Linkin' Park - Re-Animation      
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written by Bomb 1st    
The song titles on this album are unique and sometimes confusing from the original track names.

I don't have a hard stance on the rap-rock music hybrid that seems to clog rock radio stations these days. Usually I listen to something and if I like it, then I like it. If I don't, I won't listen - I've never been one to discriminate against music styles. If anything I consider myself a fan of experimental music.

My interest understandably peaked upon hearing that the mega-success of 2001, Linkin Park, decided to send their debut album, "Hybrid Theory," through the blender and re-release it "reinterpreted." Most people call it a remix album, but whatever you want to call "Reanimation," the fact that it features numerous underground rappers and producers definitely had me in anticipation for the collection. The final product is an album that is more geared toward the hip-hop audience, while still tapping into the group's hard-rock style.

The album opens with "PTS.OF.ATHRTY," which doesn't stray too far from the original. A faster drumbeat is added to the track, giving it more of a techno sound. This is quickly followed by the great "ENTH E ND," featuring Motion Man with a cut up beat of the original by Kutmasta Kurt. Both the verse by Motion Man and the new lyrics by Mike Shinoda are tight, while the chorus is given more of a melodic tone. Those sick of the original will definitely dig it.

Alchemist produces "FRGT/10," a haunting rendition with a slowed down vocal sample for the chorus and a guest shot by Chali 2na of Jurassic 5. 2na rides the bassline perfectly, spewing lyrics with amazing precision and flow. The quality cuts keep coming with "PLC.4 MIE HAED," featuring Zion and "BY_MYSLF."

Three tracks not taken from "Hybrid Theory" appear here, two remixed from an early EP and one original, "X-ecutioner Style," basically a chance for Black Thought to shine, as he appears himself and rips a 90-second verse. Pharoahe Monch finishes off "H! VLTG3" with a flurry of words, showcasing his great level of breath control. Evidence provides the beat, and it doesn't disappoint. The other track is a faster version of their "ballad," "My December," a track that sometimes finds itself on rock radio.

While some of these songs rock harder than their originals ("WTH>YOU," featuring Aceyalone), others downplay the older versions ("P5HNG ME A*WY"). It isn't until the last two songs, the great remixes of "One Step Closer," featuring Jonathan Davis, and "Crawling," featuring Aaron Lewis, that the band refers back to their more rock-geared sound.

In any case, this album breathes life into songs that have been played out due to mainstream radio and will make you wanna pull out "Hybrid Theory" to listen to, whether you like "Reanimation" or not. Most should enjoy it; especially fans of the group or the MCs featured.

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