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Linkin Park “Songs From The Underground EP” (2008) November 29, 2008

Posted by rawkfistmusic in 2008, Linkin Park.
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Written by Jake

Linkin Park is back, kids, and with a vengeance. Released along-side their newest Live DVD/CD, Road to Revolution: Live At Milton Keynes, Songs from the Underground is a collection of live recordings and songs formerly only available on LPU (Linkin Park Underground) albums. This 8 track piece of art is a little short, but dear God it tastes so good.

The first two tracks on the album, “Announcement Service Public” and “Qwerty” won’t be terribly new to the hardcore LP fans as live recordings of these two songs were leaked onto the internet last year. The only cool thing about them is that now they’re studio quality. Oh, and also, that makes them twenty times more badass.

You’ll also find some early LP favorites like, “And One” and “Part of Me” located here, both longer and recorded in the studio. “Part of Me” is the most notably lengthened, running hot at almost 13 minutes due to a bonus song placed at the end of the track (after 6 minutes of odd “phone static”).

I found the song “Hunger Strike” (Chris Cornell featuring Chester Bennington) to be the most interesting offering off of Songs from the Underground just because it was done incredibly well. It’s a Live recording, so the crowd goes wild when Chester starts singing, but his voice works so well with the song it almost sounds like Chris is stilling having at it.

“Dedicated”, a song presumably off of the infamous Xero Demo Tape, is one of the more surprising tracks. It might even rank in my top 3 of all time. Mike shows that he can pull this rap shit off once more, but even more than that it’s just a really good song. It’s catchy, it has lyrical depth, it’s very…Linkin Park.

“I Sold My Soul To Yo Mama”, while not a very long or impressive song, has one of the best titles I have seen in a long time. Don’t get me wrong, it’s fun to listen too, and it’s a great song, but I don’t think the overall feeling of the album would be hindered without it. The song just feels more like filler than anything else.

Also, might I say that Joe Hahn knows his fucking way around a record. ‘Nuff said.

I have saved the best for last. An old favorite, even, named, “My December”. Its appearance on Songs from the Underground is in Live format, but that just makes it all the better. The first time I listened to it (and the second, and the third, and as of right now the fourth) I melted. If I was a chick and Chester was singing that song to me I would tap that. Right there, right then. I would yank his pants off and fuck him all night long. For some reason unknown to me, this recording just has something more to it. It feels right. Mikes backup vocals, as a side note, probably have a major part in this effect.

The Point – Songs from the Underground is a fantastic epic to tide us LP fans over until 2009 when they release (hopefully) their next album, and is well worth the 10 bucks you’ll spend on it. It’s a little short, but you don’t notice this unless you step back and take a good long “think”. The say the least, Songs is impressive.

4.5 out of 5

Download this – “My December (Live 2008)”

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