Hybrid Theory is the debut studio album by American rock band Linkin Park, released on October 24, 2000, through Warner Bros. Records. Recorded at NRG Recordings in North Hollywood, California, and produced by Don Gilmore, the album's lyrical themes deal with problems lead vocalist Chester Bennington experienced during his adolescence, including drug abuse and the constant fighting and divorce of his parents. Hybrid Theory takes its title from the previous name of the band as well as the concept of music theory and combining different styles. This is also the only album on which bassist Dave Farrell does not play. Four singles were released from Hybrid Theory: "One Step Closer", "In the End", "Crawling" and "Papercut", all of them being responsible for launching Linkin Park into mainstream popularity. While "In the End" was the most successful of the four, all of the singles in the album remain some of the band's most successful songs to date. Although "Runaway", "Points of Authority", and "My December" from the special edition bonus disc album were not released as singles, they were minor hits on alternative rock radio stations thanks to the success of all of the band's singles and the album; "Runaway" has also made several appearances on radio stations. Generally receiving positive reviews from critics upon its release, Hybrid Theory became a strong commercial success. Peaking at number two on the US Billboard 200, it is certified 12× Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). It also reached the top 10 in 15 other countries and has sold 27 million copies worldwide, making it the best-selling debut album since Guns N' Roses's Appetite for Destruction (1987) and the best-selling rock album of the 21st century. At the 44th Grammy Awards, it won Best Hard Rock Performance for "Crawling". In 2002, Linkin Park released the remix album Reanimation. It included the songs of Hybrid Theory remixed and reinterpreted by nu metal and underground hip hop artists. Contributors to the album included Black Thought, Pharoahe Monch, Jonathan Davis, Stephen Carpenter, and Aaron Lewis. The sound of later Linkin Park albums would involve experimentation with classical instruments such as strings and piano, both of which, along with the same elements of electronica from Hybrid Theory, are prominently included in the band's second studio album, Meteora.On August 13, 2020, Warner Records announced a re-release of Hybrid Theory for its 20th anniversary. A previously unreleased demo song, "She Couldn't", was put out at the same time.Wikipedia
Hard-hitting but melodic, this is another album that I think younger me would have really loved. I like it now but it has a ... not juvenile, that seems pejorative, and that's definitely not what I'm going for ... but maybe youthful(?) feel to it that doesn't hold the same appeal as it would have a couple or so decades ago. Still, high marks!
Give me rap-rock or rap-metal crossover albums anytime. Give me a *bit* of nu-metal, even. Give me heavy guitar riffs, true rebellion, sharp politically-minded lyrics. Or, on the contrary, give me brutally sincere descriptions of personal malaise. Anything that finds an artistically relevant way to scream: "I'm alive, this world is fucked up, I suffer, but I'm alive!". Give me Rage Against The Machine, System Of A Down, Deftones, the "Judgment Night" motion picture soundtrack... Even the early Korn albums can work out... But don't give me this overbloated, overproduced turd of a record. Heck, turds have taste at least, or so I hear. :) As you can, I won't mince words about this band (and first album). But I've got my reasons. To me, *Hybrid Theory* is indeed the epitome of blandness--nothing in it *feels* honest or authentic. You might tell me Chester Bennington's lyrics drew from his difficult childhood experience, I just can't find a way to *care* about them. Because the end results here are just plain corny--there's none of the strong imagery delivered by his pal Chino Moreno, for instance, or the latter's intense, dynamic performance throughout Deftones' discography. The so-called "rebellion" or "malaise" in Linkin' Park's lyrics actually amount to pointing at nothing in particular, with vague references about "bad memories" and the likes. And those lyrics are just *one* ingredient among others in a mechanical formula. They just have nothing to say. And they even manage to say it badly. The same goes for the cheesy, dated rapping, or the vocal lines for the choruses and singing parts, which are *always* predictable--unimaginative melodies copied-and-pasted over unimaginative guitar riffs, so slick and clean they actually sound like synths. Because no, the instrumentation is not good either, as competent the performers (or production tools) are. The band does the same thing all over again, mostly, with the same sort of lazy, overdone tricks being applied from start to finish. Guitar saturation is here used to raze everything to the same orderly level, devoid of any true *life*. A paradox of sorts, which owes more to protools shenanigans than any thought-out concept behind the music. Which makes sense, given that saturation is also used here to hide the lack of any shred of meaningful idea. That's probably what's "Hybrid" in the "Theory" here--this thing being *both* lifeless AND brainless. Even the electronic/abstract hip hop asides suck, minus the very short "Cure For The Itch", maybe--but to be fair, this minor track towards the end is nothing but a secondhand attempt at a DJ Shadow-like instrumental... And just as everything in the album--that awful cover, for instance--its inclusion in the tracklisting looks like a decision made by a corporate committee, not one made by a real, genuine band showing personality. And just like everything else, it's a stylistic dead end. *Hybrid Theory* made millions, admittedly (not necessarily a sure sign of quality, but OK). It sold a hold a huge lot. Yet it's a dead-end nonetheless. Void. Sterile. We can just all be glad and grateful that teens or kids these days are not listening to such crap anymore. At least, they'll make *fresh* mistakes of their own... In the light of Bennington's still recent suicide, this personal judgment about what is merely a piece of art here might sound harsh, of course, even exaggerated. May the man rest in peace, God bless his soul, and so on... May people who go through what he had to go through, just like Chris Cornell or Kurt Cobain, or anybody else, find the help they need to survive. To be honest, I wish that this band had at least provided Bennington that catharsis he so direly needed to get better. And this aside obviously goes beyond any personal tastes about music. One could have hoped that years after their first commercial success, Linkin' Park's singer might have found some meaning in his life. But things don't always work out that way, even when you manage to "make it". Friends who knew Bennington seem to say he was a good person. I don't know, I didn't know him. But I just hope that fans who are reading this understand I have nothing against the man. I simply didn't like the artist, and the band he was part in. These things happen... As for the rest, be aware that hope comes in many forms, and that if music, good or bad, can't save you, you can *still* find other ways out--through reaching out to friends or a family genuinely caring for you, or through mental health professionals. Anything that can help you get better. But I'd rather hear about who Chester Bennington was as a person rather than having to listen to his music again. It's not for me. In a way, critics' accusations that the band had "sold out" for 2017's pop-oriented *One More Light*--that they now suddenly sounded "as if they were selected by committee", to be more precise--were totally and absolutely nonsensical to my ears. Because to me, they've *always* been this way. A few yellings and heavy guitar riffs here and there couldn't hide the fact that they've never been the sharpest knife in the drawer, musically speaking. And Bennington's offensive public replies to those misguided critics did not only show how fragile his mental state was, but also how lost he was as to the sort of audience his band had entertained for all these years. And there's probably a good reason for that. Because a) that audience had never been picky for sure. And b) it was dwindling album after album anyway. In all honesty, it's a bit of a mystery *who* this music is aimed at today, in 2022 (both for what it was in 2017 AND what it had been in 2000). And this, also, makes me kinda sad... Not for Bennington, this time, but for the standards generally followed by this list of records. So next, please... Number of albums left to review or just listen to: 887 Number of albums from the list I find relevant enough to be mandatory listens: 59 Albums from the list I *might* include in mine later on: 29 Albums from the list I will certainly *not* include in mine (many others are more important): 26 (including this one)
If I listened to this rap metal style when I was much younger I may have fallen for the soft/quiet -> hard/loud -> soft/quiet changes within most of the songs, but now I find it to be cliched and just plain gimmicky. So... nope.
