Review: Mike Shinoda | Post Traumatic EP

I think I can speak for all Linkin Park fans when I say that I have been anxiously awaiting LP to release new music. Given the circumstances with Chester’s sudden passing in July, I figured that day might never come. But yesterday, Mike Shinoda dropped his EP Post Traumatic and I have to admit; it hits home.

The first song off the EP “Place to Start” is a solemn song, with lyrics like “feeling like I’m living in a story already written” and “I don’t want to know the end, all I want is a place to start.” The song is relatively short at 2 minutes and 13 seconds. But, the outro is what I think really tugs at the listeners heart strings. It ends with various voice messages from friends/family of Mike’s after Chester’s passing, calling to send their condolences and to check in on him. It brought a tear to my eye.

The song “Over Again” reflects on the commemorative show that took place in October at the Hollywood Bowl. Out of the three songs on the EP, I felt like this was the most raw and really tuned into Mike’s feelings. I watched that Hollywood Bowl show live on Youtube, and I sat in my bedroom crying. The emotions of the fans and band members really strikes you, and to hear how he was feeling that night just gives more power to the emotions. “And all I wanted was to get a little bit of closure. And every step I took I looked and wasn’t any closer. ‘Cause sometimes when you say goodbye, yeah you say it over and over and over and over.

The final song on the EP, “Watching As I Fall” would be what I deem the “pissed off” song. To me it is the closest to Linkin Park/Fort Minor lyrics and music style. “They’re watching as I fall, they’re staring as I go. I gave until my soul hurt, and never told them so.” I really liked this song because as I said, it reminded me of the Linkin Park songs we all know and love.

All in all, I was very pleased with this EP. I wish it had been more than three songs, but I am not going to be picky. I hope that Linkin Park will continue, and I am sure that Chester would want them to continue as well. It will never be the same without him. If you are a fan of Linkin Park, I would highly suggest giving the Post Traumatic EP a listen.


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