It’s the start of a new era for alternative music as more bands shift from their roots and take risks.
Linkin Park‘s latest album ‘One More Light‘ is a classic example of deep-rooted alternative bands becoming more genre-neutral and taking risks. With every album release since ‘Hybrid Theory’, Linkin Park have gone from being nu metal to alternative rock to electronic rock to alternative metal, and currently to electropop with this newest one.
Although the band have constantly changed their sound, there have always been comparisons to their first ‘Hybrid Theory’ album with every release, making this genre leap seem relatively drastic and leaving most fans disappointed. This new album explores a range of electronic and pop (and hip-hop) styles musically and lyrically from collaborations with artists such as pop singer Kiiara, writer Ilsey Juber, and rappers Stormzy and Pusha T. However, it is not completely void of the rock genre with underlying layers of guitars and drums, courtesy of band members Brad Delson, Dave Farrell and Rob Bourdon, making this album their “most diverse stylistically” as said by the band’s Mike Shinoda.
Artistic evolution is inevitable for bands like Linkin Park who have been around for nearly 20 years. And although there is a decline in the popularity of alternative music, there is also rise of new alternative bands now taking over the scene. So in the end, does it even matter?
Written By: Shirley Stephen.