I bought this album shortly after its release and listened to it for several years, but then it sort of disappeared from my radar. I don’t really have the rage in me that I still managed then. So what’s it like to come back to this almost 20 years later? It’s great! I remembered right away what I love about Linkin Park… they know how to rock but also have great hooks and modulation to hold my interest. I like their lyrics and the personal themes. Great vocals. Really great to hear this again today. “The End” is an awesome song and is kind of the perfection of the Linkin Park formula, but there are lots of other songs I very much like on this album including “Papercut,” “Points of Authority,” “Crawling,” “Runaway,” “Forgotten” and “Pushing Me Away.” Even though the last twenty years have softened my edges, I guess I still have room for some angry, angsty, cathartic hard rock. Linkin Park’s ability to modulate with softer passages is just the right kind of heavy for me.
4.5 stars. What a debut album! Every track is solid from start to end. Bennington's singing with Shinodah's rapping blends so well. Album is harder/heavier than I remember. "A Place For My Head" is a microcosm for the album and the band.
I've really enjoyed this album for a long time. In listening to it again, i certainly heard more Limp Bizkit in it than i remembered, and they certainly took different trajectories. Fred is a bit of an embarrassment while Chester improved with time. There are still enough energetic creative aggressive items on here to make it a home run.
I was 16 when this album came out and I wasn’t the biggest fan of nu-metal to start with. I was into stuff like Pantera, Sepultura, Faith no More, Alice in Chains, NOFX etc – 90s heavy/alternative but not nu-metal – but I also had an appreciation for bands like Korn, Limp Bizkit and Slipknot. I’d been into metal since about 91 so I had the feel of the genre: Korn basically invented the shit, Limp Bizkit popularised it, and Slipknot made it so fucking unpalatable to your parents that you just had to applaud them. Lots of previously "pure"-metal bands were trying to get in on it. But Korn etc all had one thing in common: their songs were organic, there was a legit “what we’re doing isn’t grunge, it’s not standard metal, but we still want a place” attitude. It never felt (at the time) like they were music school kids, writing from a how-to guide, or anything like that. It was popular in the mainstream, but it seemed it'd stuck its head in by force of sheer popularity, and had kinda beaten the odds in that sense. This was still like 98-99 so it was only a year or two into nu-metal’s mainstream run. Those bands (Korn, Slipknot, Limp Bizkit, Deftones etc) really worked for their recognition. Linkin Park’s first album was different. Even as a teenager I picked up on it. When that first “I’m about to break!” song came out I knew it was some kinda changing of the guard moment. It wasn’t nu-metal; it was radio rock pretending to be nu-metal. I remember in 2000 asking my mum to buy me In Flames’ Colony album, and she said “you sure you don’t want maybe Linkin Park instead?”. And that was because Linkin Park had worked out the market: create family-friendly rock with an angsty facade that parents didn’t find threatening. It ticked their boxes and (hopefully) also yours. It was loud, but also commercial as shit, with songs that could've been ANY genre if you'd tweaked them a bit. Most of Hybrid Theory would've made a great Shania Twain record. Not that there’s anything wrong with that (my Slippery When Wet review hopefully explains that) but it was also dishonestly subversive. It pretended to be something it wasn’t. And it’s telling that Linkin Park became the biggest band out of the whole movement, and that radio rock has never really (as of 2022) moved much past their blueprint. Nu-metal is long gone but Linkin Park's style isn't. Sure we’ve dialled back the rap-rock these days, but the core of their song structures, choruses and vague angst remain. That whole “nothin’ but rock” radio movement has been boring and stale ever since. And I blame Linkin Park. Is that a legacy? Probably. But I’m giving it 2/5.
Oh FFS... how in the world did this crap make the list? This style/genre/shameful detour of rock music should be forgotten and lost to the sands of time. And this isn't even their "best" album - it's easily the most cheesy representation of this nonsense.
I get that this is a big group in 2000s “rock” but it’s not for me. Too many songs sound the same and it lacks soul.
The worst. This album actually made me angry.
I didn't love this. Other than "In the End", I hadn't really heard much by Linkin Park before. Why? Because I get screamed at enough in real life. I mean, I'm the guy who appreciates the Bangles' subtle harmonies, the smooth sounds of Yacht Rock, and the entire catalog of James D. Buffett. What's the opposite of Linkin Park? Jimmy, man. Or Bob Marley - hey angry Linkin Park guys, "Don't worry about a thing, every little thing is gonna be alright". That said, I do understand why people like this (maybe there are supernaturally calm people out there that just want to get their anger on), but I could feel my blood pressure rising the whole time. Neighbors walking by my open garage sped up and gave me the side eye - that must be one angry dude! No man, no. Echo, play Bob Marley Legend....check that. Play Loggins & Messina....
i was hoping this would be another one like the SOAD album where i ignored it in my yoof and now i've listened to it i get it. it wasn't, if anything it was the opposite and now i've actually listened to it i like it less than i was expecting. it's super cheddar. give me limp bizkit over this any day - yeah that's right i really didn't like this.
