Recharged: Linkin Park revisit their last album
They had already done it for Reanimation, released in 2002, which exclusively included remixes of their albums Hybrid Theory and Hybrid Theory EP, Linkin Park are now back with Recharged, a compilation of the remixed songs of their fifth album Living Things (some even call it "Reliving things"). Between both, we can also tell that the band released Collision Course, another album of remixes featuring the rapper Jay-Z.
Some fans criticized their two previous remixed albums, pretending there were no "real" ones, because they included no new songs and did not fit to the rock/metal input of the band. But it should be noted that Linkin Park has always been strongly influenced by electronic music (one of the members, Joe Hahn, is even DJ), remixing their songs seems to be rather fitting then.
For Recharged (released October 29th, 2013), the Californian band even worked with the famous DJ Steve Aoki for a bonus track, A light that never comes - see the official clip below. Other professionals also participate to the recording of this album, entirely produced by Rick Rubin and Mike Shinoda, MC of the band.
I had loved Reanimation, and was very excited to hear Recharged for the first time. The album pleased me, this "electronic" side of the band doesn't bother me at all, I find on the contrary that it sounds very good. However, I cannot help myself from having some regrets if we compare the two albums I quoted before.
I found the first one exceptional and very elaborate, there were even titles which were entirely rewritten (Points of Authority became Pts.Of.Athrty, Papercut became Ppr:kut, and so on), providing the CD a unique cachet. I found the work way less achieved on Recharged, titles were exactly the same, which made it less charming. I got a similar impression when I first listened to the tracks, but I believe I was expecting a Reanimation - Part II, and both albums may be characterized by the same principle, they do not exactly sound the same.
On both CDs, some voice parts were added or modified for the remixes. Each title is unique (mostly because the DJs and other artists featured are not the same from one song to another), still fitting to the original version but appearing in a new light (like Powerless, way more energetic). Some tracks sound more electro or dubstep, others have rap and hip-hop rhythms, this album allows the band to explore new genres without losing its identity.
This is a fresh perspective for Linkin Park, which doesn't always please to everyone, but which truly pleased me with Reanimation. I even consider this album just as good as those some would call LP's "true" albums.
Once again, the band seduced me with Recharged (notice it isn't too hard, I would follow them wherever, I am not exactly the most objective person able to talk about Linkin Park), even if I doubt they are going to convince their whole fanbase.
Nevertheless, this brand new track featuring Steve Aoki, A light that never comes , deserves a special mention and does fairly justice to the band's talent and to Chester Bennington's vocal performances.