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    Default Linkin Park - Recharged

    enters the Billboard chart this week at #10

    allmusic - gives it 1.8 of 3.0
    Spotify online listen
    just the thought of it sits wrong
    reworking their own music to gain some dance fans
    a remix of their 2012 album Living Things
    their album sales have been in decline mode
    so, time to try something different
    not for me

    Bio - from allmusic

    Although rooted in alternative metal, Linkin Park became one of the most successful acts of the 2000s by welcoming elements of hip-hop, modern
    rock, and atmospheric electronica into their music. The band's rise was indebted to the aggressive rap-rock movement made popular by the likes
    of Korn and Limp Bizkit, a movement that paired grunge's alienation with a bold, buzzing soundtrack. Linkin Park added a unique spin to that
    formula, however, focusing as much on the vocal interplay between singer Chester Bennington and rapper Mike Shinoda as the band's muscled
    instrumentation, which layered DJ effects atop heavy, processed guitars. While the group's sales never eclipsed those of its tremendously
    successful debut, Hybrid Theory, few alt-metal bands rivaled Linkin Park during the band's heyday.

    Drummer Rob Bourdon, guitarist Brad Delson, and MC/vocalist Mike Shinoda attended high school in Southern California, where they formed the
    rap-rock band Xero in 1996. Bassist Dave "Phoenix" Farrell, singer Mark Wakefield, and DJ/art student Joseph Hahn joined soon after, and the
    band courted various labels while playing hometown shows in Los Angeles. Few companies expressed interest in Xero's self-titled demo tape,
    however, prompting Wakefield to leave the lineup (he would later resurface as the manager for Taproot). Hybrid Theory became the band's
    temporary moniker in 1998 as replacement singer Chester Bennington climbed aboard, and the revised band soon settled on a final name: Linkin
    Park, a misspelled reference to Lincoln Park in Santa Monica. With Bennington and Shinoda sharing vocal duties, the musicians now wielded enough
    power to distinguish themselves from the wave of nu-metal outfits that had appeared during the decade's latter half. Warner Bros. vice president
    Jeff Blue took note and signed Linkin Park in 1999, sending the band into the studio with Don Gilmore shortly thereafter.

    Linkin Park titled their debut album Hybrid Theory, a tribute to the band's past, and released the record during the fall of 2000. "Crawling"
    and "In the End" were massive radio hits; the latter song even topped the U.S. Modern Rock chart while peaking at number two on the Billboard
    Hot 100, an example of the band's crossover appeal. Linkin Park joined the Family Values Tour and also played shows with Cypress Hill, leading
    the group to log over 320 shows in 2001 alone. Come January 2002, Hybrid Theory had received three Grammy nominations and sold over seven
    million copies. (Sales later topped ten million, earning the album "diamond status" and making Hybrid Theory one of the most successful debuts
    ever.) Despite their meteoric rise, however, Linkin Park spent the remainder of the year holed up in the recording studio, again working with
    producer Don Gilmore on a follow-up album. Meanwhile, the timely summer release of Reanimation helped appease the band's eager audience,
    offering remixed versions of Hybrid Theory's tracks.

    A proper sophomore effort, Meteora, arrived in March 2003, featuring a heavier sound and stronger elements of rap-rock. Although the record
    spawned several modern rock hits, songs such as "Numb," "Somewhere I Belong," and "Breaking the Habit" furthered the band's crossover appeal by
    simultaneously charting on the Hot 100. Linkin Park once again supported the album with ample touring, including performances with the second
    annual Projekt Revolution Tour (the band's own traveling festival, which originally launched in 2002) and additional shows with the likes of
    Metallica and Limp Bizkit. Live in Texas was released to document the band's strength as a touring act, and the bandmates tackled various
    personal projects before beginning work on a second remix project.

