Pop CD: Linkin Park, Reanimation

(Warner Bros)

Where would busy nu metallists be without the remix album? While they are off touring, a remix of a current studio LP answers the demand for "new" product, and if the right modish producers are involved, it can enhance a band's reputation. They can even claim the finished item to be so different it comprises a whole new record.

So Linkin Park imagine. They are selling Reanimation, their remix of Hybrid, as an "experimental sonic fusion".

To their credit, they have rejigged arrangements, drafted in droppable names like Korn's Jonathan Davis and spacy MC Pharoahe Monch and added unreleased tracks. But the changes are mainly cosmetic: each track has been renamed (Cure for the Itch becomes Kyur 4 th Ich; Place for My Head is, annoyingly, Plc 4 Mie Haed), wracked guitars are replaced by whooshes on 1 Stp Klosr, while the Kutmasta Kurt-produced Enth E Nd errs on the side of hip-hop. The word is "stopgap".


Caroline Sullivan

The GuardianTramp

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