Remix albums are not for everyone and it’s no surprise for some people that this can lead them into thinking that all the band or artist wants is just money. It’s safe to say that Recharged by Linkin Park is a very mediocre release by the band. Fans of Linkin Park may appreciate the nice gesture, others maybe not so much. The problem with remix albums is that sometimes they ruin the original songs and tracks start sounding the same, eventually making them uninteresting and boring. It’s clear that not much effort has been put into Linkin Park’s Recharged and having a strong attachment to their old releases of Meteora and Hybrid Theory, it makes me miss their hard rock sound and how they didn’t use electronic music into their songs. There’s nothing wrong with trying something different and to be fair, Linkin Park did have a successful run when they released Living Things so if you’re pretty much open to anything exclusive and electronic, Recharged is something you might appreciate from the band.
A Light That Never Comes is the only new track from this release. The rest of the tracks are basically remixes of songs from Living Things and it’s pretty obvious that Recharged heavily focuses on elements of dubstep music. Although the remixes have been made by different people, it’s quite a lazy effort of a release because there are so many elements in the tracks that lack the thrill and excitement of dubstep music. Dubstep music can be done well if you use a variety of drops that not only keep listeners hooked but they get that ‘wow’ factor. The dubstep used in Recharged is quite mellow and chilled-out that listeners are prone to getting bored of the music and it makes it so much harder to listen to the album in full. It’s difficult because you forget what track you’re up to as each track just sounds exactly the same and there’s really no stand out remixes that are from this album unfortunately.
It’s disappointing to see Linkin Park release this because the album is nothing more than a filler. There’s no originality or anything interesting about the remix album. It’s full of dubstep music that doesn’t make sense and the arrangement of the tracks do not complement well with one another. To hardcore Linkin Park fans, a minority will think that Recharged is the greatest thing ever but at the end of the day, it’s nothing more than nonsensical dubstep music produced by people you’ve never even heard of. To be clear, Living Things, was a very good album release but it’s sad to see that Linkin Park decided that it would be a good idea to slap on some tracks on a CD, do a few remixes and title it as Recharged for the sake of it. They seriously would have been better off releasing a quality EP instead of a remix album and maybe then that could’ve taken them somewhere.