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No Description Available.Genre: Popular MusicMedia Format: Compact DiskRating: Release Date: 24-OCT-2000It may be too cynical to assume Hybrid Theory changed its name to Linkin Park in order to appear right next to Limp Bizkit in your local record bin. But rock-rap workouts like ”One Step Closer” and ”Papercut” do make Linkin Park a comfortable fit with Fred Durst and his ilk. Producer Don Gilmore (Pearl Jam, Lit, Eve 6) and twin vocal threats Chester Bennington and Mike Shinoda serve up industrial-strength rap and rock melodicism with equal aplomb on this woulda-been-self-titled debut effort. ”Points of Authority” aims to sound like Trent Reznor wanking it up with Lars and company, whereas guitarist Brad Delson’s Edge-y harmonics help ”In the End” and ”Pushing Me Away” evoke a dark romanticism akin to A Perfect Circle. Curiously, the band gets by with no bass player, while sample-happy DJ Joseph Hahn’s step into the spotlight on the instrumental ”Cure for the Itch” suggests a potential for eclecticism that could help Linkin Park outlive its seemingly transient genre. –Bill Forman

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  • If you’re pondering whether to get this or Chocolate Starfish, I suggest you check this out before you purchase that one. This is a better album, in my opinion, and they don’t use the “F” word nearly as many times as Fred Durst does (I don’t think any band uses the F word as many times). Actually, I don’t think I heard that word a single time on the whole disc. As far as the music goes, there’s a great balance between metal and hip-hop. That’s probably because Linkin Park has one thing Limp doesn’t: two singers. They didn’t let it get too much rap or too much metal, unlike Limp Bizkit, where it’s one way or the other. They’ve got an excellent DJ who shows his stuff off on the lone, but awesome, instrumental Cure For The Itch. One Step Closer is a great song, as is the opener Papercut. Other good ones are By Myself, Crawling, A Place For My Head, and With You. The one song I didn’t like is the current single, Points of Authority. I don’t think the lyrics were their best ones. This is one CD you’ll definately have to check out. I can’t wait for more.

