All Linkin Park Songs LOOK The Same


12. Aug. 2007, 16:57

As if we didn't already know, here's the proof:

What I've Done


Somewhere I Belong



Lying from You

It's too funny not to point and laugh at!!

Each image above shows the audio level in (roughly) the first 90 seconds of a Linkin Park song. The tempo has been adjusted for a few tracks for better visual alignment.

What this goes to prove is just how generic and formulaic Linkin Park are... or a lot of music from a lot of genres, come to think of it.

Listen to enough mainstream music on a daily basis and it's hard not to start feeling bored with the fascinating intro, followed by the oh so surprising start (not), followed by a bit of filler till you get to the chorus, which is usually, what, about five words on repeat?

Basically, you know the whole song within the first 30 seconds. The rest is more of the same. If you're unlucky, the first track on an album sets the scene, the rest is more of the same. And if you're really musically illiterate, the first song on the first album sets the scene, the entire discography from that point on is just more of the same. I give you Linkin Park as a prime example, but also throw in The Strokes because they illustrate the point even better.

From a punter's point of view, if we're just after some sonic wallpaper, this is enough. A bit of a hook here, a catchy melody there, they make money, we have a laugh. Job done. In this sense, they're the commodity, we're the consumers. It's not music, it's merchandising. This is what the music industry is all about. They seduce us into buying the same song in various guises over and over again. Not only that, they make us think it's a good idea. Is there any other industry that gets us to buy the same thing again and again? On this scale?

*gets off soap box, dusts it down, ready for the next person*

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  • macriti

    i think its quite easy to understand.. Mike's rap is lower part, and Chester's screams are high part.. and they usually start with telling rap and following with screaming.. it's(was) their style.. but pics are really funny)

    12. Aug. 2007, 17:35
  • ArtBear

    Haha, Great find! I don't think I have heard Linking Park, but I think this formula could fit about any pop-metal band.

    12. Aug. 2007, 23:00
  • Babs_05

    You probably have heard some Linkin Park, if only on instore radio while you shopped. They've been pretty mainstream for most of this decade, and therefore unavoidable. Having said that, I still haven't heard the Umbrella-la-la song in full! Yayyy me! : )

    12. Aug. 2007, 23:11
  • maplejet

    That's sadly a flaw for LP. Compared to other nu metal/alt metal bands out there, there are probably more deeper bands out there where songs follow different formulas. LP knew they needed to change on the third album, but they made way too much of a change into ballads.

    13. Aug. 2007, 5:27
  • reiced

    Lol you're comparing all the songs that sounds similar, of course it'll look similar d'oh.

    13. Aug. 2007, 8:49
  • neverwake

    One can only hope they listen to their fans before releasing another 'experimental' album and losing all of them. And you're right, they needed to change, since their style of music had all but died. MTM is definitely a very different album from their first two, and comparing the song structures in it wouldn't give you such nice matching pictures.

    13. Aug. 2007, 15:11
  • oliver97point1


    14. Aug. 2007, 0:46
  • IanAR

    Since I've not recently consumed a bath-full of LSD, I'm having trouble seeing how this's relevant to 3 Mustaphas 3 :P Ian

    14. Aug. 2007, 1:25
  • Babs_05

    I like to live dangerously. :P

    14. Aug. 2007, 2:56
  • Babs_05

    Uh-oh. I was hoping you wouldn't see. :'D Right, well, after the deep discussion you and I had last year, and I went away and listened to The Strokes' first album again, (as promised), I kind of didn't change my mind, sort of thing. I tried really hard to hear what you were hearing, I really did, as you put your argument across so well, but in the end, I went back to my original opinion, which was 'heard one, heard them all'. See, thing is, what I can't forget is the day I was round at my friend's, who had just acquired said album, and he wanted to play me a track he liked, except he couldn't find it because he couldn't work out which one it was. I had to bite my lip so I wouldn't smile. (What's the betting he realises who I am now and remembers the day and then finds this journal and then batters me?!?)

    14. Aug. 2007, 4:26
  • Babs_05

    Noooooo! This wasn't meant to happen. Nooooo! Nooooo! Not more Strokes. I won't survive. I won't be able to breathe. I'll go off my food. ...actually... that's not a bad idea ... where are the songs?? I'm back in my pre-Christmas clothes from last year, let's go a dress-size further! :D:D:D Have you done covers of them? Do covers and I'll watch you on YouTube. Good idea?

