The Apathy Pit
Like, not just regular liking, like I like the odd song I might hear on Scuzz, but I genuinely, really liked it. Borderline loved. Another cause for my pessimism had been the fairly boring album, Kids In The Street from the All-American Rejects, which I have previously reviewed, stored away somewhere on this blog. So with the main figurehead in the Big 5 having so painfully disappointed me, I was left feeling empty and hopeless for this album. But as IN MY REMAINS rolled in, I realised just how misplaced those fears were, because Linkin Park were good again.
I'll say it now: I barely know anything about music. I know what sounds I like, and I can name genres, but I can't say why something's so good. But I can still assure you that, at least as far as I'm concerned, LIVING THINGS is good. I'm always a little hesitant at criticising A Thousand Suns, because it's fair to say that at least they gave it ago. Branching out and trying new styles isn't something that shouldn't be discouraged, because I'm just one person and I've no doubt a few of you out there reading this will be planning a short comment over why my opinion on that album is misguided. It probably is. But now I tolerate it, and am quite happy the attempt was made, because the influence of what Linkin Park learnt during that period is clear in LIVING THINGS. It's quite easy to pick out the influences each individual album had on this one, and it definitely wouldn't be the same if A Thousand Suns had never happened. When I say they're good again, by the way, I don't mean they've returned to the style of Hybrid Theory and Meteora. They quite definitely haven't. Obviously, as I said, the influence is there. But it's not entirely dominating. LIVING THINGS is something wholly new and independent, and it completely works.
As for the songs themselves, while almost all of them are brilliant, there are some particular stand outs. CASTLE OF GLASS was the first one I truly fell in love with, although it was later knocked from its throne by SKIN TO BONE. POWERLESS is coming a close third, and whilst I love VICTIMIZED, I just get the idea it's a little too short. I'm aware it was made that way intentionally, but I can't help but feel like I'm missing out.
Actually, quick update, I was about to criticise it for its general shortness, rolling in at 38 minutes in length, but I then compared it to Hybrid Theory and Meteora, which were the same length and shorter, respectively. So I guess it wouldn't be that valid. £8.99 still feels a little pricey for 12 songs. And yes, I am complaining over that extra £1 increase. I'm meant to be trying to reduce my expenses.
So basically, my hope has been reignited for nostalgic bands of the past. All-American Rejects may have doused that flame, but now it's back in its former glory, just in time for My Chemical Romance to announce they've started recording their next album. Daughtry's also up to something on their fourth release, Dead By April have been putting stuff in the works and Thomas Bergersen's got something coming out any week now. So all in all, the future's looking pretty optimistic on the music front. Yay.
Now, after looking at some of those Bad RPG player meme pictures, I'm just gonna back away and pretend a couple of those don't apply to me.
UPDATE: I'm in! Thank goodness my sister was in the area.
I didn't even get any snacks in the end. ;_;
False life of the automaton
Complaining about video games.
(Do people still do these...?)
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