Review: Linkin Park – Numb (Rock)

This review covers the nu metal rock track Linkin Park – Numb.

This track was released in 2003 on the album Meteora. Previously, we reviewed the track Faint and that track got a great score, so we thought we’d try this one as well to see if it is also a great one.

The track starts with an effect and a synth melody. Scratching is also present in this section as well. Some rock guitars come in as well.

From there, the track breaks down with the main vocals coming in for the first verse. The backup vocals also join in for some additional vocals.

After a feedback effect, the main chorus comes in with the lead guitars joining the track.

From there, the main vocals take the track into the next verse with some piano elements joining the track. Some scratching takes the track into the next round in the main chorus again.

The vocals then go into an additional verse with some added emphasis. After several drum hits, the track goes into the main chorus again with a string synth making an appearance. The synth melody then makes an appearance as parts of the main chorus is repeated. The main synth as well as a filtered drum kit then takes the track out.

One of the main strengths of this track is the highly meaningful lyrics. The pressure of growing up and the constant influence of being formed into someone else’s image is certainly reflected here. This is what makes the track so meaningful to a number of people as people can easily relate to the themes expressed here.

Another strength in this track is the vocals. Both the main vocals and backup vocals work so well together. The backup vocals are there to just give this track an added bonus. The main vocals work very well as they are both unique and strong in this track. So, a very well done aspect to the track.

Meanwhile, the guitar work is great and the various scratching and synth elements work so well to give this track variety. You get that full sound with all of these elements put together, yet the mastering is done well enough so that no elements really drown other elements out. The drum kit also helps with the transitions and gives just that added boost to the overall quality.

Overall, this is a great track. It has great vocals, great guitars, great synth elements, and great scratching. The piano work is also well done to give the track added variety in the quieter parts. It has lyrics that can be related to a lot of people. So, generally speaking, a great all around track.


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