Review: Linkin Park – One Step Closer (Rock)

This review covers the rock track Linkin Park – One Step Closer.

This track was released in 2000 on the album Hybrid Theory. We previously reviewed Papercut and In the End from the same album. Both tracks got a great score, so we thought we’d try this track to see if it just as good.

The track starts with a guitar. From there, some lead guitars and the drum kit come in. The vocals then come in for a verse. A subtle scratch is made here and there. The track then drops out as backup vocals make a brief appearance.

From there, both vocals and backup vocals take the track into the main chorus. After that, one set of vocals take the track into the next verse. The track briefly pulls back as the back up vocals make a solo appearance.

Some subtle feedback come in for a main chorus. In the next verse, the main vocals hit the shouting part. This is backed by some more prominent vocals. From there, the vocals take the track into a final round of the main chorus. A brief moment of an instrumental section comes in as the vocals then lead the track out.

One thing I do like is the overall mood expressed in this track. It really does a good job at just belting out that raw anger. This ultimately make this track a candidate for something for listeners to vent to.

The guitars have a very nice cinematic sound to them. This echos that rage expressed in the lyrics quite well.

The vocals are also nicely done. Even the shouting works nicely in this track. While there is a bit of a question mark on one of the lines in my heard, I think it works because you almost have that mental break because of that question mark. So, in this rare instance, that oddity in the lyrics works.

Overall, this is a great track. It features a well formed mood that consists of raw rage. The guitars, vocals and even lyrics works together nicely to build that overall mood. So, a great track all around.


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