Just when you thought metal could go no lower, along comes to Linkin Park to add the most annoying elements of several other genres (especially emo) to drill deeper still. The combination of sheer awfulness with utter pomposity is potently toxic to the ears of anyone with any taste at all. How it sold 32 copies, let alone 32 million, boggles the mind, but that's popular taste, innit. See The Onion's Winner's History of Rock and Roll for the imbalance.
Bold and unpredictable. This album doesn't fall into any one category. Lyrically powerful and musically frenetic and energetic. Definitely listenable to again and again.
IN THE END NOTHING EVEN MATTERS
Another one for the memories! I was always more of a Meteora fan, but Hybrid Theory has a really big place in my heart. Song 'In The End' is extremely catchy, and I know the lyrics still after twenty-ish years. Album starts on a high note with 'Papercut' and it actually just gets better. All around, it's a very even record. With this debut album, Linkin Park position themselves on the Mount Olymp of the Nu Metal wave, and for some (like me), on the very top of it.
This is a good album… The album opens with papercut a song that isn’t necessarily one of my favourites but it’s definitely the sum of all the sounds that you will get on this record. One step closer is a brilliant early album single for this band I love the lyrics to this song from the well crafted verses to the screamy yet catchy chorus! The chorus in with you is so climactic absolutely amazing tune. Points of authority is slightly more tame than the first three songs but it’s still an impressive song. The verses of crawling are very poppy i’am not too sure of they work too well for this band ( or at least at this point).Runaway also feels exactly the same. By myself has this real scream to it’s guitars that make it a really quality song. Most popular single in the end acts as the album’s climax it’s a grand song very different to the rest of the album being piano based what a song! The guitars on a place for my head are amazing just enough to make this one of the albums best. Forgotten is my favourite song on the album literally every aspect of the song impresses me pre chorus, verses, chorus, bridge all perfection! Other than the MR HANNNNNN bit cure for the itch is a cool instrumental but nothing that I would seek out. The album closes with pushing me away it’s really good it’s similar to those more “ mid” songs( crawling, runaway) with the audio dynamics but this is just so much better feels like a grand heavy finale to a near perfect album. Anyway, while this album does have lows it’s still a 5/5 as it’s very hard to deny it’s power.
just an alround great album with all time greatest "crawling" and obviously "in the end" still consider it one of the best choices i made by going to their concert a month before chester took his own life
I mean, LP is one of my favorite bands of all time. Something I will call out beyond the vocal chemistry between Chester and Mike is Joe Hahn, most notably on Cure for the Itch. His presence is the thing that ties the sounds all together in my opinion, with the Nu-Metal presence of electronic and rap sometimes coming across as jarring for other acts.
This is the zenith of teenage angst, and the best representation of nu-metal on the list IMO. They balance the metal and hip-hop/electronic elements perfectly. And I know they get a good deal of hate and are seen as posers/sellouts for not cursing, but feeling like the emotional impact is less because someone isn't using naughty words just sounds like edgy middle schooler criticism (though, this is definitely an album aimed at that demographic, so perhaps there is some point there). Shits rad yo. Tight, fun, genre-blending angst.
Had listened before. Very nostalgic, but very bitter sweet considering Chester's decision to take his life in 2017. Will listen again, 5/5
Already an album I've known and enjoyed for years
Linkin Park's debut album is a classic by any standard, but it took me a long time to get to that point. Chester's trauma is thinly veiled in most songs, but the raw power and fury that drove him is on full display.
This is unironically really good. Makes me feel like I'm 14 again. THIS OS WHERE YHR CRAWLING IN MY SKIN AONG IS GROM
Quite possibly my favorite album of all time.
Directo en la nostalgia adolescente. Jovencitos gritones que muy a la moda combinan la música pesada con la lírica rapeada y sin saberlo se convierten en algunos de los precursores de todo un movimiento. Poquito repetitivo pero ayuda mucho aún recordar muchas de las letras. 4.5 estrellas que voy a subir a 5 porque sí, directito en la nostalgia y me hizo agitar la cabeza con singular alegría.
so good, brings me back to my teenage years! top songs: obvs In The End, and Pushing Me Away
Thought I was too cool for school when this was originally released and gave it a wide berth. By some weird coincidence, I've been listening to this very album for the last two weeks and have living my best angsty-teen life!
Loved it, not my usual listening material, familiar with alot of this but was never my genre... Great to listen to something that I wouldn't normally choose... Felt like a step back to the noughties...
There are 2 memories I associate with this album. I remember buying this album with Christmas money my grandma gave me in 4th grade. And the second is being at my friends on his trampoline. He had outdoor speakers on his house, it was this album and limp bizkit all day on the trampoline. RIP Chester :(
easiest 5 of my life
Personally a 5 because this just launched my love of music. But know this album is more of a 3.5
Just such a great album. A forever classic.
A classic of my preteens. Full of angst and alienation that I can still relate to. Love the aesthetic of the cover. I don't think I've paid super close attention to what the guitar does before. I know this album pretty well tho. Or at least the hits. Some of this stuff gets kinda heavy tbh. Riffs are more Nu Metal-y than I recall — which should be obvs because this was one of THE nu metal albums of that era. This album feels like the soundtrack to dissociating over angst and abuse and inner pain. The band does way more interesting stuff instrumentally on the non-singles. The Mr. Hahn track (Cure for the Itch) was pretty sick, ngl. This band's instrumentals are kinda fun. Pushing Me Away feels like a blueprint for Numb, similar vibe, similar simple guitars over melodic synth/electronic with simple guitar chords coming in for the chorus. It's youthful and earnest as an album, and I see why it's one of the best selling rock albums of all time. LP wrote some good pop, riffs, melodies, compositions, raps, lyrics, etc. here. Feels pretty focused ngl.
Genre defining—(how do I still know 90% of these words
Hybrid Theory is the debut album by American rock band Linkin Park. This critically acclaimed rap rock / alternative rock album and its four singles launched the band into mainstream popularity - where they have stayed to this day. The four singles remain the band's most successful songs to date, and they are: "One step Closer", "In the End", "Crawling", & "Papercut". The album peaked at number 2 on the Billboard 200, is certified 12x platinum (diamond), and is the best-selling rock album of the 21st century. This is the first time that I have listened to Linkin Park's debut album in one sitting (I've heard its singles many times) and I have to say it was pretty awesome! The nostalgia this gave me for the early 2000's is unmatched and listening to this album today made it a great day. Well produced, amazing hooks, and aggressive lyrics shape this album to be a cornerstone of modern rock. You'd be hard pressed to find anyone that hasn't heard at least one of these songs before, but everyone needs to listen to this album.
