Mike Shinoda released 'Post Traumatic' on June 15th, 2018 via Warner Bros. Records; the sixteen track album is on tour this Fall throughout the U.S. up until November 17th, 2018 culminating at Silver Spring in Maryland. Our review of the album includes our first impressions of all the music videos released in promotion.
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Pitchfork wrote in a 'Post Traumatic' review, "On October 27, 2017, three months after the suicide of their bandmate Chester Bennington, the surviving members of Linkin Park played a tribute concert at the Hollywood Bowl." The video mentioned is embedded above and below courtesy of Linkin Park official YouTube.
1. "Place to Start:" This song is written from the heart; the MV features Mike Shinoda directly projecting his vulnerable lyrics introducing 'Post Traumatic.' Towards the end of the song and video we embrace shock and grief; voicemails left by Shinoda's loved ones are sampled in contrast with footage of a child's room.
2. "Over Again:" Another home made video is welcomed as a sequel; this song and video initiates an internal dialog. The hook, "Sometimes- you don't say goodbye once - you say goodbye over and over and over again" is flipped by a harsher Fort Minor reminiscent delivery, "What (are) they saying, I’m not raw? What the fu*k you take me for? All the sudden you hear what I’ve said a hundred ways before? I been pushed, I been trapped - Drug myself through hell and back -."
3. "Watching As I Fall:" No longer is this a progression of home-videos, here; Shinoda introduces himself as a filmmaker for 'Post Traumatic.' This video adds dynamic flashbacks to hand-held vlogging; his signature is in the editing.
A candid monologue greets us at the end of this music video where Shinoda explains: "It's been coming up four months since Chester passed away; the holidays are going to be hard." Shinoda adds, "It's stress. I open my phone - everything I read on the news from stuff inside the country; and stuff outside the country; weird racist... garbage, chaos... It's hard to even just set up an appointment to go to the doctor in the midst of all the chaos."
4. "Nothing Makes Sense Anymore:" Incredible; the cinematography has evolved to encompass striking nature videography including fire, desert and forest. It's apparent that this album is a visual chronological web-series; directed by Shinoda.
5. "About You" [feat. blackbear]: This is a strong collaboration; the beat is built for the club and the hook is memorable. This music video must have been filmed during a tour abroad as we see the skyline of Hong Kong behind Mike.
6. "Brooding": Different than the rest of the visual album so far, this music video stars talent Nic Walton; the narrative features the actor in limbo within the confines of an isolated ocean shore; the figure ultimately climbs in-land.
7. "Promises I Can't Keep": Back to Mike Shinoda, each lyric in this MV introduces a new background that is seamlessly edited to match each other: alternating nature and architecture cinematography synchs together with the beat.
8. "Crossing A Line": Talking to fans across platforms, Mike shares a more youthful song and music video; embracing happiness from surpassing grieving.
10. "Ghosts:" Mike expresses, "If I wake up and feel good; I shouldn't feel guilty about having fun."
11. "Make It Up As I Go" [feat K. Flay]: Another strong collaboration; in terms of avant-garde this is the best music video out of the album.
12. "Lift Off" [feat Chino Moreno & Machine Gun Kelly]: Behind the scenes in studio.
14. "Running From My Shadow [feat grandson]": This beat, song and music video is fun; I'm truly in awe of the energy behind producing this entire series; so cool to experience!