|As strange as it may seem, it definitely has elements of what I would call prog . Although they aren't super-talented musicians, and they don't go for the whole complicated chord stuff, the album has a very strong concept (OK, nuclear warfare isn't terribly original but I think it's done really well) and the pieces are very linked and some have quite an avant-garde feel to them. They have lots of very atmospheric interludes between the main songs, and a very nice edit of a Martin Luther King Jr speech in the song "Wisdom, Justice and Love". I might go as far as to say that they've gone slightly Floydish |
I would at least say that it's definitely an album album, rather than a songs album. And none of that annoying "me me me" "the world hates me" stuff that clutters the rest of their albums The lyrics are in fact, for the main part, much better, if you can listen to them rap (Oh yes I didn't mention that there was some imo tasteful () rap in there) such things as "Try to catch up mother#!*&er!" or "I'm not a robot, I'm not a monkey, I will not dance even if the beat's funky". I could listen to the former all day...
So I would rank this new incarnation of Linking Park right up there with the best on my iPod, but others will of course disagree.
And yes, my other 4 bands have all been just slightly proggy this last month (I'm actually just discovering Rush and Yes you see)