Amazing album, amazing band
Blinded by nostalgia here. More proof as to why Linkin Park is my favorite band of all-time. These songs carry such emotional significance for me, as they introduced me to music, and are probably the foundation of my taste in punk rock today. To be totally fair, the lyrics here are very surface-level. I never felt like Chester was a brilliant lyricist, but he always wrote with raw unfiltered emotion. Which ultimately led to plain and derivative lines that Chester sold incredibly well with some of the best vocal control I've ever heard. The hooks are catchy, the screams are cathartic and it feels like every song could have been a single. Hybrid Theory is one of the most iconic albums of the 2000s. It's not LP's best record (forever a Thousand Suns superfan), but it is their most important. RIP Chester. Favorite songs: With You, Papercut, By Myself, Points of Authority, One Step Closer, Crawling, A Place For My Head, Forgotten Least favorite songs: N/A (In The End, I guess?) P.S. when I hear any song on this album, I think of Club Penguin, because I discovered LP in 2006 when I was five years old and spending every day playing the Club Penguin pizza game and watching LP/Club Penguin music videos on YouTube, like this: https://youtu.be/vCbY-9hZxwE
Van sortir en el moment precís, enmig del sorgiment del nu metal, per portar el génere a unes cotes de creativitat que els seus col.legues de génere no havien assolit ni assolirien posteriorment. Un disc fora de sèrie, marcant un hite en els àlbums que tractaven la barreja de géneres, i compilant gran part de les millors cançons del rock d'aquells anys en un sol disc
Linkin Park is such a weird band. Accused of making the same record over and over, they release something completely different but it sucks. Accused of being to squeaky clean, they try to dirty up their image with a remix album that was explicit lyrics. It looked desperate and they still seemed like a bunch of nice boys, which I am sure they hated. Meanwhile, this record is a legit banger. The perfect album for the end of FM radio rock.
Первый альбом Linkin Park. Это классика! Это легенда. Он выпущен в 2000 году, но его все еще очень приятно слушать.
This is the album that got me into music. Still one of my favorites of all time.
What the hell is this? Turntable scratching, power guitar, electronica, rapping, piano, and lots and lots of screaming. Do I like it? I think I do... Wild.
Очень цельный альбом, что сильно понравилось. И музыка не звучит излишне попсовой, как мне раньше представлялось в детстве.
Reminds me of junior high!
Started out as a three but it grew on me. How could it not? Just some angry boys having fun. Kind of like a low rent Rage Against the Machine.
Great Album. I used to listen to this all the time when it came out. Now, 22 years later, Some of the songs, I don't remember, but there are some real classics here: In the End, Papercut, One Step Closer, Crawling, My December. 4/5
Didn’t age as well as I thought but still really fun. Guitars were way more present and heavier than I remembered.
4.5/5 good album <3
I tried so hard and got so farrrrr
-"One Step Closer" is nice and heavy, very easy to sing along to on your first listen. I also really like the chorus. Maybe it's the alternating lines with long, extended notes and then faster lines? It's cool -"Crawling" has the classic "Crawling in my skin / These sounds, they will not heal" -The vocal distortions on the screams throughout "By Myself" are pretty crazy -"In the End" doesn't really stand out as a track other than the fact I am already very familiar with it. Maybe it's just the most digestible, which made it the most popular track? I'd say I like "One Step Closer" or "Crawling" more. Not a bad song, just not sure why it's the mega-popular one over the others -Big heavy intro in "A Place for My Head" -Basically all solid tracks. Keeps great energy throughout without getting boring. Lots of fun riffs and vocal melodies. Solid album
an absolute classic ™
recommended on 20th of july - nice
Linkin Park's first album remains their absolute best, and it set a great journey for the subsequent albums as well as the groundwork for their evolution into being a softer band. In a way, listeners got to see a band grow mature from the young and hype-capable to the older and more intentional. Hybrid Theory came at a time when metal/rapcore fatigue started to set in with bands like POD and Limp Bizkit. While with POD, clean lyrics and meaningful messaging were broad in their appeal, their over-exposure up and to their sophomore album with Atlantic wore out the original audience reasonably quickly. Limp Bizkit, even at the height of their popularity, remained 18+ with narrower demographic appeal with a push towards douchebags being loud, giving ballcaps a bad name, to some just weird imagery in their songs. Between all that, Hybrid Theory is released and scratches a certain itch that had been growing. There was a bit of a pendulum swing or crises of identity with listeners in the early aughts between emo and hardcore, two extremes that sort of defined the bipolar nature of 17-19 year olds at the time. Hybrid Theory managed to catch both the aggression and angst giving the people stuck in the middle a stable ground of sorts, which if honesty is the best policy, a very needed element for this crowd. Chester's vocals are a clean scream with lyrics easily understood, and Mike Shinoda's rap contributions are equally clear with a clean delivery. This combination, while not necessarily original was a better marriage between the rock and rap genres than their contemporaries. Musically, the band hit hard where it needed to, and it carefully matched lyrics with its energy. Well-rounded, well-sung, well-rapped, well-played, Hybrid Theory changed the game quite a bit.
Linkin Park's first and greatest effort, only coming close with their next album Meteora. Tons of hits, melodic yet hard, and somehow are able to maintain the momentum from track to track. You can hear influences of KoRn in songs like "Runaway." The duo vocalists are an incredible combo, characterizing their unique sound and appealing to different audiences that it's no wonder they were so mainstream. I was going to say it's greatest weakness was that it loses its momentum in the last few tracks, but then I realized the last track is actually "Pushing Me Away" which is actually a decent finish right when "Cure for the Itch" chills the mood. I describe the melody as electronic in form, industrial in the types of samples and effects, hip hop in their style of usage, and doom metal in the medium they use to create these effects ("A Place for My Head" being the most metal). What I'm trying to say is that I can understand why most nu metal and post-grunge bands would suck in the coming years if they tried mimicking this style without properly understanding how it's used. The melodies are mostly boring, but there are some iconic themes stuck in my head after 2 decades. Maybe other people interpret it differently, but this style of rock is like nothing else, with the closest analogue being the intensity and heaviness of industrial and thrash or doom metal. Favorites: One Step Closer, Points of Authority, Crawling, In the End
Not for me. That being said you cant deny their catchiness. damn them.
