LIVING THINGS is the fifth studio album from Linkin Park and is set for release on the 26th June 2012. The album is the follow up to A Thousand Suns which saw a release in September 2010, making this the shortest turnaround time for a Linkin Park album ever. The album is once again co-produced by Mike Shinoda and Rick Rubin who also shared the responsibilities on their previous two albums, Minutes To Midnight (2007) and A Thousand Suns (2010).
The album was officially announced on April 16th, 2012 to coincide with the release of the album's debut single BURN IT DOWN. The album artwork, track list and pre-order details were all posted in succession of each other making it the first time Linkin Park have co-released the debut single along with it's respective album details. “Burn It Down “is quickly making its way to the airwaves of our No.1 English local radio HitzFM and is expected to climb the charts soon in all radio stations! Linkin “ Burn It Down” has garnered over 4 million views on YouTube just after premiering it for 2 weeks!
The title LIVING THINGS was first discovered via a series of puzzles leading up to the BURN IT DOWN single release. The title of the album has been described by Mike Shinoda as a comment on the personal issues the album deals with: "We chose the album title 'Living Things' because it's more of a record about people. It's more about personal interactions. On the last few records we've had an interest in global issues and social issues and those things are still around, there are certainly traces of them, but this record is far more personal."
Mike Shinoda has described LIVING THINGS as a "firecracker" record filled with quick stand-out tracks stating that LIVING THINGS is "not a concept record. It's a song based record". The band have also touted LIVING THINGS as a foundation of all of the band's previous work, a collective use of all of the "tools in their toolbox" which allowed the band to be "comfortable in their skin" for the first time, by embracing both the past and present of Linkin Park.
The album will contain 12 tracks and is as follows:
01 LOST IN THE ECHO
02 IN MY REMAINS
03 BURN IT DOWN
04 LIES GREED MISERY
05 I'LL BE GONE
06 CASTLE OF GLASS
08 ROADS UNTRAVELED
09 SKIN TO BONE
10 UNTIL IT BREAKS
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