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"Reanimation" isn't better than "Hybrid" - last year's best seller - but it is different enough to justify a buy.“

“They have taken one of the most successful debuts in history and done more reconstruction on it than Michael Jackson's face.”

Five days ago I decided to visit my local music store to see what was new and left with Linkin Park: Reanimation in my hands. After having the label ‘Hybrid Theory’ burned on my CD player from so much use and thoroughly enjoying ‘Pts.Of.Athrty’ on MTV I was convinced to buy this album despite some bad reviews.

I was not disappointed…

Five days later the album is still playing and I have Linkin Park tunes in my head again.

It has been said many times that there is no good remix album yet in my opinion Linkin Park have defied this, dicing, slicing and reconstructing their award winning ‘Hybrid Theory’ to create a remixed hip-hop/metal/industrial monster so hard to categorise yet unmistakably recognisable.

The album in general has stronger hip-hop/industrial influences than ‘Hybrid’ but still has enough guitar crunch to keep most rock fans happy. The quality of the remixes is superb (with the collaboration of nu-metal’s Korn, Orgy, The Deftones and Staind, hip-hop's Kutmasta Kurt, Chali 2Na of Jurassic 5, Pharoahe Monch, The X-Ecutioners and more) and experimentation and originality is present throughout the entire album.

The generous 20-track record includes all songs from ‘Hybrid Theory’ remixed such as ‘One Step Closer’ featuring Jonathan Davis, ‘Crawling’ recreated by Mike Shinoda with the voice of Staind’s Aaron Lewis, ‘Pushing me away’ with Stephen Richards, Jay Gordon for ‘Ports of Authority’ etc. It also includes the non-LP cuts “Hi Voltage” remixed into a fully-fledged rap song with Pharoahe Monch and DJ Babu and “My December”.

This album is a must have for the fans but if you’re not into Hip-Hop or industrial music it may not be for you. If you’re not sure then try it out before you buy it.

Track Listing
1. Opening
2. Pts.Of.Athrty/Jay Gordon
3. Enth E Nd/Kutmasta Kurt Feat Motion Man
4. ^Chali]
5. Frgt/10/Alchemist Feat Chali 2na
6. P5hng Me A*wy/Mike Shinoda Feat Stephen Richards Of Taproot
7. Plc.4 Mie Haed/Amp Live Feat Zion
8. X-ecutioner Style Feat Black Thought
9. H! Vltg3/Evidence Feat Pharoahe Monch and DJ Babu
10. ^Riff Raff]
11. Wth>You/Chairman Hahn Feat Aceyalone
12. Ntr\Mssion
13. PPr:Kut/Cheapshot & Jubacca Feat Rasco and Planet Asia
14. Rnw@y/Backyard Bangers Feat Phoenix Orion
15. My Dsmbr
16. ^Stef]
17. By_Myslf/Josh Abraham and Mike Shinoda
18. Kyur4 Th Ich/Chairman Hahn
19. 1stp Klosr/The Humble Brothers Feat Jonathan Davis
20. Krwlng/Mike Shinoda Feat Aaron Lewis

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by Keeran Slade