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Linkin Park – One More Light

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.

Paramore – After Laughter

Paramore has taken a turn, and after bursting onto the scene with their first two albums, and their highest charted alt song of Misery Business, they leveled off into comfortable ground on their next two albums, producing great music across the sounds from The Only Exception to Ain’t It Fun.
But now comes their latest album, After Laughter, with sounds of the 80s mixed throughout.

On my first listen-throughs, I enjoyed the early single of Hard Times, but it was the album’s third and fourth songs that pulled me in.
Told You So is a catchy tune (video below) and Forgiveness may be the one that got me hooked and starting to feel the changed tunes of Paramore.

And you, you want forgiveness
(I can barely hang on to myself)
But I, I can’t give you that
And you, you want forgiveness
(I’m afraid that I’ll have nothing left)
But I, I just can’t do it yet

I still go back and listen Brick by Boring Brick and That’s What You Get, but I don’t know just yet that any of these songs will crack my “Paramore” playlist.
(Yeah, I have playlists with top songs from most of my artists…that sounds like an idea for another string of posts…)

I wish they had crushcrushcrush’d it with this album, but it’s still a solid 7.5 out of 10.

Getting My @Paramore Fix

Recently I’ve been listening to a lot of Paramore, and I don’t think it’s possible to get too much of them.

From their early stuff (such as the ever popular Misery Business) to their Grammy-winning Ain’t It Fun they constantly put on a great show.

One of the videos I’ll throw on in the background is their iTunes Festival show from 2013 which is always a great way to spend an hour+!

Last Hope

I don’t even know myself at all
I thought I would be happy by now
The more I try to push it
I realize – gotta let go of controlGotta let it happen
Gotta let it happen
Gotta let it happen
So let it happen

It’s just a spark
But it’s enough to keep me going
And when it’s dark out, no one’s around
It keeps glowing

Every night I try my best to dream
Tomorrow makes it better
Then I wake up to the cold reality
And not a thing is changed

But it will happen
Gotta let it happen
Gotta let it happen
Gotta let it happen

It’s just a spark
But it’s enough to keep me going
And when it’s dark out, no one’s around
It keeps glowing

It’s just a spark
But it’s enough to keep me going
And when it’s dark out, no one’s around
It keeps glowing

And the salt in my wounds isn’t burning anymore than it used to
It’s not that I don’t feel the pain, it’s just I’m not afraid of hurting anymore
And the blood in these veins isn’t pumping any less than it ever has
And that’s the hope I have, the only thing I know that’s keeping me alive

Alive

Gotta let it happen
Gotta let it happen
Gotta let it happen
Gotta let it happen

Gotta let it happen
Gotta let it happen
Gotta let it happen
Gotta let it happen

It’s just a spark
But it’s enough to keep me going
(So if I let go of control now, I can be strong)
And when it’s dark out, no one’s around
It keeps glowing

It’s just a spark
But it’s enough to keep me going
(So if I keep my eyes closed, with the blind hope)
And when it’s dark out, no one’s around
It keeps glowing

-Hayley Williams, Paramore