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Kyle Anderson
June 27, 2012 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Living Things

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
music label
11442
genre
Rock

We gave it a B

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

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