Linkin Park have been turning out rock albums for the best part of two decades combining rock, rap and electronica with thought provoking lyrics.
Their output has tended to lean on heavy rock and teenage angst and when vocalist Chester Bennington cracks into a vocal you usually know that a new rich inventive rock riff isn’t very far behind.
One More Light reinvents the wheel, as Linkin Park ditch the angst to become more pop friendly. The thing is, it works.
Lyrically the band are as strong as ever, their collaboration, Good Goodbye, with Pusha T and Stormzy is still traditional Linkin Park storytelling while Talking To Myself and Sorry For Now maintain the bands knack of creating anthemic songs.
The closing track Sharp Edges even gives Ed Sheeran a run for his money, perhaps paving the way for an unplugged album – the times indeed are a changing!
Since this review was published in South Wales Argus dated Friday July 14 2017, it was announced on July 20 that Linkin Park lead singer Chester Bennington had died. No doubt, this will affect many music fans around the world who love his music. I’ve left my review, which I had intended to upload this weekend untouched and in tribute to Chester Bennington.. Andy Howells, July 20, 2017