Linkin Park - Wretches and Kings
It isn't a secret for some of you, but Linkin Park are my favorite musical act. Ever. I discovered them at 12yo or so when watching AMVs on YT and was hooked ever since.
Quite the mainstream choice, for a kid born in the late 90s you'll tell me. You'd be entirely right, but what can I say? Between the mix of genres, catching choruses, and their tendency to always experiment it was a set deal.
Many people actually like them for the lyrics, but as a French kid I couldn't have cared less at the same time. The vocals and whole beat though? They were made for me. Nothing makes me want to scream, run and jump as much as a LP song.
Imagine my surprise then when the other day I heard on the radio that LP dropped a new song, Lost. It was even more surprising when, after a quick check on YT, I learned that it was a song recorded at the same time as Meteora back in 2003. We were blessed with a brand new Linkin Park song, with Chester's vocals
, in the old vein. Even if it was far from being a favorite, I knew I had to send it.
However, as you can see, I didn't send Lost. After listening to that new song, I decided to go once again on a LP spree and by listening to an album I barely paid attention to before : A Thousand Sun. I actually don't remember if I have ever heard Wretches and Kings before, it is definitely one of the lesser-known Linkin Park songs, but once I did I had my entry chosen for me. This track is more focused on Mike Shinoda's rapping than Chester's usual vocal performance but I absolutely love it. There's something raw in the instrumental, especially in the last quarter of the song.