Never gonna be a personal fav but I think this album earned 4 stars.
It did not age like fine wine, but the hits still stands. I'm hesitating between a 3 and a 4, but the nostalgia factor just won't let me give it less.
Metal and rap collab genius.
Delightful. Chester is amazing.
Alvöru rokk, flott.
While not my favourite style, I can appreciate the art, and think it deserves it's place.
Super nostalgic! Still slaps. Listening to this as an adult is kind of weird and makes me realize just how much I didn’t half of the songs I was listening to.
Love this album. Listening to it at 8 in the morning made me want to flip my desk
Some really classic songs on here
Middle school days. This album rules. It's the best Linkin Park. It's been memed to death but that just shows its massive appeal to even newer generations. The b sides also kick ass. Meteora also is good but I'll take hybrid any day. This may be the quintessential rap rock album. Thanks boys
This album brings back memories of 5th grade.
No lo recordaba tan bueno, la neta. En su momento sé que no me gustaba: todavía no era fan de los guitarrazos, no me embonaba el MC y el scratch en el fondo, y la voz gritada me satura. Sin embargo, escuchado ahora, me parece que es un muy buen disco. No tiene un momento aburrido y aunque quizá es un poquitito largo, la verdad es que es muy agradable de escuchar de principio a fin.
21st September 2022 Listened mainly while stuck in a traffic jam on the way back from the office. Immediately takes you back to being 13. Pop, rap, metal what a combo.
Canzoni da pogo post-apocalittico. Testi rabbiosi ma senza accuratezza, adolescenziali: rabbia contro cosa? Un po' ripetitive.
- First Linkin Park album I've listened to - Enjoyed it much more than I expected - Really consistent - Fav songs: ONE STEP CLOSER, IN THE END, FORGOTTEN
Genuinely excellent album, full of nostalgia, not like life-changing but seemed to be of it's moment. Meant a lot to a lot of kids. Have memories of mum ironing to it following the divorce. Great, angsty, whingey, teenage - exactly what you want
It might surprise people who know me to hear that I’ve never actually listened to this album in full before. The songs I recognise are from radio play, and I hadn’t really ever considered playing the album from front to back. Songs I already know: One Step Closer, Crawling, In The End Favourite after listening: Point Of Authority, Crawling Overall: 8/10 There aren’t really many bands that sound like Linkin Park. Even the other Nu-Metal bands of the time didn’t really sound the same. The distortion of the guitars and the melodies on piano make a beautiful juxtaposition, yet it works perfectly. Similarly, Chester Bennington’s style of singing (some might argue it to be screaming, but I’d argue it to be distorted singing) goes excellently with Mike Shinoda’s rapping. I loved the use of a killswitch in Points of Authority - the music felt like something a wrestler would use to walk into the ring, so appealed to my sillier side. Overall, I’d recommend to anyone with a remote interest in rock/metal.
This brings good memories of youth, As i listen, I can see myself and my brother playing PS2 and listening to this. I had not hear this album in full for like 15 years! Good stuff, great energy, lyrics are quite the teenage angst but hey, it is what youth experiences right? Excellent mixing, excellent deliver and man did Bennington could sing. Back then I don’t think even us the teenagers who listened to LP thought they were going to be around for long, not become icons or anything, it was just good novelty but metal, but this record is good and a good timestamp of its times. RIP C.B.
It contains that amazing Linkin Park sound but still manages to sound like something you've never heard before Chesters vocals are truly amazing and the lyrics are fantastic
I fairly stubbornly avoided nu-metal as a teenager, but I did always have a bit of a soft spot for these guys. This is the first time I've listened to this album the whole way through, and I quite enjoyed it! I do still find some of the rapping a bit cringy and the lyrics are somewhat melodramatic in places, but it's a solid album, and there's no denying it's influence on the following decade of pop/rock, for better or worse!
a classic, but only for certain moods
A classic 👌 the record that defeated the nu metal era fortunately... In the End big big banger 👏 underrated tracks... With You, A Place for my Head, Forgotten & Cure for an Itch 🤘
I never liked the term nu-metal. Yes, this is tough to classify, but nu-metal seems a lazy way of describing Linkin Park's music. Yes, there are elements of metal, hard rock, hip-hop, but the duality of the rapping and screaming is what gives this material a lot of the power. The interactions between Chester Bennington and Mike Shinoda are continually impressive, which is essential to the success of the album. The rage and deep emotions run throughout - in the best way imaginable. This is almost a musical therapy session. Not everything works, but it is damn impressive.
I have a lot more appreciation for this in my 40s than I did in my 20s. The guitars are so massive and the mixing is incredible. But I still just can't with these lyrics. They were always the thing that turned me off of Linkin Park and that hasn't changed. So, while I enjoyed the album way more than I expected to, it still gets docked a star because of whiny emo bullshit. Life hurts. It's a universal condition. Suck it up and carry on.
I think Linkin Park is a great band and i really liked the majority of the album. If i had listened to this album when i grew up i would probably given it a 5 but with one listen through of the album i give it a 4.
ну это молодость, это класека
Suddenly I remember being 20. Favorites: Crawling, Papercut, A Place for My Head.
Love this album. I'm absolutely biased, since I was a kid when this released and Linkin Park was the first CD I owned, but this was an awesome nostalgia trip.
Modern classic. RIP Chester.
Good with some iconic songs
I heard of Linkin Park and have heard some singles. They have never really grabbed my fancy. This album didn't really either. I will admit that there is some similarity in sound to some other bands from the 90s with that kind of hard rap-rock style that I could enjoy. Discovering this now just didn't really win me over.
pretty good rock-rap.
I was all in for nu-metal back in the day. Particularly Papa Roach who i think i saw 3 times in a single year when I should have been studying for my university finals. Linkin Park though..... not much fun, and listening back my feelings are tainted by the untimely death of the frontman too. A bit too serious, not enough fun.
