This post is a companion to my girlfriend’s recent post about her favorite album which was in response to a series of articles by The Guardian about their editors’ favorite albums. So, in the spirit of following the herd, let me tell you a bit about my favorite album.
Something to keep in mind is that this is supposed to be my favorite album, not necessarily what I think is the best album musically, but what I get the most enjoyment out of. So, without further ado, my favorite album is Hybrid Theory by Linkin Park. I seem to be in good company too. According to its wikipedia page, it is the best selling album of the 21st century selling over 24 million albums worldwide. Not too bad.
Hybrid Theory was the debut album of Linkin Park and was released in 2000. It made it as high as #2 on the Billboard charts, oddly never making number one on any international charts despite its strong sales. Four singles were released from the album: “One Step Closer”, “Papercut”, “Crawling”, and “In the End”. The album’s mainstream success and widespread radio play helped make the genre of Nu Metal popular, if only for a brief period of time. In simple terms, Nu Metal combines elements of other genres of music with that of hard rock.
The Cover Art:
- One Step Closer
- With You
- Points of Authority
- By Myself
- In the End
- A Place for My Head
- Cure for the Itch
- Pushing Me Away
Why it is My Favorite:
If you were to corner me at any random point in time after the release of this album and ask me what my favorite album is at that time, I would most likely not say Hybrid Theory. However, ever since I listened to this album it has stuck with me and is consistently one that would be in my top three at any point in my life. It is the only album I can think of that I know I can turn to and enjoy, no matter what my mood at the time. Many people no longer listen to Linkin Park anymore except if they are sitting through a Transformers movie, but I am proud to say that I am still a huge fan of this album. I don’t often pay much attention to lyrics in songs, so I won’t quote lyrics from the album like my girlfriend did (I would need to look them up), but I pay more attention to the musical elements, harmonies, rhythm, etc. The way that Linkin Park is able to combine elements of hip hop, rock, and remixing is nothing short of amazing. Without paying attention to what the lyrics say, it is easy to tell through the outstanding vocals that there are genuine and powerful emotions behind the words. So it was no surprise when looking up this album that I learned where Chester Bennington (the lead vocalist) drew his inspiration from:
The lyrical content of the songs primarily touches upon the problems that Bennington encountered during his childhood, including child abuse, constant and excessive drug and alcohol abuse, the divorce of parents, isolation, disappointments, and the aftermath feelings of failed relationships.