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4.4 out of 5 stars Based on 29 Customer Ratings

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"An album you know by heart"
5 stars"

I can remember the first time I heard One Step Closer on the radio. It was described as a “Papa Roach” kind of sound. Of course, this was a small local station who played mostly oldies stuff and obviously didn't fully appreciate rock music.

I fell in love at first sight. Thereafter, the hits just kept rolling off this album – Crawling, With You etc. By the time the album came out in New Zealand stores I was dying to get my hands on it! To this day, I have never anticipated another album as much as I did this one, not even Minutes To Midnight.

This album is truely fantastic in the fact that I and many of my friends know every track – how many other albums do you get that? Linkin Park are truely a magnificent band and this was undoubtedly their greatest album to date. If you don't have this album, you have nothing.

1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.
"The one that started it"
5 stars"

I love this album and it really started Linkin Park on a great path. I enjoy all the songs and they were all ones I grew up listening to on the radio.

"Every track is unique. Like the album"
5 stars"

Everything is about this album is distinct and unique. With a primal sound you just know is linkin park. best album made to date.


Linkin Park: Mike Shinoda (vocals, programming, samples); Chester Bennington (vocals); Brad Delson (guitar, bass, background vocals); Rob Bourdon (drums, background vocals); Joseph Hahn (turntables, programming).

Additional personnel includes: Ian Hornbeck, Scott Koziol (bass); The Dust Brothers (programming).

Recorded at NRG Recordings, North Hollywood, California.

"Crawling" won the 2002 Grammy Award for Best Hard Rock Performance.

Linkin Park's mixture of metal, industrial rock, and rap fits comfortably into the niche created by the likes of Kid Rock, Korn, and Limp Bizkit. The opening "Papercut" is every bit as angular and unavoidable as its title. "With You" opens with electronic squeaks and squiggles before leaping into a mix of heavy guitar riffs and hip-hop rhythms. "Crawling" bears a largely subdued tone and atmospheric synth coloring that provides a respite from the crushing riffs and grinding rhythms that typify HYBRID THEORY, but even this relatively sedate song is full of tension and sonic angst. The five young men of Linkin Park are on a mission to communicate their inner turmoil through a non-stop barrage of confrontational lyrics and aggressive aural constructions, and their debut gets the point across with alacrity.

What the critics say...

Q (1/03, p.56) - Included in Q Magazine's "100 Greatest Albums Ever"
Q (1/01, p.111) - 4 out of 5 stars - "...Giving angst-ridden effective electronic spin....Throw in the contrasting vocal interplay of gruff rapper Mike Shinoda and crooner Chester Bellington, hooks you could land a whale with and Fred Durst-style earnestness and [the group] shine like the proverbial diamond in excrement..."
CMJ (11/20/00, p.22) - "...a solid hit machine, combining the catchy with the crisp, the melodic with the monstrous..."
Melody Maker (11/14/00, p.51) - 4 stars out of 5 - "...An absolutely storming debut....packing more punch than Lennox Lewis armed with a rolled up copy of well...Punch....Award this album the red baseball cap of merit..."
NME (Magazine) (1/13/01, p.35) - 6 out of 10 - "...There is innovation here..."

Track Listing:

Disc 1:
  1. Papercut
  2. One Step Closer
  3. With You
  4. Points Of Authority
  5. Crawling
  6. Runaway
  7. By Myself
  8. In The End
  9. Place For My Head, A
  10. Forgotten
  11. Cure For The Itch
  12. Pushing Me Away
Release date NZ
October 24th, 2000
Warner Bros Records
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