Hybrid Theory, the debut album of the popular American rock band Linkin Park, is debatably on of the band’s best album. Released October 25th in 2000, the album was certified as diamond as of 2010 with its 11 million copies sold in the United States alone. Not only that, but four of the twelve songs of this album became singles due to their popularity. However, it is not just because of the four singes that this album holds that makes this album worth listening to. The songs within this album are not only sound amazing, but they also delve into the complexities of the human mind an how it can persevere through so much. Track five is a prime example of that.
“Crawling” focuses on Chester Bennington’s personal experience with child abuse. Through this song he describes the pain he went through, both physically and mentally, and how he broke the cycle of pain. This song alone is able to at least attempt to describe the capability that the human mind possesses to overcome hardship. It is that ability, that raw emotion to survive that made this song a hit. That coupled with the story behind the song makes “Crawling” iconic.
The complexities of the album does not end there. In track one’s “Papercut”, and the albums third single, paranoia is the main focus. The song discusses what one goes through when they are paranoid. The constant looking over the shoulder, the second guessing, the pessimistic view, it is all there, written within the lyrics. While not a truly paranoid person myself, I know all too well how bad that feeling can be and I can only applaud the band’s understanding of the effects of paranoia and their ability to capture it in their song.
If that is not enough proof of the hidden message of the album is track eight; “In the End”. First off, this was the first song that I heard from Linkin Park and it will always have a special place in my heart. This piece has two equally plausible interpretations: a bad break-up or a break in the trust between once close friends. Throughout the song the singer is describing the pain that they felt because of the other person’s betrayal, even after all they did for them. Not only that, but this song also incorporates several stanzas of rap that fit in perfectly with the song, creating a rock and rap hybrid. Even if one does not look into the deeper meaning of the song, this song is truly worthy of being the fourth single of the album.
If songs with deep and hidden meanings is not something that you look for in a song, then that is fine. The album is still full of amazing songs that you do not have to “understand” to enjoy. There is even an almost completely instrumental song. “Cure for the Itch”, track eleven, is a compilation of various beats and rhythms. While not a huge instrumental fan myself, even I can’t deny the complexity of the song and its magnificence. The song’s various beats and rhythms melded together beautifully, creating a single entity that adds a since of diversity into the primarily vocal album.
Take track two’s “One Step Closer” for instance. Being the album’s first single, this song can be enjoyed without understanding the underlining meaning. Even without an understanding, this song made several rotations on MTV, making it an instant hits among fans. It fast pace rhythm coupled with its powerful lyrics make this song one for the memory books. Like the other singles that stemmed from this amazing album, “One Step Closer” has earned its place as a hit single.
Hybrid Theory truly is an impressive album. From it’s recesses, four his singles were created. It is a rare thing for an album to produce two singles let alone four. Even with those four being the most widely recognized, the rest of the songs in the album are still great. This album holds many amazing songs just waiting to be experienced. If you are ever in need of a new album to listen to, why not listen to the one that produced four hit singles.
Review By D.J. Adams