I could get into some of it, but other parts were a bit too shouty for me
The nostalgia is strong with this one. It's hard to listen to Crawling and not be taken back to those intensely angsty teenage years, which is exactly what Linkin Park is made for. The nu metal style sounds a bit dated now and the album tracks are hit and miss, but the singles still hold up well. I personally think Meteora is a stronger album, but I'll give Hybrid Theory 3.5 stars.
I remember this album's popularity. Understanding the whisper, rap, emotional scream that complimented the youthful angst coming out of the 90's. Soft Korn. It presents a higher production quality, which made it more accessible and wider distribution than some of the harder underground acts of the time.
A respectably cool blend of rapping singing and shouting but way too emo for me.
Reminds me of playing Tony hawk in the basement
Fuck... I guess I kind of enjoyed this. It's not good, but it's pretty catchy. Definitely some guilty pleasure shit. Real time capsule from my early 20s. Not anything I ever listened to then but you really couldn't avoid these guys - their music was everywhere.
I bought this album back in 2000 when I was 12, this was probably the peak of nu metal. Sadly I kept listening to this genre for way to long into my teenage years. Listening back as a 34 year old man, this music really does nothing for me. Agree it should be on the list and an extra star for nostalgic reasons. But happy to keep Nu metal in the late 90’s early 00’s where it belongs.
I can't call myself the biggest fan of Linkin Park, but this certainly has some hard-hitting tracks. "Paper Cut" and the infamous "Crawling" are probably my faves off of this.
I have a lot of ambivalence here. While I liked the singles a lot when this album dropped, I've grown very tired of them. I find them to be way too teen angst heavy to be enjoyable. Speaking objectively though One Step Closer does have a nice groove. I just wish it didn't have the "shut up when I'm talking to you" part that makes me cringe so hard that I think my teeth will shatter. On the positive side a lot of the deeper cuts are pretty enjoyable. Papercut is a solid opener. Almost all of the non-singles are decent the exception being Cure For The Itch. I didn't need that. Overall it's not a bad listen. I just don't know how much I will ever really go back to it. I prefer Meteora if I feel like listening to this band, which honestly isn't all that much.
6/10. Kinda fun to listen to, but I can't take it seriously after having seen it edited over club penguin game play.
Ágætis aldamótarokk þarna. Ég er nokkuð viss um að þetta hefði verið on constantly hjá dóttur minni ef hún hefði ekki verið 4ra ára þegar þetta kom út.
Some great hits but my metal has not aged well
This album is very nostalgic for me, but lets be honest, its not great. 3/5 for the memories
A great album that turns out to be a classic of my generation. I don't think it aged that well and I'm not sure it will stand the test of time. Who knows?
Heureusement que c'était pas plus long
Listened to it 100s of.times in elementary/ middle school so it probably shaped me at least a little, but now it mostly reminds me of when I was dumb(er) and uncool(er). So....3???
It isn’t bad. It helps to be an angsty teen when you listen
3.5/5. RIP Chester.
Tough one to rate here. This album has been a staple of rock radio for the past 20 years because it is at times legitimately fun to listen to - it has really energy and sounds a million times better than Limp Bizkit or any other garbage like that. It is however pretty dated and corny: the rock stuff works, but whenever they try and rap it’s SO bad and it’s so obvious how out of their element these guys are. 3 stars I guess. I wish I had the heart to rate it lower, but it reminds me of my childhood.
Some good tracks on there but all in all not enough varaiation.
oh hell yeah
In the end and cure for the itch my 2 favorite tracks
Some iconic songs on this album. Crawling was great. In the end all time banger. A lot of screaming on this record and im not a fan of it the whole time. I think this has some good songs but as a whole this album does not stand out to me. Rip chester 6/10
It's not really my thing, but I really get the attraction. For a 2000 album which mixes alternative rock, metal, rap, it has a raw energy that's really good. However, it also sounds a lot like a middle schooler album to me, so I couldn't really get into it that much.
Am I gonna give a higher rating to linkin park than the Beatles? You’re goddamn right I am! You may ask yourself, why are they so angry? Or, why must this anger be manifested in mixed metaphors and silly phrases? We’ll just remember how articulate you were as a teen when your parents grounded you just for having an opinion; your teachers slammed you just because you didn’t wanna be a pawn in their game of doing homework and shit,man. If I heard this when I was in high school I would’ve been like, Man these guys know me! Instead I first heard them as a young adult and thought they were pretty stupid.
Somewhat predictable, the album jumps back and forth from slow to fast back to slow and continues this pattern for almost every song. It definitely has some charm and a lot of nostalgia value for myself personally. Very melodic and Linkin Park finds a great mesh of rap and rock.
Not really my type right now, something I would’ve enjoyed more in the past. Still a good album for when you feel down, and you can easily rock to it. I would not listen to it everyday.
Some good songs but didn’t love it
3/5. I can see the influence the band gave to future rock/rap bands but it’s not a genre I enjoy.
Not my thing, the hard rock/rap mash up and the relentlessly angsty lyrics, but I don't really get the hate either, they are obviously executing pretty flawlessly on exactly what they’re aiming at and a lot of people understandably like it a lot.
The best of the bad nu-metal bunch.
The distant future, the year 2000. The thinking man's Limp Bizkit.
The first issue is that I'm definitely going to fuck a goat for a bit. The second issue is that a white rose will cause a few scratches on my heart. The third issue is the way the music is hunting my mind, hurting me in ways you can't imagine. The fourth issue is that a llama is jealous of the goat. The fifth issue is one I can't tell you.
I like this album a lot, but it’s probably mostly a time capsule piece for me. Fun re-listen, but doesn’t hold up with other albums on this list
A staple in the early 2000's nu-metal/rap genre. Fun and energetic, but I wouldn't consider it high art and find it comes across as dorky/angsty for the most part. I'm sure this is heavily nostalgic to some; however, it personally feels more like a guilty pleasure in 2022 than a classic album (although I will say it's impressive for a debut). There are undoubtedly some great tracks on here, but it just is not my style overall. It's cool that they have two vocalists with distinctive styles; however, that doesn't prevent most songs sounding exactly the same. I actually ended up recognizing more track than I expected ('Papercut', 'Crawling', and 'One Step Closer'), and I will forever love 'In The End' which, even when looking through an unbiased lens, is still the best song on here IMO. It should have been the closer to the album as 'Pushing Me Away' did not feel like a conclusion at all. In short, this one is a bit hard to rank, but I wouldn't call it greater than average. 2.5/5. NOTE: Lots of "but" and "however" in this review which shows how conflicted I am with this one.
