Linkin Park frontman Mike Shinoda retweeted this link to Rick Florino’s review of “Burn It Down”.
The first spark from the group’s forthcoming fifth album, Living Things [Due out June 26], is one of the most incendiary tracks of 2012. The song is classic Linkin Park, yet there’s a new fire. An organ swell mounts in tandem with Joe Hahn’s psychedelic keyboard sounds just as drums start to slowly kick in. Brad Delson’s riffing weaves in and out of the electronics masterfully as a bass line from Dave “Phoenix” Farrell pulsates underneath. Bennington sounds pristine on the verse following Rob Bourdon’s beat with a danceable swagger. “Burn It Down” certainly has its heavy moments but there’s a tight rhythm that’s like 22nd century funk. After another unforgettable hook from Bennington, Mike Shinoda blasts through a vigorous lyrical jab claiming, “I played soldier, you played king.” Shinoda brandishes the finesse of a prizefighter when he’s behind the mic and his punch is even more potent than ever.
I downloaded “Burn It Down” before bed last night and I’ve been playing it virtually non-stop ever since.
On a related note, I’m really glad to see the band recruit Rick Rubin to work on Living Things. Rubin helped LP create Minutes to Midnight and A Thousand Suns, and I think he’s a great fit for them. I remember watching a behind-the-scenes documentary for MTM; Mike Shinoda said they asked Rubin to help exec-produce because he purportedly has a (good) reputation for helping push artists in broadening their musical horizons. Many will disagree, but I’m glad LP’s sound has evolved/matured over the years, as opposed to statically making the same type of music over and over again. Their sound is still distinctive, yet it isn’t formulaic. And that, to me, is a good thing.
See also: Mike’s blog post discussing the new single and the concept of the new album.