Verdict: 2.5 / 5
Recharged is Linkin Park’s second remix album the other being Reanimation. This time around the band decided to jump on the dubstep and EDM wagon and fiddle with songs off their last album, ‘Living Things’. Guest artists on the album include Rad Owen, Money Mark Steve Aoki, Pusha T and Bun B. With so many hands twisting knobs and splicing the music it is small wonder that the album is not as good as it could be.
‘A Light That Never Comes’ is the sole original song on the album. Linkin Park fans will be happy when they hear that the song harks back to ‘Hybrid Theory’. ‘Castle of Glass’ has a cool beat but even on ‘Living Things’ it was a mediocre song and due to its electronic aspirations it carries on ad infinitum. Remixed by Killsonik, ‘Lost in The Echo’ is a bass heavy Skrillex clone, that feels like it is trying too hard to be part of the musical ‘in crowd’.
‘Victimized’ starts with tasty drum and bass beats and Chester’s heavy screaming combines well with the craziness of the music. ‘I’ll Be Gone’ distills hip hop and electronic samples, Pusha T’s rapping helps make a slightly over mixed song more cohesive. ‘Lies Greed Misery’ is all over the place, a song that is ripped apart by fingers that did not know when to keep it simple. It leans more toward dubstep, but not in a good way. There are too many breaks and beats jumping in and out, too many vocal samples and musical changes to make the song sound settled. ‘Roads Untraveled’ has a good melody but is marred by Euro trash/Ibiza beats that make it sound somewhat cheap. Bun B has excellent rhymes towards the middle section though.
‘Powerless’ is the most successfully produced song. The melody is strong and the fiddling and remixing actually adds to the song. The beats are infectious; the song is transformed into a good party track, with catchy keyboard melodies. The only drawback is the length of the song; it carries on for far too long. ‘Burn it down’ is similar to ‘Powerless’ in that it also translates into a good dance track via Tom Swoon.
‘Until it Breaks’, ‘Skin to Bone’ and ‘I’ll Be Gone’ are not as catchy as one would have hoped. They revert the album back to its dubstep aspirations but because the songs are lacklustre at their core, even when remixed they are still average.
‘Recharged’ grows on you after repeated listening and there are some good remixes and guest rappers on it. What hurt the album are too many songs that were never that good even before remixing. Electronic songs are prone to being long but here they could have done with being shortened. Lastly, the album suffers from remix syndrome, where albums have songs that were unnecessarily reimagined leaving it sounding cluttered and over produced.