    15. Aug. 2007, 1:19
  • Dranix

    The most of the tracks are premixed by themselves in their little studio, and they are using a sound with a lot of mids... so its nothing very special I think, you can compare with a lot of bands u won't find many differences(depending on your musical preference) many songs with an aggressive mid sound, and an intro which is a bit more silent ;), like their style actually is... and then some shouts, which do almost always look like this, its just typically and nothing special. What you compared is just the volume ;), nothing else. I don't get at all whats so special about it. You also can find some techno or trance songs, jazz or music of almost any other genre (hey brutal death metal is just one big line ^^, maybe you should compare these ;)) but thats the way many songs are builded up. Don't get me wrong, Its just the way it is ;)

    15. Aug. 2007, 1:58
  • Babs_05

    Ok, just for you. : ) ... I let it finish and just sat and listened. Not bad. You're right, it's not like all the others, ... but it's just one song out of how many?

    15. Aug. 2007, 20:36
  • Aioth

    I'd also be interested in a visual comparison of some Strokes songs.

    18. Aug. 2007, 6:47
  • gifool

    I third that. I used to like Linkin Park (Numb is still listenable), but then I turned 14. Listening to some of the stuff I used to listen to in late primary school and early high school makes me shake my head. The problem is, a lot of the people I go to school with now listen to: Justin Timberlake, *NSYNC, Backstreet Boys, Asian opera (eurgh), soundtracks of Disney movies, various emo and garage rock bands etc. Its quite disturbing that so many people's music taste will never evolve past listening to the shit that is forced into your ears on the radio/in the mall/at movies. I cannot believe that their musical taste suffers from such severe tunnel vision and that they think the songs actually sound different. (Btw I think the JT/NSYNC/BSB thing is due to my school having a high concentration of Asian guys who seem to love that stuff - anyone who can explain this phenomenon to me, please do.) I went off topic a bit, but I think that songs sounding the same goes to the heart of mainstream music and what most people listen to, which is the same familiar stuff over and over. In fact, it doesn't necessarily have to be pop, if your older brother listens to metal all the time, then you might end up listening to lots of metal and never listen outside of that genre. Anyway thats my overly-large 2 cents.

    24. Aug. 2007, 7:39
  • joanofarctan

    This is as good a piece of graphical evidence as I've seen in terms of showing the formulaic nature of contemporary pop music, though i suspect you'll find similar amplitude patterns in a whole range of compositions, including classical. Perhaps not to this extend though :)

    5. Okt. 2007, 11:39
  • erikfrey

    What a great post! I wonder if the songs are similar enough that they could be audio-aligned.

    5. Okt. 2007, 11:39
  • quasar3c273

    ohh, there’s an old thing with Nickelback, when some guy took one hit in the left channel and another “hit” in the right channel.

    5. Okt. 2007, 12:25
  • eesn


    5. Okt. 2007, 12:38
  • wmterhaar

    Ok, so Linkin Park's songs are similar, but does that automatically mean their crap? Now, as it happens I don't like LP at all, but there's a lot of great artists who have more or less only one song e.g. Ramones, AC/DC, Bad Religion & John Lee Hooker.

    5. Okt. 2007, 13:29
  • wellwhoopdedooo

    What I think is worse is how overcompressed those songs are. I mean, at least Linkin Park is just a bunch of kids... but those tracks were mastered by a professional. And I can't see from the waveforms, but I'd bet dollars to dohnuts every song has spaces where 20 samples in a row are clipped. Yay for the loudness war! Sorry to steal your post about derivative music, but I think shit mastering goes hand-in-hand.

    5. Okt. 2007, 22:47
  • Celuie

    Well, it´s the same as with Hollywood Movie Pattern Concepts, no....! ;)

    7. Okt. 2007, 21:09
  • Babs_05

    Discussion in blog: here

    16. Okt. 2007, 18:18
  • Babs_05

    Picked up by MOMI: here.

    16. Okt. 2007, 18:20
  • littlemaribr

    i'm interested to see the same comparison using the strokes songs... (well, another strokes fan)

    18. Okt. 2007, 0:29
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