July 20th, 2017. A day that shook the music world with news that would change everything. The death of Linkin Park vocalist Chester Bennington had everyone react differently. The one thing we all know though is that no one expected it. Not even those closest to him. Fellow Linkin Park vocalist Mike Shinoda was silent for so long until October 27th, 2017, when Shinoda and other members of Linkin Park threw a tribute concert that had many of their friends join from the likes of Jonathan Davis from Korn, Olliie Sykes from Bring Me The Horizon and Gavin Rossdale from Bush. It all looked like they were getting closure that night. This album says otherwise.
The heart and sorrow shown throughout this album is impactful to say the least. It pretty much goes through the seven stages of grief and Shinoda takes us on that journey. The first two songs alone is enough to make any hardcore Linkin Park fan shed a tear. With recordings of phone calls from friends to Shinoda inbetween tracks, it shows how much support he had and how much he took on himself alone. “Over Again” is probably the quickest to impact as the lyrics themselves give a date on when the track was written. That date being the same date as the tribute show. As much as we can tell it’s about the trauma that Shinoda is going through with the loss of a dear friend, the chorus will speak volumes to those who have lost people close to them tragically.
Shinoda does have a few tracks that feature some other artists to support him. “About You” has hip-hop artist Blackbear join in. K.Flay also puts in a large role in the track “Make It Up As I Go” which really compliments what Shinoda portrays throughout the it. Other artists include Machine Gun Kelly and Deftones’s own Chino Moreno in ‘Lift Off‘ and artist Grandson in “Running From My Shadow”. Each and every support plays a pivotal role through their respective support tracks and, from what it seems, Shinoda’s recovery.
The one thing I will say to all fans of Shinoda and Linkin Park is that this album is very different to what you will be familiar with. It’s more the hip-hop side of things with late Linkin Park instrumental backings but there’s more heart in each track. That’s a hard thing to say about an artist who was one of the front and center members through what could be said to be some highly impactful albums of our generation (“Hybrid Theory” and “Meteora”). This album will make you think about everything and everyone around you whether you want to or not.
While this album may be somber and more of a way to bring closure to himself, Shinoda has given as an album that can also be celebrated. After having been asked if Linkin Park will continue constantly without an answer, we are at least getting something to succeed that which he grew with Linkin Park. It’s also his first solo album in 13 years and, hopefully, won’t be his last.
Shinoda will always be a name that helped shape music that we know today and “Post Traumatic” is the eulogy to all those years. Hopefully there’s a future as this album alone is one of the best albums to drop this year.
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