I keep seeing all these threads by angry people who hate the new album.
I just want to put a positive point of view out there, and I ask that
you do not discuss your hate of the album here, there are plenty of
threads for that. I'd just really like to hear other people's good
opinions for a change, if people can be respectful enough to let that
happen it would be greatly appreciated. :)
When I first heard The Catalyst, I was extremely disappointed, it was
nothing like what I had expected and I just really didn't like a lot of
parts of it. It felt confused to me, but I kept listening and after a
while, realised I just couldn't stop.
I hung around in this community, despite a lot of drama and negativity,
refused to illegally download the leaked album people kept trying to
throw around, and waited for my pre-order to arrive.
I sat at my computer all day on the 14th waiting for the email so I
could listen to the album, and when I finally started listening, I had
no idea what I thought of it, but I didn't hate it.
Once again, I just kept playing it on repeat and eventually realised that it was incredible.
I understand why people would want Linkin Park to stay within one genre
and not change their music in any way, but I think there's something so
much bigger than that going on here that's being discredited.
Looking back on LP, even in the pre-HT days, the music they have created
has always been about fusion, making something that's not supposed to
work, work. They have always been one thing above all of that as well:
Huge. There's an undeniable quality to every song LP has ever made, and
'huge' is the only way I can describe it.
I think in this way, despite the fact that they have changed the
direction within their genre drastically, and switched genres once or
twice over the years, they have essentially kept their style.
The new album has the same things in it for me that I loved about Hybrid
Theory, and Meteora, and again with Minutes to Midnight.
I have always sought out bands that meld styles in a unique way and make
it work, and I'm a big fan of Mike Patton.If anyone here has listened
to Mr Bungle they know that no one combines more crazy noises and sounds
effectively than Mike Patton. That has obviously benefited me, in
giving me an open mind and willingness to take something in before I
make a decision on whether I like it or not, which some people seem to
be unwilling to do.
Linkin Park's ability to fuse styles and genres effectively and in a way
that is unique and edgy still exists. A lot of people are saying "it's
not Linkin Park", but I've listened to the album more than 20 times now
and I can hear so much of their past in this album. The singing use of
phrase and tone, and certain sound different in some songs until you
hear it a million times, and the voice or instrument stands out clearly
and you can tell it is the same as it has always been, its just being
used it a different way with different settings.
I don't care what anyone says about Mike or the band, they all worked
together, and very hard, on this album and the result shows a maturity
and a level of bravery I did not expect to get from them on any album.
This is a work of art that has been formed by years of experience,
growth and life changes, and it shows through so clearly when you listen
to the album.
The apocalyptic theme is so similar to the themes of war from the past
albums, yet it is explored with a ray of hope and understanding that is
new and exciting. Age and experience has not made Linkin Park soft, or a
disappointment, it has made them wiser and more courageous, and inspire
me every single day.
I thouroughly love A Thousand Suns and completely support Linkin Park,
and I think this is not the end, this is not the beginning.