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June 26, 2014

Let’s hear one more ‘Meteora’

I’m literally sitting here, at 2:53 p.m. Thursday afternoon at the News & Eagle, unable to contain myself.

I mean, I’m giddy with excitement.

That’s because today, I get to write the column I’ve always wanted to write but keep forgetting about.

Trashing Linkin Park.

OK, maybe “trashing” is the wrong word. I’m not going to go out of my way just to disparage anybody.

But seriously, Linkin Park, what in the heck is going on?

Ever since your debut album, “Hybrid Theory,” and your even-better follow-up, “Meteora,” you’ve produced what ... three, four crappy albums?

I know, I know ... the band should get to play the music they want to play. And I get that.

But at the same time, you’ve got to play music your fans — and I mean the fans that have been with you since Day 1 — want to hear.

And that’s not this emo rock garbage you’ve been putting out ever since “Minutes to Midnight.”

That brings me to the band’s newest release, “The Hunting Party,” which arrived in stores June 13.

The album supposedly, allegedly, whatever word you want to use ... takes them back to their roots of “Hybrid Theory” and “Meteora.”

Umm, no. Not really. Not at all.

And yes, I have listened to it.

It’s  probably a little better than “Minutes to Midnight” or some of their other albums, but it really doesn’t sound all that different.

Hardcore Linkin Park fans (not the ones picked up during the “Transformers” movie era) want a return to the band’s real roots, their original sound. And that means more songs like “Somewhere I Belong,” “Lying from You” and “One Step Closer.”

How much would it hurt to give us one more album like that? Even if it’s just one.

So, from an original fan, I’m pleading ... begging, even ... for one more “Meteora.”

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