It's ok. Probably won't listen again. Singer's voice is a bit annoying.
A textbook in how to turn teenage angst into the musical equivalent of fast food. (6/10) FT: One Step Closer, In The End
I ended up kinda liking it. Reminds me of prog metal at times, like Dream Theater. But more edgy, like Slipknot or Rage Against the Machine. Also had some strong pop punk elements? Like MCR? I don’t like rap at all, but it’s at least cooler when paired with heavy metal guitar
More 3 1/2 stars. I really wanted to give this 4 or higher as there are some powerful songs on here. I am being honest, this album is overwrought with Nu-Metal plating and pre-emo histrionics which dampen the obvious fury rather than enhance it.
Best Song: In The End. Exactly the right amount of angst, with a chorus that just asks to be sung in chorus. Worst Song: Papercut. Pretty rough start to the album. Really makes me realize how much their music can be classified as "rap rock". Don't know how I never made that connection before. It feels obvious now. Overall: When I saw this come up I was excited because I thought I love Linkin Park. After listening to it, I realize I actually just kind of like Linkin Park. That approachable "edginess" and angst was really evocative to me when I was listening to this in my teens, but now I can see the parts that are a bit shallow, or a bit cheesy. Not to say that I think current Me has the accurate read on the quality of this album, but I think it needs to be appreciated by someone at a very particular phase in their life. This would be Holden Caulfield's favourite album.
Linkin Park's sound is very well-polished, but I found this album relentless and exhausting. Maybe that's the point; I just wish it let off the gas for a little bit. I hate to say it, but I think Limp Bizkit are a better nu metal band - at least they knew how to have fun and injected some variety into their albums.
I feel like I should like this more than I do. On the face it checks a lot of boxes that matches at lot of my favourite music. Heavy epic guitars, lots of texture, melodic soaring choruses. Sadly it just feels too one dimensional and paced. Too teenage angsty with the songs blending into each other. 'MOM, KNOCK BEFORE YOU COME INTO MY ROOM! They don't understand me...'
very heavy, in the end, crawling good songs too much screaming in it for me
Listening to this makes me think of what Nirvana might have sounded like if they let rap/hip-hop influence their style. Overall, I think the lyrics are pretty powerful even if I don't love the delivery.
Even though I classify this as angry white guy music it really does kind of slap. Growing up listening to it in my dads car likely plays a role.
this is my first time in a while visiting this one. i can totally see why people really like it, and i really liked a lot of it too - its hooks are really full, the instrumentation knows exactly what it wants to be, and some of the lyrics would be really crushing if they weren't absolutely meme'd to death (i told gannon this - in the end would have absolutely CRUSHED ME if i was a teen going through it in 2000) there are a lot of iconic tracks on this one - one step closer, crawling, by myself, in the end. it's a cultural staple for good reason, and it's a lot more artful in its anger than contemporary tracks like break stuff (fuck you, fred durst). it falls into some of the trappings that i hear with a lot of late 90s/early 2000s music - "we have computers! let's use the computers!" leads to some unnecessary sounds and effects throughout this one, especially on cure for the itch. unfortunately for hybrid theory, it will be forever cemented in the time period it came out in, so it will always be slightly corny, because rap rock is almost always at least slightly corny. sorry. some of the tracks are kind of same-y, too, like in the end and pushing me away, because the genre as a whole kind of limits itself. you rap, and you rock, and you yell, and you angst. it works well here, though, because linkin park is one of the two most insightful and creative groups of people to touch this genre (again, fuck you, fred durst. you suck) ((the other group is system of a down, by the way. all love to serj)). i think the reason i never fully got into linkin park when most people did (teenage years) is that when i'm angry, i listen to sad tracks - phoebe, sufjan, etc. so, i never really fully got the appeal of music like this, this more angry self-reflection. but, again, i can see why other people are really passionate about linkin park, because their work has the potential to really resonate. it falls in well with the other standards i usually find myself judging albums with - it's cohesive, it knows what it is, and it has memorable tracks and moments that i'll take away. while i don't personally see it as an "album i HAD to listen to before i died" or anything like that, i'm glad i revisited it through a critical lens, because i feel like i get it a lot more than the last time i listened.
Disclaimer: No, I was not swayed or paid by my Linkin-Park-stan boyfriend to say any of this. Truly is the epitome of "sounds like nothing else I've ever heard before," and it's a sound that can't be replicated by anyone else. It's not necessarily a sound that's really for me, but massive respect to Linkin Park for paving the way for such a creative combo of rap and rock. This sums up the year 2000 pretty well (sure, I wasn't alive yet, but just take my word for it).
CRAWLING IN MY SKEEEEEN THESE WOUNDS, THEY WILL NOT HEeeAL Album overall: 6/10
first time listening to linkin park and it wasn’t bad, nice i’m not a huge fan of them (as stated before) but this isn’t a bad album, i think they do a good job of staying consistent nd keeping the listener listening don’t think i’ll come back to it cause it reminds me of a high school bully i had but aside that it’s solid yeah
As with most heavy metal, a little goes a long way for me. They are pretty darn good though.
Holy cow so many Spotify streams! I had no idea how wildly popular this album was. Fun listen.
was a bit pounding for my day ... but I recall several songs. Not my cup of tea unless i was feeling rebellious...probably prefer other albums/artists for that. But lovely to be reminded of some of the songs and connect it to the band Linkin Park!
Entertaining, if rarely surprising, and follows the usual themes of feeling like an outsider, misunderstood and mistrustful of conformity. Of course, to get this huge, you have to play the record industry game a bit and so the rebelliousness pose starts to feel insincere. And boy is this album made with radio friendly play in mind - the production isn't spiky or punky at all but polished like a shiny new pin, but this does keep it fresh and satisfying. And it is of course difficult to listen to without thoughts of Bennington's passing. Who knows what that poor man was really going through, despite the honesty and rawness of his lyrics? Was there more that could have been done to help him reach some peace or did he need to continue re-living his trauma on stage and on record? One hopes his art and self expression did more help than harm - if not him personally then perhaps, maybe, amongst Linkin Park's fans.
