Hope For The Linkin Park 2017 CD!

In the Linkin Park 2017 soap opera, hope may be on the horizon.   Fans of the longtime Nu-Metal band have been overwhelming trashing the band’s transformation to a more poppy and less guitar-based style on their first two pre-release singles, “Heavy” and “Battle Symphony”.   This week a lyric video accompanied their third new song, “Good Goodbye”, for their upcoming May 19th release of One More Light on Warner Brothers.   No one is going confuse “Good Goodbye” with the aggressive style of “Crawling” or the sheer power of “Numb” or even the majesty of “The Catalyst”, but Linkin Park may be on to something here.  Maybe not the Linkin Park we all fell in love with but it does feel like it would fit in nicely on a new Fort Minor CD (which desperately needs to happen, Mike!).   Although, Chester Bennington is the lead vocalist on “Good Goodbye”, you can feel Mike Shinoda’s hip hop influence all over the new track.  In fact, the cameos by rapper Pusha T and UK Grime artist Stormzy remind us of songs like “Remember The Name” on the debut Fort Minor album.  Chester told RockSound.com, “We feel like we’re pushing ourselves creatively. If we write a bunch of pop songs that suck, we’ve definitely taken a wrong turn, if we write a bunch of metal songs that suck, we’ve taken a wrong turn.”    Chalk up “Good Goodbye” as the best of the bunch so far.