Just out today is "One More Light," the seventh studio album by Linkin Park.
The set has been preceded by the songs "Heavy," "Good Goodbye," "Invisible" and "Battle Symphony," which have generated controversy among fans for their mainstream pop flavor rather than Linkin Park's usual, er, heavy rock blend.
Co-frontman Mike Shinoda, however, tells us that he doesn't feel the group has gone too far off its usual mark: "With every album, with every song we're trying to challenge ourselves. We like to try new things. We want to explore new territory with the sounds and the songwriting, and this is one where...the question popped into my head, 'What would it be like to kind of approach things...with our arms wide open, wrapped around a larger audience and still make it 100 percent Linking Park and true to what we do?... We've always been about mixing styles; I mean, Hybrid Theory was the name of the our band before we changed it to Linkin Park."
The album finds Linkin Park collaborating with a number of outside songwriters and producers, more so now than ever before.
The group performed Thursday (May 18) on ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live" and begins a North American July 27 in Mansfield, Mass.
The group will also perform on ABC's "Good Morning America" concert series on August 4 in New York City.
Gary Graff is an award-winning music journalist who not only covers music but has written books on Bob Seger, Neil Young and Bruce Springsteen.