Somewhat repetitive, but has enough little details a la the synth accents in ‘Points of Authority’ to show that some artistic effort did go into this LP. It’s definitely aged much better than other products of its time and still presents a decent listen.
Well, 1001 has told me that I don't like metal and I'm not crazy about rap, so I guess the writing's on the wall when it comes to a fusion of rap and metal. It's astonishing how many albums this sold!!! I guess if I was 14 when listening to their first album and my parents were listening to Fleetwood Mac, I could be drawn in. Some of the intros are catchy especially when the drums kick in.
Having two “lead” vocalists, one singer and one rapper, who play off each other is interesting. And there are quite a few of the heavy guitar riffs that I can get into. But those are not enough. I cannot get past the screaming choruses, chorii (?). Whatever the plural of chorus is, I wish there weren’t any on this album. Every time the the screaming starts, I want to run to turn this album off. The verses earn Stinkin’ Park an additional star for Hybrid Theory.
I saved this one for when I needed to stay up, which I guess helped but I was still able to chuckle. I was into Linkin Park in middle school and early high school tangentially through friends. This was (is?) pretty popular. Emo nu-metal-rap. I can't listen to it at all, it's pretty cringe these days. It's successful for what it does... but mehhhhhh.
Never actively listened to this before, though I'm sure I heard it incidentally back in its day. I was surprised this album wasn't longer, as it is peak CD era, but man it sure feels longer than it is. I gave it a fair shake but can't get into it... at all. This is cringe for me.
Never understood how it was so popular. few hits, but not my style at all
In the End is a great single and some other songs has that crossover potential that other bands like Evanescence exploited to great effect, but all in all I think the album is really weak and hasn't aged well at all. I guess you can see value in it if you were into them when you were a teen, but listening to it out of its time context is just awkward.
Okay not my style of music
I’ve never really liked this genre.
I adored this album as a teenager, but it has not aged with me. They are incredibly skilled, but it's sooo angsty and whiney. I see why I loved it, but for me this album's moment has passed.
Linkin Park was super cool when I was 20. 20 years later, not so much. Lyrically interesting but the music just doesn't do anything for me almost to the point of being annoying.
Nice bit of nostalgia, but not really my thing!
Linkin Park is a band that I have chosen not to listen to. I think I have known people who listen to Linkin Park, but we didn't talk about it. I couldn't have told you much about Linkin Parks music prior to this, but within the first couple of tracks I know why I chose not to listen to LP. This music is not for me. The combination of grinding guitars, record scratches, and shouted, growling vocals is not what I would choose to listen to.
To be fair to the band, I started off thinking it was utter juvenile trash. however, by the end I was battered into (almost) submission. Quite like the nod to rap, but unfortunately, overall it is not for me.
Not my thing at all. Rap metal doesn’t necessarily have to be bad, but it seems like every artist who tries it is accomplished at neither. I will say that some of these songs have decent hooks but overall, everything tends to run together, in the end it doesn’t even matter.
Sounds like Limp Bizkit.
first time i’ve ever intentionally listened to LINKIN PARK without Jay-Z involved. they really sound like The Lonely Island (or i guess that’s the other way around but i was born in 1999) and i kept waiting for the dick jokes to fly. sadly, they did not. not really my vibe, it felt like angry but not really directed at anything; maybe Rage Against the Machine without expressly my preferred politics. my favorite song was Cure for the Itch it was a little gem at the end for me.
Linkin Park arent really my bag: Fav: in the end
Another album of anthems for folks that loved rap rock. Not my style but I can see why they would have really enjoyed this particular album.
Kyllä tätä kuuntelee. Vähän kopionu suomen blind tsänneliä..siitä lähtee herroilta tähdet pois..
Two nu metal bands in a row! You wait 400 albums and then two come along at once. Where Limp Bizkit lacked any sort of maturity, this is only lacking in emotional variety. Every single song is 'my life is hard' which makes this album a bot one note, with the exception of their DJs tribute to DJ Shadow, which was a bit of a high point. Not awful, but very static.
I thought I might like this as accessible pop-metal, but it's so boring and generic that I actually hated it. Rating: 1.5/5 Playlist track: In the End Date listened: 20/06/22
Not my cup of tea. Don't like the vocals...actually, REALLY don't like the vocals. Don't like the crunchy guitar sound and overall production. Don't like the rap / rock hybrid style. Also find it curious that the "hit" In the End really sounds nothing like the rest of the album, vocals toned down, production toned down, find it kind of disingenuous. 1 star
I realized I was old when Linkin Park became a band that everyone loved. Spare me another venture of white suburban rap over heavy bass-y guitar metal riffs. I realize that Chester Copperpot was a big influence over a generation that followed mine and it seems he had a terrible childhood and wrote some amazing poetry. Sure there are some neat effects, and unique sounds in the production of this album. But I witnessed, and even enjoyed RUN DMC / Aerosmith, Public Enemy / Anthrax and the Beasties, but when the popularity of 311 hit, I knew I wasn't the intended audience of the garbage that would follow. Chalk that up to age I suppose, but aside from reggae, this has to be my least favorite genre.
je n’aime pas linkin park
It had its time and place... high school
Not in my edition of the book! 2000. 1.5 star. Shouty white boy rap metal noise. Gets tedious VERY quickly. Shame, as they seem to be adequate musicians. Not essential listening.
Didn't like this at all.
Why is this on the list
Slightly better than Limp Bizkit, much worse than everything else. Inessential.
Get stuffed. RIP Chester.
Awful. Unfair but this album/band comprises almost every single thing that I hated about turn-of-the-millenium nu-rock: massive wall of tuned-down guitars so overly compressed and processed within an inch of their lives that sound more like a steel factory than like guitars... and what.is.up with the Cookie Monster vocals - honestly wtf I never understood how that became a thing for a few years. Hard hard nope. I actually kinda get why some people would like this - but I can't get through this overly aggressive unrelenting assault. Did/could not finish. 2/10 1 star.
NONONONONO. no. no understanding as to why people like this. no.
I never were especially interested in Linkin Park when I was young, so I don't really have much nostalgic feelings for the act. I will admit that the hook/chorus to In the End is pretty good, but the song is, like everything else on the album, destroyed by the rapping and the atrociously aged production choices.