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This is not just another remix album. All the songs of Hybrid Theory have been reinterpreted, plus ’High Voltage’ and ’My December.’ Just a few of the remixers/featured artists (since the list is so long) include Jay Gordon (Orgy), Evidence (Dilated Peoples), Aaron Lewis (Staind), Chali 2Na (Jurassic 5) & Black Thought (the Roots). Digipak. 2002.Reanimation is the evil twin of Linkin Park’s 2000 debut, Hybrid Theory. While plotting their next studio album, the Southern California band enlisted some of aggro rock’s leading lights, as well as some of the more enlightened underground MCs and producers, to slice and dice all the songs on their debut (including a few bonus cuts that made it to their Japanese release). Linkin Park allowed their special guests–including Korn’s Jonathan Davis, Staind’s Aaron Lewis, Orgy’s Jay Gordon, the Roots’ Black Thought, and Jurassic 5’s Chali 2NA–to run riot through their songbook, tweaking melodies, writing new lyrics, and sometimes changing the entire intent of the originals. As a result, this collection of 20 songs is Mr. Hyde to Hybrid Theory’s Dr. Jekyll. Most of Linkin Park’s atmospheric and melodic moments have ended on the cutting-room floor–along with the self-consciousness that pervaded many of the songs–replaced with a brash impudence that’s more rap than rock. Chali 2NA entirely changes the landscape on ”Forgotten,” shape-shifting the song into an alien being dubbed ”Frgt/10,” which takes you to a dark, desolate place with only your own disturbed thoughts and some electronic bleeps for company. And that’s enough. This is a masterful art project that truly succeeds. –Jaan Uhelszki

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  • i rarely review albums unless i read something so stupid it bears responding to. this MPD 360 cat or whatever the hell his/her/its name is is a flaming retard. why? let me break it down really quick:

    a.) he cites Linkin Parks’ monotony…and then suggests Underoath as an alternative…Underoath is one of the most monotonous emo-rock bands ever…and every single member of the band looks like a clone of one guy who cuts himself, wears sweaters and doesn’t like to be able to see through his dirty blonde hair.

    b.) he complains that the songs don’t sound like the originals…what retard buys a remix album to hear the original versions?

    c.) he somehow manages to miss the fact that Linkin Park is heavily influenced by hip hop…and complains about there being MCs on this project…maybe he never heard the rapping on the original version, noticed the band has a DJ, or heard of them doing collaborations with Jay-Z on the Collision Course EP, and Dan The Automator on the Handsome Boy Modeling School albums…maybe he just doesn’t know. SOMEBODY ought to tell him, then.

    d.)he says Linkin Park uses simplistic chord structures and melodies and layers…whether they’re top 40 or not, Linkin Park has one of the most multilayered and densely mixed sounds I’ve ever heard in my life…and I get paid to review albums.

    The verdict? this guy is a retard.I think I’m a bit biased, I assumed as much as soon as I heard him pimping Underoath…how someone insults a band for lacking creativity then lists Underoath as a favorite, I have no idea. But that’s beside the point. Screw this kid, he has no idea what he’s talking about…probably because his sweater is too tight and the blood loss from the last time he cut himself is starting to make him dizzy. As for the record itself, it’s very well done. I think the mixing done for Collision Course was a little bit better, but that was done by one or two people, this is an entire rogue’s gallery of hip hop quotables and well known alternative musicians and singers. Personally, I could have done without Jonathan Davis on one of my favorite Linkin Park songs, though. I will say that, while I love how far the remixes deviate from the originals, you lose a lot of the feeling put into the originals and the emotion gets muddled by the mixing and cutting and pasting…but it’s a good album as far as remixes go. If you like this…check out the Jay-Z/Linkin Park Collision Course album, or the Handsome Boy Modeling School album “White People” there’s a song on there that features both Mike and Chester, as well as DJ Shadow and someone else, I forget who the other MC is at the moment. But check that out if you love good collaborations. And anyone else who has a thought process similar to this MPD 360 cat or whatever the eff his name is…some things are best left kept to yourself.