    Posted on November 29, 2009 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • This is by far the best CD I’ve ever owned in my life, and probably will ever own until their second album comes out and its better. Linkin Park is not a certain genre – it is not rap, rock, hip hop, or metal. It is truly its own genre. I’ve decided this because I’ve never heard anything like them before.I don’t see how some people consider them so terrible, or “one step closer” to becoming a boy band. Honestly, do you really imagine Justin Timberlake screaming “Shut up when I’m talking to you” at the top of his lungs? I don’t think so… Before hearing this album, I was a total pop-crazed idiot. I owned almost all the Now CD’s, 2 Britney Spears CD’s, 2 ‘NSync CD’s, and pretty much all the other pop artists that I curse now. Linkin Park completely changed my music taste – their lyrics and melodies are beautiful, the screaming doesn’t go over the top, and amazingly – THERE ARE NO SWEAR WORDS. That is rare in this music world these days, since it seems like it’s painful for Limp Bizkit and DMX, among others, to not throw in an “F” word every two minutes. 1. Papercut 8/10 – This one really get your attention, a great opener. The lyrics are powerful and smart (my favourite line being “The sun goes down, I feel the light betray me” – I dare Fred Durst to sing something like that), and even the video is awesome. Mike’s rapping is excellent here.2. One Step Closer 8.5/10 – Shocking. If I could use one word to describe this song, that would be it, but not at all in a bad way. Over time it has become my second favourite track – at times I can really relate to the lyrics. I even enjoy Chester’s screaming at the end – haha, call me crazy.3. With You 6/10 – Honestly, not my favourite, though I still love it. The lyrics are wonderful and the chorus great, but I just can’t to seem to keep my attention on it. It’s still great, though.4. Points of Authority 10+/10 – By far my favourite track on the CD. It confuses me that it isn’t being played on the radio as much as “In the End” is, the lyrics are fabulous and the opening verse is completely original. Not to mention it’s also fun to sing along to… *grin*.5. Crawling 8.5/10 – This one grows on you. Some people may think “Oh, it’s genius” and I’m slowly realizing that it is, though not as genius as other songs. The lyrics are powerful, Chester’s voice is at his best, even the shock of jumping from soft singing to intense screaming adds flavour. The video is beautiful as well, the story is somewhat moving. This song deserves praise.6. Runaway 5.5/10 – I catagorize this one with “With You.” Great song, but not as grabbing. It’s actually a good song to hear if you’re new to the band, next to “In the End,” since it isn’t as shocking and the lyrics are great. 7. By Myself 8/10 – One of my favourites. It is similar to “Crawling,” with Chester singing softly during the verses, and then it jumps to the shock of his screaming during the chorus. I love the lyrics, and everything else.8. In the End 8/10 – I know, I know. Am I expected to write endless praise for this song? I admit, it’s great, but a little on the overrated side. Great lyrics, great singing from Chester, great rapping from Mike – simply great. It stands out. The piano is beautiful, as is the video. But for some reason it doesn’t rank highest on my favourite list… I’m not sure why yet.9. A Place For My Head 8/10 – Another one of my favourites. I love the lyrics and the singing, its fantastic… and again, I love when Chester does his screaming at the end: “You try to take the best of me, go away!”10. Forgotten 7/10 – Great, but not as great as others. I love it, but I wouldn’t call it a favourite. I love how it jumps right into the singing instead of having a instrumental intro, I thought that was cool.11. Cure For the Itch 7/10 – Great addition to the CD. Different, clever, and fun to listen to. Mr. Hahn is a great DJ, and I’m very pleased that they decided to put this track on the CD. It’s nice rest from all the powerful songs.12. Pushing Me Away 8/10 – Wonderful song! I’m a little disappointed that they put it on the end of the CD, because by the time I get to it I’m a little worn out. But it’s still excellent. Great lyrics, and beautiful music!I recommend this CD to everyone who wants a fabulous break from the songs that are nothing but screaming, swearing, and all the [stuff] that popular music these days are. Linkin Park is a truly great new addition to the music world. Their concerts rock, too *smile*!

    Posted on November 29, 2009 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • I heard “One Step Closer” on the radio after i bought this CD. I actually had never played it, but now I play it so much that the bottom is scratched all over! It still plays. Well anyway, the album is very very good for nu-metal fans. The songs are rated below: #1: Papercut: Intense start, emotional finish, rapped throughout. A great song, powerful intro. (9/10) #2: One Step Closer: The hardest song on the CD. Free of rapping. Very intense; the second best on the CD. (10/10) #3: With You: Very rythmatic, with a lot of beats and scratching in the background. Nice song. (8/10) #4: Points of Authority: No raps except the beginning and the 2:15 mark. Great work. (9/10) #5: Crawling: Awesome work, I think its about some mental patient. 3rd best. (10/10) #6: Runaway: Not very good for their standard, but still a good song; all about betrayal. Nice. (7/10) #7: By Myself: A sleepy rap, nice job, with what seems like a crash in the background (9/10) #8: In the End: DEFINITELY THE BEST!!! One of the best nu-metal songs ever. Rapped and rocked in various spots. (10/10) #9: A Place For My Head: Mostly rapped, very rapid fire style, about being used by people. (8/10) #10: Forgotten: A hard rap about tough times. (9/10) #11: Cure for the Itch: Record sampling all about rythyms and beats. No singing, just the DJ at work. (8/10) #12: Pushing Me Away: Lighter rock, only a little rapping.This is the 4th best. (10/10) This was an awesome CD that you just don’t want to stop playing. If you even remotely like to listen to rock or nu-metal, this is the Cd that will get you listening all the time. It is a great album and worth every last penny you pay for it!

