Linkin Park’s seventh album comes as artists try to reinvent themselves to stay relevant (see Paramore last Friday), and One More Light is a mix of pop songs trying to get on the radio.
While the sounds on some of them are really good, it’s kind of strange hearing Chester Bennington stray so far away from the screeching and voice that put Linkin Park on the map (think One Step Closer and Crawling), and it just doesn’t work for Linkin Park.
Heavy (feat. Kiiara) was the single dropped, and it set the tone for what was to be expected. Meanwhile, Good Goodbye has ‘Stormzy’ in it, singing about how he’s performing with Linkin Park and everyone else can just get lost…but doesn’t actually contribute anything to the song or album, yet ‘Pusha T’ may be the saving grace of the song with a strong rap game mixed with Mike Shinoda dropping what he’s best known for (back in Remember The Name and Fort Minor days).
So with all that said, I am torn…I like the album for what it is, a dip into the Pop World; but as a Linkin Park fan, I miss (and need back) the Metal days.
The songwriting from Bennington and Shinoda are top notch, which helped move it up from 6 to a 7 out of 10.