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Review: New Linkin Park live album packs a punch of sorrow

By Marl Lemmedu, Associated Press
Dec. 20, 2017 at 6:15 p.m.

This image released by Warner Bros., shows "One More Light Live" by Linkin Park. (Warner Bros. via AP)

It's unescapably heartbreaking to listen to Linkin Park's new album. The reason is right there in the title: Live.

Five months after singer Chester Bennington hanged himself, the band has released "One More Light Live," an album to cherish even if some fans disliked the pop direction the group had recently taken.

Here, we get to hear again that unmistakable voice, both delicate and ferocious. Here, we get to celebrate a unique talent, even as we say goodbye.

"Who cares if one more light goes out?/In the sky of a million stars," Bennington sings in the fragile song "One More Light." He answers: "Well, I do." It's hard not to get emotional hearing him reaching out to someone in trouble and knowing his light would go out soon.

Recorded earlier this summer during the band's tour through South America and Europe, the album is naturally top-heavy with songs from the latest album, with seven of the 16 tracks pulled from "One More Light."

So it's not a greatest hits, but it still has essential Linkin Park tunes like "Crawling," "Numb," "In the End," "What I've Done" and "Burn It Down." (The only guest is Stormzy, who reprises his rap on "Good Goodbye.")

The last things we hear on the album are cheering crowds and feedback. The sorrow we add ourselves.

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