Post Traumatic

Post Traumatic

The 2017 passing of LINKIN PARK singer Chester Bennington had an understandably profound effect on the band's cofounder, Mike Shinoda. Part mourning, part venting, his solo debut, Post Traumatic is a raw representation of loss and helplessness, recorded in the moment. “I can hear in the tone of my voice," Shinoda told Beats 1 anchor Zane Lowe. "I knew where I was on that day.” The songs on the album reflect many moods—from tender (“Place to Start,” “Brooding”) to aggressive (“Lift Off,” “I.O.U.”)—all armed with Shinoda’s usual hybrid of hip-hop, electronic, and rock. There’s no censor here, especially on “Over Again,” when Shinoda tackles the stresses of Bennington's tribute concert, even confronting well-wishers asking what he’s going to do next: “You think it’ll be a challenge?/Only my life’s work hanging in the f**king balance,” he shoots back.

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