Kicking off the Best Buy Theater era with well-stylized heavy rock
As Linkin Park grows (deliberately?) more esoteric with each album, fans can count on a few constants. Namely, the group always delivers a well-stylized approach to heavy rock, one that neatly mixes metal, hip-hop and electronics without sacrificing pop hooks. The band's new record ("A Thousand Suns") may lack the aggression and angst of LP's early work, but it's also mature and atmospheric, and never boring...and thankfully, about as far removed from a 2000-era Limp Bizkit record as possible.
Tuesday night, the band debuted several new songs from "Suns" at New York's rechristened Best Buy Theater (formerly Nokia, and still pretty much the same layout as before). Even for a one-off show (no real tour 'til 2011), the band played it tight and cool. The early stuff ("In the End," "One Step Closer") raged; the new tracks (especially the soon-to-be-ubiqutious-power-ballad "Iridescent") challenged, and eventually won over the core fans. —Kirk Miller