    Released in 2004, Collision Course found the band collaborating with king-of-the-mountain rapper Jay-Z, resulting in a number of mashups that
    sampled from both artists' catalogs. Collision Course topped the charts upon its release, the first EP to do so since Alice in Chains' Jar of
    Flies, and Jay-Z furthered his association with the band by asking co-founder Mike Shinoda to explore the possibility of a solo hip-hop project.
    He did, dubbing the project Fort Minor and releasing The Rising Tied in 2005 with Jay-Z as executive producer. Linkin Park then reconvened in
    2006 to begin work on a third studio album, which saw Shinoda sharing production credits with Rick Rubin. The resulting Minutes to Midnight
    arrived in 2007, debuting at number one in several countries and spawning the Top Ten single "What I've Done." In 2010 the band teamed up with
    Rubin again to produce its fourth studio album, A Thousand Suns. The following year, Chester Bennington stated the band's desire to focus more
    on putting out new material rather than maintaining an exhaustive touring schedule, with the band having a goal of releasing a new album every
    18 months. Linkin Park made good on that promise in 2012 with their Rick Rubin-produced fifth album, Living Things. Upon its June release, the
    album debuted at the top of the Billboard charts, selling over 223,000 copies in its first week; it would soon be certified gold.

    As Linkin Park began work on its sixth studio album in the spring of 2013, Bennington announced that he was replacing Scott Weiland as the lead
    vocalist of Stone Temple Pilots; he was not leaving Linkin Park, but rather, planned to be in both groups simultaneously. Bennington underscored
    his commitment to both bands in October of 2013 by releasing his debut EP with STP, High Rise, and with Linkin Park, which released the remix
    album Recharged that same month.

    Album Review - from allmusic

    Like the first Linkin Park remix album -- Reanimation, which arrived over a decade prior -- Recharged offers reworked versions of an entire LP,
    this time 2012's Living Things. Ten years is a long time and in 2013, it is perfectly acceptable for a hard rock band to give themselves over
    entirely to electronic dance music -- or, more accurately, EDM, and, in particular, its most visible variation, dubstep (in 2011, Korn did a
    whole new album of dubstep, in fact). There are a couple of big names here -- Pusha T shows up on "I'll Be Gone," Dirtyphonics remixes "Lies
    Greed Misery," Money Mark comes in for "Until It Breaks" -- but a lot of this is kept in-house, with Mike Shinoda doing a few remixes and LP
    producer Rick Rubin "rebooting" "A Light That Never Comes." EDM and Linkin Park isn't necessarily an awkward fit -- especially for Living
    Things, which often showcased their elastic, atmospheric side -- but it's also true that this is the kind of album that appeals primarily to
    hardcore fans looking for a new spin on the familiar; in other words, this is unlikely to convert EDM listeners to the pleasures of Linkin Park.

    a sample:

    Track Listing

    1. A Light That Never Comes
    2. Castle of Glass
    3. Lost in the Echo
    4. Victimized
    5. I'll Be Gone
    6. Lies Greed Misery
    7. Roads Untraveled
    8. Powerless
    9. Burn It Down
    10. Until It Breaks
    11. Skin to Bone
    12. I'll Be Gone
    13. Until It Breaks
    14. A Light That Never Comes
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    i love these guys but i wouldnt buy it...

    gave your clip a listen,i dont like it, theyve either run out of ideas and have contractual obligations to fulfill, or as you stated,or trying somehting different to boost declining sales...
    its probably actually a bit of both IMO...

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    Not a fan at all...however saw a DVD of a live concert and it was fantastic,,,very talented band that can do a lot of different styles!
    Quote Originally Posted by CRAZY-HORSE View Post
    i love these guys but i wouldnt buy it...

    gave your clip a listen,i dont like it, theyve either run out of ideas and have contractual obligations to fulfill, or as you stated,or trying somehting different to boost declining sales...
    its probably actually a bit of both IMO...


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    I am a huge lp fan, and I love most all of there songs. This song I don't like because it is drastically different from most of there works and I just don't feel... impressed after listening to this.

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