LINKIN PARK – One More Light [iTunes Plus AAC M4A] (2017)
LINKIN PARK One More Light
On April 11 2017, Mike Shinoda made this firm statement. And it reflects in the contents of the band’s seventh offering out, May 19.
Having made somewhat of a U-turn in 2014 with their previous record, The Hunting Party, the band has yet again decided to change course violently.
Opting for a more pop approach, LP have crafted a 10 track record (incidentally, the lowest track count on any of the band’s full length studio albums) and have put songwriting at the forefront of this project.
According to the band members, the songs on this record were created with the lyrics arriving first and the music forming around the words. Having had more or less the same line up since day one and being thoroughly familiar with each other, the group decided to collaborate with songwriters from outside the group for the first time as is evident from their lead single – the somewhat ironically titled, Heavy, which features writing contributions from Justin Tranter & Julia Michaels.
The album shares its name with the penultimate track which the band wrote after losing a friend to cancer.
In an interview with Kerrang! magazine, Mike explained the personal connection with the cover art. The children seen in the cover are those of a friend of the band and represent what the band members feel when their respective families get together. The photo was shot at Venice Beach by Frank Maddocks who has previously contributed to artworks for Deftones and Green Day’s Revolution Radio and Linkin Park’s own A Thousand Suns.
Check the album out below.