Living Things

~ Release group by Linkin Park

Album

ReleaseFormatTracksCountry/DateLabelCatalog#Barcode
Official
Living Things (Japan edition)Enhanced CD13
  • JP2012-06-20
Warner Bros. Records (1958–2019; “WB” logo, with or without “records” beneath or on banner across)WPCR-144964943674118588
Living Things (mastered for iTunes)Digital Media12
  • US2012-06-20
Warner Bros. Records (1958–2019; “WB” logo, with or without “records” beneath or on banner across)093624950431
Living ThingsDigital Media12
  • US2012-06-20
Warner Bros. Records (1958–2019; “WB” logo, with or without “records” beneath or on banner across)093624950448
Living ThingsCD12
  • XE2012-06-22
Warner Bros. Records (1958–2019; “WB” logo, with or without “records” beneath or on banner across)9362-49504-8093624950486
Living ThingsCD12
  • GB2012-06-25
Warner Bros. Records (1958–2019; “WB” logo, with or without “records” beneath or on banner across)9362-49500-7093624950073
Living ThingsCD12
  • US2012-06-26
Warner Bros. Records (1958–2019; “WB” logo, with or without “records” beneath or on banner across)531345-2093624950486
Living ThingsCD12
Warner Bros. Records (1958–2019; “WB” logo, with or without “records” beneath or on banner across)WKPD-02578809355970035
Living ThingsCD12
Warner Bros. Records (1958–2019; “WB” logo, with or without “records” beneath or on banner across)2-531345093624950486
Living ThingsCD12
Machine Shop Recordings, Warner Bros. Records (1958–2019; “WB” logo, with or without “records” beneath or on banner across)WBCD 22936001212437237
Living Things (Australian tour edition)2×CD12 + 6
  • AU2013-02-11
Warner Bros. Records (1958–2019; “WB” logo, with or without “records” beneath or on banner across)93624945399340650015087
Living Things +CD + DVD-Video12 + 18
  • US2013-03-22
Warner Bros. Records (1958–2019; “WB” logo, with or without “records” beneath or on banner across)
Living Things +CD + DVD12 + 17
  • XE2013-03-29
Machine Shop Recordings, Warner Bros. Records (1958–2019; “WB” logo, with or without “records” beneath or on banner across)9362-49450-0093624945000
Living ThingsVinyl12
  • XE2016-06-03
Warner Bros. Records (1958–2019; “WB” logo, with or without “records” beneath or on banner across)9362-49211-2093624921127

Relationships

remixes:Recharged
associated singles/EPs:Burn It Down
Castle of Glass
Lost in the Echo
Powerless
included in:Studio Collection
Discogs:https://www.discogs.com/master/448939 [info]
reviews:DE: B007UQ5Z1G [info]
https://www.bbc.co.uk/music/reviews/zn6m [info]
other databases:https://rateyourmusic.com/release/album/linkin_park/living_things/ [info]
https://www.musik-sammler.de/album/537464 [info]
Allmusic:https://www.allmusic.com/album/mw0002357741 [info]
Wikidata:Q13172 [info]

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In 2010, without anyone really noticing, Linkin Park released one of the most innovative and astounding albums of the year. A Thousand Suns was not so much a collection of songs as a tapestry of sound that sometimes veered, sometimes glided, between the confrontational agit-pop of Public Enemy and sombre, expectations-eschewing acoustic selections.

On its sleeve notes, the group bent over backwards to explain that this was no ordinary body of work; and in doing so suggested that this was a band with no faith in the intelligence of those who paid money into their bank accounts. But even allowing for this slightly patronising stance, A Thousand Suns was a body of work startling enough that it gambled with the massive commercial success the group had achieved since their debut album, 2000's Hybrid Theory.

Living Things is not an album of the same calibre as the one it succeeds. Whereas the promise of that album suggested that Linkin Park may have been on the way to becoming mainstream radio's Radiohead, the feel of this follow-up gives the impression that quintet have pulled back from this brink.

While it's impossible for an outside party to guess at a band's motivation when recording new songs, to these ears Linkin Park are not trying as hard as they once did. That's not to say that Living Things is a lazy album - in fact, far from it. Songs such as the pimp-rolling Lies Greed Misery and the electronic monster-balladry of Powerless are pieces that showcase this band's approach that tracks are not so much composed as they are constructed.

With this architecture in place, overseen by bandleader Mike Shinoda, Linkin Park will always be a compelling and watchable entity. But Living Things doesn't deliver music as interesting or as arresting as what immediately preceded it. Which comes as both a surprise and, more importantly, a shame.