    Posted on January 19, 2010 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • Like most people, hearing that Linkin Park were releasing a remix version of the their debut album “Hybrid Theory” ,I didn’t expect it to be much different except for a few differnt beats thrown in here and there. I didn’t believe it could be possible for them to turn the greatest album ever, “Hybrid Theory”, into an even bigger success…..But they have. From the moment these 20 powerful masterpieces poured through my headphones it brought me to a world of Musical Excellence. Linkin Park have built this world with their creative intelligence, masterful lyrics, and controlling beats that grip you from the moment they sound. It’s the most amazing compliation I have ever heard. They are true Masters. The album opens with the powerful remix of ‘PTS.OF.ATHRTY’ which takes you deeper into the whole atmosphere of the song. ‘ENTH E ND’ is stripped of its hard metal sound but its the beat and the updated wording of the song that grips you.’FRGT/10′ is transfromed into a much deeper statement and is more dramatic. ‘P5HNG ME A*WY’ is a remix of the beats and vocals and is more enjoyable to listen to. ‘PLC.4 MIE HED’ is also just a updated version of the original but very entertaining. ‘X-ECUTIONER STYLE’ is a compliation of different beats remixed with Black Thought providing the vocals. ‘H!VLTG3′ has a jazzy type feel to it and although I prefer the original mix its still an interesting listen. ‘WTH>YOU’ is brillant, with a strong rock feel to it, its very powerful to listen to. ‘PPR:KUT’ updated with cool voals, beats and guitars, its excellent. ‘RNW@Y’ is stronger than the original and more meaningful. ‘MY<DSMBR' I also prefer the original version of this song but this remix of it isn't to be disgarded. ‘BY_MYSLF’ is gripping with its harsh guitar sound and the vocals are updated for the chorus. ‘KYUR4 TH ICH’ is just remixed with additional beats and sounds for effect. ‘1STP KLOSR’ is one of my favourites with Jonathan Davis contributing his own unique sound to this unique track. There is almost a two minute build up to the explosive main tune and is much stronger and deeper than the original. Brilliant. ‘KRWLNG’ this is another of my favourites and is also the finale to an awesome collection of tracks. Aaron Lewis provides vocals alongside Chester Bennington and the pair come together on a level of musical brillance in this masterpiece.Overall you can’t put down anything that Linkin Park put their intelligence to. They are the true Musical Masters and this album is a definite recommended buy.

    Posted on January 19, 2010 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • Hybrid Theory was, in the opinion of most, an excellent album, and was certainly a financially successful one, especially considering it was the first serious recording venture made by the California band. The songs were usually bitter, often sorrowful, but seldom really angry in the dark, Nine Inch Nails sense of the word. NIN and bands like it have demonstrated that you don’t have to be loud to be bitter and brooding, and Linkin Park has embraced this theory in Reanimation. By and large, the tracks on Reanimation are much quieter than their Hybrid Theory counterparts, but they are much darker. The effect complements the original album very well. The remixes themselves are very masterfully done, most notably ‘Enth E End’ (the almost jazzy new piano sample will catch your attention right away) and ‘Krwlng’ (Staind’s Aaron Lewis lends himself very well to the song). The remixes of ‘Place For My Head’ and ‘Pushing Me Away’–to which Korn’s Jon Davis lends his considerable talents–and the previously unreleased track ‘My December’ are also well done. However, if you didn’t care for Hybrid Theory, don’t expect to enjoy Reanimation. Listening to the CD, I found myself preferring and disliking the same songs that I had when I got Hybrid Theory. Overall, though, it’s certainly worth your money and an excellent CD to have, especially if it’s to complement Hybrid Theory. Just as a brief aside, if nothing else go to a store and look at the back of the CD. You can have a little fun trying to decipher the twisted takes on the names of the original songs. ‘Frg/10′ gave me fits until I figured it out.

