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Albums: June 20, 2014

Reviews of the new records from Linkin Park and Chrissie Hynde

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Linkin Park, The Hunting Party
Though they were a little late to the turn-of-the-millennium nü-metal mosh pit, Linkin Park have thrived while their Korn-shucking brethren shout at windmills. Radio bait ”Until It’s Gone” feels limp, but the itchy noise engulfing the bracing ”War” and the adenoidal clawing of ”Keys to the Kingdom” prove the band still has swagger. B+

Chrissie Hynde, Stockholm
The 62-year-old Pretenders mastermind remains as feisty and romantic as she was when ”Brass in Pocket” broke out 35 years ago. Her first solo album brims with sassy, leather-clad guitar struts like the Neil Young-assisted ”Down the Wrong Way” and the sad-eyed ”Like in the Movies.” Stockholm’s assault, with pop flourishes care of co-producer Björn Yttling (of Peter Bjorn and John), is ruggedly sweet. A-