Wednesday, June 27, 2007


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!


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.


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...


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