  Tune in next time at around the first week of next month for another album pick.

Aerrow Shapiro is a DJ who hosts a weekly hour-long alt/indie show called Aerrow Shapiro’s Hour of Power, which (as of the date of publication) currently airs every Tuesday at 5 PM PT on  For more information you can check out the show on Facebook ( and on Twitter (@hourofpowerkssu).

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