Well, to be honest, they made my ears happy with Hybrid Theory. My ears were still happy with Meteora (though, to be honest, Meteora was more like a continuation of Hybrid Theory). By the time Minutes to Midnight came out, Linkin Park was sounding like a cheap photocopy of their previous selves. Kind of like a band trying to sound like Linkin Park.
The artwork was still pretty cool though.
So, I've been hanging around, faking some sort of interest about their upcoming "Thousand Sands" out of some sense of fan loyalty, while all along, I've known that pretty much, I'm just hoping to get some new cool Linkin Park Artwork.
So, when I heard Waiting for the End, I cried.
Well, I didn't cry, but it made me happy enough to consider crying.
I suspect this song is going to polarize their fans. They're probably going to lose a HUGE section of their fanbase because this song contains:
- No rap from Shinoda
- No screamo from Chester
- A distinctly reggaeton sound
But I love it. For the first time in a while, I feel like I'm hearing honesty from the band. They've decided to do what they want to do, and forget trying to please the fans. I guess it must be tough when your job depends on making millions of people happy. I suspect it is easy to forget what makes you happy, and get so caught up in keeping the anonymous masses (and record labels) happy.
But this song, though one of their saddest musically, and lyrically, seems to have been played with the joy of being honest about doing something they like.
So LP, thanks for being so brave.
Watch Waiting for the End here.