16 Songs, 53 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

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.

Parental Advisory: Explicit Lyrics. Mastered for iTunes

EDITORS’ NOTES

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.

Parental Advisory: Explicit Lyrics. Mastered for iTunes
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Ratings and Reviews

4.8 out of 5
520 Ratings

520 Ratings

Noble Kruz ,

Music is Therapy

Glad your still making music and can’t wait for the new album! I can tell it’s gonna be great! Chester would be proud

@Mikethemoose16 ,

Mike Shinoda Is Here,

Get ready world Mike is here and he’s coming for every artist

LocknRoller ,

A great look inside a greiving artist

Taking into account only 5 songs have been released at the time of writing this review, there are very promising signs that this will be a great album when it drops. I’m giving it 4 stars as there are still 11 songs yet to be released and will update the review at that time.

It is never easy for an artist leaving a band to go solo. Mike had released a side project (Fort Minor) so he has some experience however, losing Chester was something that could have broken him but somehow he has managed to capture his anger and pain that allows us to see inside an artist dealing with such a terrible loss. So many people have dealt with the loss of a loved one, being that of a family member or a close friend that make the songs so heartfelt.

Thank you Mike, for channeling your talent in such a positive way that can really help a lot of people who have experienced similar tragedies. For the people so angry that this isn’t a new LP style album let the band decide for themselves if LP should or could continue without Chester. Either way we have some great music to look forward too.

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