(Hybrid Theory, 2000)
Garry Mulholland, in his flawed but entertaining This Is Uncool, puts forward the theory that every band has one perfect single in them. This is probably Linkin Park's. This is just immense. I love the brutal growl of the down-tuned guitars, the light industrial ambience, the little piano riff at the beginning.
But most of all, this works because the chorus has a tune. Hear that guys? A *tune*. It works because you can *sing it*. This is pop. Sure, it's angsty, metallic edged, over-serious but it's still pop. Just ace.
And did you know that Hybrid Theory is the second best selling album of the noughties? Hmmm ...
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