Years later, ‘Hybrid’ still ear candy

At a time when the “nu-metal” genre was bursting on to the scene in the late ’90s and early 2000s, Linkin Park proved that not all were the same with their debut album “Hybrid Theory.”

Rarely do you find an album where all songs could be considered classic, yet “Hybrid Theory” is one of the few.

Becoming the 21st century’s highest-selling debut album with more than 24 million copies sold worldwide and already featured on numerous must-listen-to lists, Linkin Park’s 2000 release is making its case as one of the best albums in recent memory.

Casual fans all know the songs that put Linkin Park in the spotlight as “Hybrid Theory” is home to the singles “One Step Closer,” “Crawling,” and “In The End,” but what wasn’t released is what makes this album one of a kind.

To highlight any one song would be a crime as each and every track on “Hybrid Theory” is equally worthy of mention.

From angst-ridden intensity to well-paced moments of distress, this album encapsulates every feeling both musically and emotionally.

Perhaps one of the most underrated aspects of the album is the inclusion of their DJ, Joe Hahn.

Hahn provides a subtle level of depth on every song that aids in “Hybrid Theory’s” signature sound – and without it – might have left this album falling a little flat.

That’s not to discredit anyone else’s contributions — vocalist Chester Bennington puts on a show with his slashing screams and singing ability, carrying songs to unparalleled levels.

Mike Shinoda intersperses his unique flow throughout, showing exactly how rap-rock isn’t always a bad thing.

The mixture of Bennington, Shinoda, and Hahn are cast over solid instrumentation, creating an incomparable sound that has not since been replicated successfully — even by Linkin Park themselves.

“Hybrid Theory” paves the way for other bands by displaying how a unique sound, great production and meaningful lyrics aren’t mutually exclusive.

The one and only problem with “Hybrid Theory” is that it clocks in at a lowly 37 minutes and 52 seconds. This may be part of the album’s allure, however, as it keeps you wanting — and wishing — for more.

Rating: A+

—Morgan Beard

Staff Writer

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