It’s safe to say that California’s Linkin Park have seen a rather aggressive campaign in the run up to the release of their seventh studio album, ‘One More Light’. The band have gone through a rather drastic change in sound, and vocalist Chester Bennington‘s message for fans of the previous material is “move the fuck on”, and that he’d “punch you in your fucking mouth” if you called the band sell-outs. Oh, and “You’re a fucking pussy”, too. Touchy. So, does he have the walk to back up all this talk?
Well, not really. Linkin Park are more than free to pursue any musical avenue they want, as is any other band. However, it’s the execution that really lets the band down on ‘One More Light’. They’ve already gone from nu-metal to politically motivated rock and plenty of stops in between over their double decade spanning career, yet here we get a bland, uninspired, and rather dull rehash of what’s already available in the charts.
One of the more intriguing tracks on the record is ‘Good Goodbye’, which features both rapper Pusha T and grime artist, Stormzy. The track obviously has a more urban feel than the rest of the album, with Mike Shinoda rapping on the first verse and before Pusha T and Stormzy take the next two respectively. Bennington, however, is only present on the chorus to provide the hook, meaning there’s no real majority of the song performed by the band’s two vocalists, and the absence of any instruments from the rest of the group leaves the song lacking a real Linkin Park vibe at all.
The album isn’t entirely bland, however; the band explore far softer genres like soothing love song of the title-track, ‘Invisible’ has the slight pop-rock twinge of a One Direction song, ‘Nobody Can Save Me’ and ‘Heavy’ are straight out of the charts, and ‘Sharp Edges’ gives an acoustic folk close to the record.
Whilst well rounded, ‘One More Light’ has no real instrumentation from the band, and with such a jump in sound, the band have lost a huge chunk of their personality and depth.
Written by Dec Sherry (@decxsherry)