Living Things Linkin Park's fifth album opens with "Lost in the Echo," a torrent of hate-your-parents guitars and suburban-ennui boom-bap that could have come from the group's… Living Things Linkin Park's fifth album opens with "Lost in the Echo," a torrent of hate-your-parents guitars and suburban-ennui boom-bap that could have come from the group's… 2012-06-26 Linkin Park Rock Warner Bros.
Music Review

Living Things (2012)

HANGING BY The band, who still writes teen anthems, has grown little over a decade since releasing its debut album
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HANGING BY The band, who still writes teen anthems, has grown little over a decade since releasing its debut album
EW's GRADE
B

Details Release Date: Jun 26, 2012; Lead Performance: Linkin Park; Genre: Rock; Production: Warner Bros.

Linkin Park's fifth album opens with ''Lost in the Echo,'' a torrent of hate-your-parents guitars and suburban-ennui boom-bap that could have come from the group's 2000 debut. Living Things doesn't totally retreat from 2010's art-aggro detour A Thousand Suns; bits of noise-pop schizophrenia surface on late-arriving shape-shifters ''Skin to Bone'' and ''Until It Breaks.'' But what remains is a barrage of cyber-metal elbow jabs, with just enough fluffy new-wave padding to soften the onslaught. B

Best Tracks:
Skin to Bone
Roads Untraveled
Originally posted Jun 20, 2012 Published in issue #1213 Jun 29, 2012 Order article reprints
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