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Recharged - Linkin Park
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Release Info

Album: Recharged
Release Date: 25th October, 2013 (ANZ), 28th October (USA)
Label: Warner Music

Band Members

Chester Bennington
Rob Bourdon
Brad Delson
Joe Hahn
Mike Shinoda


Much of the nü-metal of the late-1990s and early-2000s staked its claim on being as oafish as possible, but Linkin Park were the nü-metal group you could bring home to mom — and still play while hanging out with your frat-bound friends — they were sensitive and smart, but they still yelled. They formed in 1996, in the Los Angeles suburb of Agoura Hills, around the core of high school friends Mike Shinoda, Brad Delson, and Rob Bourdon. Joe Hahn and Dave Farrell soon joined, as well as a singer named Mark Wakefield, who left by 1999, when the group was called Hybrid Theory. He was replaced by Chester Bennington, an Arizonan who'd been in a group called Grey Daze. Bennington's urgent style worked nicely with Shinoda's hip-hop-influenced vocals, and Hybrid Theory soon became Linkin Park. Their first album, fittingly, was titled after the band's prior moniker. Hybrid Theory (Number Two, 2000) was the best-selling album of 2001 selling nearly 5 million albums helped along by tireless road work. Shinoda oversaw Reanimation (Nubmer Two, 2002), a remix disc featuring several guest appearances (Black Thought of the Roots and Jonathan Davis of Korn, for two).

Linkin Park's next proper album, Meteora (Number One, 2003), continued the fusillade, with help from four Number one Modern Rock hits: "Somewhere I Belong" (Number 32 pop),"Numb" (Number 11 Pop), "Breaking the Habit" (Number 20 Pop), and "Lying From You" (Number 58 Pop). A year later, the group was tapped to back up Jay-Z on Collision Course (Number One, 2004), a "mash-up" album featuring a mix of lyrics and music from both artists. But after a period where the band members worked on outside projects, Linkin Park faced uncertainty for its third album — nü-metal had essentially died as a movement by the late2000s. Nevertheless, the band's Minutes to Midnight, co-produced by Rick Rubin, was triumphantly received, debuting at Number One and selling over a half-million copies its first week.

Recharged is 14 reinterpretations of songs from their latest album Living Things, which topped the UK and US charts last summer.

This album includes a remix of their top 40 single 'A Light That Never Comes' by acclaimed producer Rick Rubin as well as a Mike Shinoda re-working of 'Castle of Glass'.

Shinoda said: "After Reanimation I told many people I would never put together another album of remixes... but as I began to hear all the amazing reinterpretations of Living Things, I had to change my mind. The result, Recharged, is definitely worth it."

The concept of the record came from EDM producer and DJ Steve Aoki, who helped them with the initial ideas of 'A Light That Never Comes'.


24th October, 2013. By James Montgomery for MTV USA

Linkin Park's RECHARGED Isn't A 'Remix Album,' It's A 'Reinterpretation'

"It's a natural progression,' Chester Bennington says of Linkin Park's new album.

Remixes are nothing new for Linkin Park ... "Reinterpretations" are. So that's what they're calling the songs on the new ReCharge album, a collection of dramatically re-worked tracks courtesy of Steve Aoki, Pusha T, Rick Rubin and Tom Swoon (to name just a few).

The new album is most definitely LP's most audacious and adventurous to date. Though, as frontman Chester Bennington explained, he and his bandmates see it as less of a reinvention, and more of a logical extension of the territory they've explored on their last two albums, A Thousand Suns and Living Things.

"I think any of our songs lend themselves well to being remixed; I think it just comes down to being inspired to do it. There were some moments on the last record, where we kind of felt like we had come full circle," he explained. "We've established this identity of being a genre-less band, and so we figured we could take that even a bit further. We decided to let other artists come in and see where their vibe comes from ... and once we started working with artists like Steve Aoki and some of these EDM guys, it felt like a natural progression."

Truth be told, that progression actually began when Linkin Park released LIVING THINGS, as they offered free remixes to fans who bought the album through their official site. After reaching out to a host of artists, they began stockpiling tracks, some of which finally see the light of day on RECHARGED.

"We were kicking around this idea for a while; there's so much stuff going on all the time, but we always have the desire to do really cool things with the songs, and people kind of expect it now, you know?" Bennington said. "We've encouraged our fans to remix our songs, too. Ever since the beginning of this band, we'd put out LPs that people could go buy and they could mess with Joe [Hahn's] samples; we'd put out A capellas and instrumentals too. We want our fans to play with our music; it's kind of normal for us."

And while Bennington wouldn't say if these "reinterpretations" represent a roadmap of where Linkin Park are headed on the follow-up to LIVING THINGS — they're currently writing songs for a new album — he did say that they the sheer variety of the tracks on RECHARGED do paint a pretty accurate portrait of just how the band creates their songs ... a process that seemingly changes by the minute.

"Writing music in this band is like having a very intimate relationship with a schizophrenic, manic, bi-polar person," he laughed. "One minute, you're having a conversation with a person, the next, everything's changed, and they're throwing knives at you. We skip around like that, you know? I have no f---ing clue where the band is going to go, but I can tell you writing is going very well, and it's a very inspired time right now."