    Posted on January 19, 2010 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • If you like Linkin Park’s original CD, “Hybrid Theory”, you’ll probably like their remix CD, “Reanimation”. Linkin Park brought in a slew of DJs and rappers to help them bring out a CD that would hold fans over until their second “true” CD comes out in about six months. Some remixes turned out really great, standouts include “By Myself”, “Place For My Head”, “Pushing Me Away” and, of course, their single, “Points Of Authority”, which came out with some harsh beats and more speed to them. However, the great dissappointments of the CD were their original singles. The remix of “In The End” sounds faster at best, nothing much has changed. Although they did change many of the lyrics of the song, the song sounds too similar to the original, with only real noticeable difference to the song being in the chorus, where the tune becomes more muddled and crowded. “Crawling” sounds similar as well, the beat is changed very little, sounding more like a rehash than a remix. A new, rapid fire verse is added, which is a nice addition, but not enough to make me like it as much as the original. “Papercut” was my biggest disappointment. Being my favorite song on the “Hybrid Theory” CD, I was excepted a great remix, if nothing else at least a good one. However, I was disappointed, as they just put out the exact same song, with the tiny change of making the song sound a little more electronic, not remixed at all. I could do the exact same thing with the original version of “Papercut”, all I’d have to do it put it on really poor speakers and turn up the static. “One Step Closer” is the only decent remix of their singles, which is a true remix, but instead of speeding it up, they slowed it down and put a lot more emphasis on the beat, so the vocalists are overshadowed by the beat. I find this to be one of the average remixes on the CD. With the “Cure For The Itch” remix, you’ll find more of the same, great DJing, but a variety of new samples have been added to his old ones. “With You” is also slowed down and lengthed, I would say the same thing about this one as the “One Step Closer” remix. Along with the “Hybrid Theory” remixes, you get remixes of a variety of remixes of songs from their first EP. “High Voltage” was a good song originally, but the has a much stronger beat as well as a featured rapper added to it. I have not listened to the songs of “My December” or “X-ecutioner’s Style” enough to get a good grasp of what I think of them, but what I’ve heard of them, they aren’t really stand-outs of the album, but aren’t disappointing either, don’t buy the album to hear these song though. Really, it’s a really good album, but don’t think of it as a follow-up to “Hybrid Theory”, it’s not that. What it is, though, is a little treat for those of us who like remixes and something to hold all of Linkin Park’s fans until they release their next CD.

    Posted on January 19, 2010 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • Linkin Park’s “Reanimation” is a remarkable CD. Many people I know said they wouldn’t buy it because they assumed it was just a collection of extended, watered-down versions of their originals. Untrue. Each song is completely unique from it’s parent, often times barely resembling it. With each song they took it to the next level, sometimes rerecording/rewriting the entire vocal or rap section to make it different from the original. “Pushing Me Away” comes to mind as a great example of this. So there’s the first thing – this is not just a pale reflection of “Hybrid Theory”; it’s completely fresh takes on the songs, including some previously unreleased cuts only available to LP fan club members.Although they used a dozen different producers throughout the CD it has an amazing continuity to it. The same melodic string and piano motifs appear throughout each recording, connecting it in a surreal way. There is only one production that seems out of place to me, and it’s on the worst possible song – “In The End.” This was their biggest hit from “Hybrid Theory” and fans were expecting more out of it than any other cut on the record (at least I was). They destroyed it. The producers gave the song a shuffle feel and laced it with the “yo-yo-yo” street thing, rather than the more rapcore attitudes that permeate the rest of “Reanimation.” Terrible.Fortunately, though, the rest of the CD shines. This may be the first record, with the exception of “Hybrid Theory,” that utilizes the newest technology for the good of music, not for the worse of it. Here’s a brief explanation. Music is done entirely on computers today. There is no more tape. Only hard drives. We can now work with music in a similar way that a writer works with a word processor – just cut and paste. The result has been the demise of music. We now have tools of unbelievable power, undreamt of only ten years ago, yet the quality of music has steadily gotten worse. Why? Because the tools are so powerful and simplified that unqualified musicians can now use them. Performances can always be “fixed later” so a good performance doesn’t really matter anymore. The vocals can be tuned, the drums can be put in time – not need to waste precious studio time on perfectionism. That’s if you’re lucky enough to be in a studio. Most of these systems are in the producer’s house, which brings us to the second reason for demise – location. We no longer need 84 channel consoles and racks upon racks of outboard gear. It’s all in the computer. Anyway, I’m going off a little too much. The point is, music quality is declining because enormous power is now in the hands of people who aren’t qualified to have it.Linkin Park, however, has used this power for good. They’ve managed to use it to produce new sounds we’ve never heard before and to overall improve the quality of their sounds. On “Reanimation” the editing is used as an instrument as much as anything else.Make sure to stick with every song because they often turn midway through into some new, amazing section. Track 7 comes to mind as a production with a less interesting first half that ends up providing the best moment on the album in the outro. If you liked “Hybrid Theory” I can’t imagine you wouldn’t love “Reanimation.”

    Posted on January 19, 2010 - Permalink - Buy Now