Wednesday, June 27, 2007

War

With Palestine approaching (and in the headlines!) I've been thinking a lot about war.

Now I've never been a big Linkin Park fan (except for their dalliance with Jay Z) mainly because I don't like the nu-metal genre.

However their recent video for 'What I've done' really caught my eye. It contains shots of racism, war, addiction and environmental concerns and a hook that says:
So let mercy come,
And wash away...
what I've done.

So I got the album. They have got the legendary Rick Rubin into produce it and I found much of it full of power, desperation and soul. I know my musical friends will slag me for this but just forget it is Linkin Park you are listening to and I defy you not to get sucked in.

Here's a track from the album called 'Hands Held High' It's a moving anti-war rally cry combining a floaty keyboard, arpeggiated guitar, choral vocals, and a military snare-beat.

Listen below with the lyrics from youtube. Keep listening to the end!




4 comments:

Jen said...

Linkin Park isn't really my scene but I see what you like about it. In terms of musical taste, I would have liked to hear the 'hands held high' chorus repeated throughout the song not just at the end. But maybe that's cause i prefer the music to the rap.I kinda like the enthusiasm in his lyrics-but dislike the hostility that comes across. Man i sound like such a teacher!

Molar said...

I normally find Linkin Park's raps to be somewhat cheesy, but the words in that song are pretty class. They express what a lot of people probably feel, which is what music should do anyway!!

Interesting name for their album; surely a reference to the doomsday clock which has been going for about 60 years now. For the record we are currently at 5 minutes to midnight!

Anyway, thanks for bringing that song to our attention John.

Peace

Anonymous said...

I am very envious of your trip to Palestine. Enjoy every moment. Take plenty of pics, and don't sing too much linkin park!

billy said...

Borrrrrr-iiinngggg

Where is all the controversy? That's all your blog was good for!