I’ve gotta admit, after Minutes To Midnight and A Thousand Suns, both AMAZING in their own ways, started out as really bad departures. Until they found their way back around to my ears at the right time in my life (when I split with my ex-wife) and they’ve become just as important to me as Hybrid Theory and Meteora.
Living Things began strong and ended strong and never let up the entire time while listening to it. At first, the intro in Lost In The Echo had me do a double-take, then I immediately understood what they meant they said they were bringing tools they’ve learned over the years from the previous 4 albums and combining them.
You can actually hear older songs like Pushing Me Away, In The End, Nobody’s Listening while hearing elements from MTM and ATS. My favourite parts would have to be Brad’s vocals and the chorus to I’ll Be Gone. They fuckin’ nailed this album on the damn head!
I’ve loved this band from the beginning when I first saw One Step Closer on tv at my grandma’s house and, although they’ve shocked me with some releases, have been one of my favourite bands and most influential things to help me through anything I needed.