Recharged

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Recharged
Remix album by Linkin Park
Released October 29, 2013
Genre Dubstep, EDM, electronic rock
Length 68:43
Label Warner Bros., Machine Shop
Producer Rick Rubin, Mike Shinoda (original recordings)
Linkin Park non-studio chronology
Download to Donate: Tsunami Relief
(2011)
Recharged
(2013)
A Light That Never Comes (Remixes)
(2014)
Singles from Recharged
  1. "A Light That Never Comes"
    Released: October 11, 2013

Recharged is the second remix album of recordings by American rock band Linkin Park. The album was released on October 29, 2013, through Warner Bros. Records and Machine Shop Recordings. It is entirely produced by Rick Rubin and Mike Shinoda. The album includes remixes of ten of the songs from the band's fifth studio album Living Things, as well as a new song, "A Light That Never Comes" (and a reboot of it) with Steve Aoki, which is the album's first single, released on September 16.

Recharged received mixed reviews from critics.

Background and promotion[edit]

Recharged was officially announced on the band's Facebook page on September 12, 2013, the same day that their new game, LP Recharge, was released. The band revealed that the album is a remix album, featuring reinterpretations of ten of the songs from Living Things, as well as including their new song with Steve Aoki, "A Light That Never Comes" (and a remix of it). Five of the remixes were previously released as part of a pre-order promotion for Living Things, called Living Things Remixed (following the release of Living Things, pre-order customers received a remix of a song from the album each month for eight months).[1] The band also announced that there will be a limited-edition version of the album, available exclusively from their website. It features an interactive 3D sculpture based on the Living Things album artwork, a 48-page art booklet, both Living Things and Recharged albums, and a magnetic stylus that can interact with the liquid solution in the 3D sculpture to create unique patterns and designs are included. Pre-orders began on September 16.[2]

In regards to the song "A Light That Never Comes" and the album, Mike Shinoda said:

"I think this song and release show where we're at right now. Making the song with Steve, premiering it through the Recharge Facebook game, and debuting it via Microsoft's Xbox Music—I think it's all indicative of our band's commitment to experimentation and pushing boundaries."[2]

On September 13, Shinoda made another post on the band's Facebook page, revealing the track list and talking about the album:

"After Reanimation, I told many people I would never put together another album of remixes...but as I began to hear all the amazing reinterpretations of LIVING THINGS, I had to change my mind. The result, RECHARGED, is definitely worth it. I can't wait for you guys to hear this amazing project, with contributions by Pusha T, Datsik, KillSonik, Bun B, Money Mark, and others. Our new song with Steve Aoki, A LIGHT THAT NEVER COMES is on the album as well, plus a special remix of the new song by the inimitable Rick Rubin."[3]

In that same post, Shinoda revealed that pre-orders from the band's website will receive an exclusive digital download of Paul van Dyk's remix of "Burn It Down",[3] which was also previously released as part of Living Things Remixed.

As of October 24, 2013, the album can be heard in its entirety on MTV.com, five days before it was officially released.[4]

On January 21, 2014, a new EP was released entitled, "A Light That Never Comes (Remixes)" online.[5]

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 49/100[6]
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3/5 stars[7]
NME 5/10[8]
Now 40/100[9]

At Metacritic, which assigns a weighted average score out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, Recharged received an average score of 49 based on 4 reviews, indicating mixed or average reviews.[6] NME called Recharged "further proof" that dubstep and EDM is nu metal's successor, and described the songs as "nosebleed drum’n’bass, 8-bit blips and oversized dancehall bass". They go on to add "Rick Rubin’s final Primal Scream-gone-hip-hop remix of "A Light That Never Comes" saves Recharged from disaster, but you might need resuscitating after this lot"[8]

Stephen Thomas Erlewine of AllMusic gave it 3 out of 5 stars, declaring that "This is the kind of album that appeals primarily for hardcore fans looking for a new spin on the familiar; in other words, this is unlikely to convert EDM listeners to the pleasures of Linkin Park."[7]

Commercial performance[edit]

The album debuted at number ten on the Billboard 200 chart, with first-week sales of 33,000 copies in the United States.[10] In its second week, the album sold 11,000 more copies.[11] In its third week, the album sold 5,000 more copies bringing its total album sales to 49,000.[12]

Track listing[edit]

Recharged - Digital download / CD / Vinyl[13]
No. Title Length
1. "A Light That Never Comes" (with Steve Aoki) 3:49
2. "Castle of Glass" (M. Shinoda Remix) 3:24
3. "Lost in the Echo" (KillSonik Remix) 5:09
4. "Victimized" (M. Shinoda Remix) 3:00
5. "I'll Be Gone" (Vice Remix) (featuring Pusha T) 4:00
6. "Lies Greed Misery" (Dirtyphonics Remix) 4:50
7. "Roads Untraveled" (Rad Omen Remix) (featuring Bun B) 5:28
8. "Powerless" (Enferno Remix) 6:07
9. "Burn It Down" (Tom Swoon Remix) 4:46
10. "Until It Breaks" (Datsik Remix) 6:00
11. "Skin to Bone" (Nick Catchdubs Remix) (featuring Cody B. Ware and Ryu) 3:54
12. "I'll Be Gone" (Schoolboy Remix) 6:11
13. "Until It Breaks" (Money Mark Headphone Remix) 4:29
14. "A Light That Never Comes" (Rick Rubin Reboot) 4:40
Total length:
68:43

Personnel[edit]

Original Living Things credits adapted from Living Things liner notes.[14]

Charts[edit]

Chart (2013-14) Peak
position
Australian Albums (ARIA)[15] 7
Austrian Albums (Ö3 Austria)[16] 9
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[17] 28
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia)[18] 30
Canadian Albums Chart[19] 9
Dance/Electronic Charts (Year End)[20] 18
Digital Albums Charts[21] 4
Electronic Albums[22] 1
Finnish Albums (Suomen virallinen lista)[23] 38
Dutch Albums (MegaCharts)[24] 34
Hungarian Albums (MAHASZ)[25] 6
Hard Rock Albums[22][26] 1
New Zealand Albums (Recorded Music NZ)[27] 9
Rock Albums[22] 3
Spanish Albums (PROMUSICAE)[28] 33
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[29] 6
US Billboard 200[30] 10
U.S. Alternative Albums [31] 3

Release history[edit]

Region Date Format Label
United States[32] October 29, 2013 CD, Digital download Warner Bros. Records

References[edit]

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  31. ^ "Alternative Albums Charts"Billboard Retrieved June 22, 2014.
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