    Posted on November 29, 2009 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • I am 27 years old. I grew up with metal like Black Sabbath, Napalm Death, Megadeth, (early)Metallica, TOOL, Judas Priest, and Iron Maiden. I avoided Linkin Park like the plague thinking that their all too friendly MTV image would not satisfy my most primal metal urges. I was wrong. It is indeed rare to find a debut album of such complexity and richness. Hybrid Theory plays as a complete album, there are no throw away tracks here. I wasn’t sure I liked Chester Bennington’s voice at first but after hearing “Crawling” a few times I came to realize that he’s got a great voice. He’s no Rob Halford or Bruce Dickinson but he’s up there amongst today’s vocalists (except for Serj from System of a Down). This cd is a true “hybrid” of metal and hip-hop influences. Linkin Park uses two vocalists, one singing and one rapping along with a dj and the results are spectacular. The best two tracks are A Place for My Head and Forgotten but all of the other tracks are way above average. So if you’ve shown slight interest into this band but have shyed away because of their link to commercial interests, I say take the plunge it’s well worth it. Hybrid Theory will be the first of many important releases from this band. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

    Posted on November 29, 2009 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • I was expecting an extremely angry experience with this album. And in many ways I got it, but the rap aspect of it really surprised me. With the trite-ness of Limp Bizkit, Korn, and a handful of other Metal-Rap bands, I wasn’t expecting much. (01) Papercut – With coool guitars to start this track out joined by the rapper (not clear on the names) who has a very decent flow to his music, this is a GOOD song. The rhymes are pretty good throughout as well. {5}(02) One Step Closer – You all know this song don’t you? I LOVE this song. It has a good guitar riff with a pretty decent set of lyrics. The first half of the song is somewhat stereotypical “Generation X Noise” but at the halfway point when he starts screaming “SHUTUP!” it’s very intense and easy to spaz out to. {4}(03) With You – The rapper starts out this song kinda slow, then it picks up with another good riff on the guitars, and the other singer still has a good scream throughout this song. I love the dub on their voices, too. {4}(04) Points Of Authority – The rapper starts out this song kinda dumb-ly with an awkward rhyme, but the loud singer has a good melodic part while screaming throughout as well. {3}(05) Crawling – The song starts with a loud explosion of guitars with the other singer yelling, and then it slows down so he can sing some soft, melodic verses, before the rapper jumps in with a quick line or two (he seems to have a back seat on this song), before the guitars explode again. The other singer screams, and then it slows down again for some truly beautiful singing. Impressive. {5}(06) Runaway – Another good melodic part by singer #2 and the rapper has a back seat on this song as well. The melody is carried through until the 2 minute mark, where he just starts yelling, with an explosively angry part. {5}(07) By Myself – The rapper takes the forefront on this track with some mediocre rapping, although it progressively gets better over the course of the track. The second singer really knows what he’s doing here. He holds the melody together through the mid-Loud parts and joins the noise of the guitars through the LOUD parts with a tortured scream. {4}(08) In The End – The second singer has a really great voice, he starts this track out with a quiet, melody, and gradually progresses a little bit louder (he never really screams in this song, and he still sounds awesome!), and he still has a great melody. The rapper has a really good flow in this song. The dub on the rappers voice is awesome too. One of my favorite tracks on the album. {5}(09) A Place For My Head – This song starts out with the rapper doing a great job! The chorus is kinda awkward. The rapper has SKILLZ! He compares with Eminem’s speed in this song. And then it gets loud with the second singer going crazy. Good song. {4}(10) Forgotten – Uh oh. Limp Bizkit flashback. Fortunately, the song gets somewhat better. The rapper does an overall good job in this song, despite sounding like Fred (retch!). It’s an ok song. {3}(11) Cure For The Itch – Hm. This song starts wierd, with a wierd sample, and some other wierd samples. The instrumental part is very, very cool though. (It reminds me a lil bit of Aphex Twin.) {4}(12) Pushing Me Away – The second singer has a good melodic part of this song. He really has a great voice. The lyrics are surprisingly well written as well. The rapper has a back seat on this one again, but when he is there, he does a pretty good job. {5}This is a great CD. If you like loud stuff, or if you like melodic stuff and can tolerate loud stuff, you should definitely get this CD. NOW.

    Posted on November 29, 2009 - Permalink - Buy Now