Reanimation

Metascore
60

Mixed or average reviews - based on 14 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 14
  2. Negative: 2 out of 14
  1. Mixer
    80
    A freakazoid musical pastiche. [Oct 2002, p.83]
  2. Spin
    70
    Ultimately, the set is a little schizo, but it channels enough rap-rock frisson to make it more than just a between-albums snack. [Sep 2002, p.128]
  3. 70
    As on Hybrid Theory, there's a definite formula at work in all 19 songs, but it's flawless and effective.
  4. Vibe
    70
    Reanimation's cross-pollination of high-level lyricism, trunk-rattling beats, heavy-metal riffs, and hard-core vocals makes for a rousing listening experience. [Sep 2002, p.244]
  5. On the one hand, the results are more varied than the monochromatic ''Hybrid Theory.'' On the other hand, the remixes at times obliterate one of the band's most distinctive characteristics -- the vocal interplay between singer Chester Bennington and MC Mike Shinoda, a blend that allows their pop tendencies to poke through from time to time.
  6. The music isn't exactly groundbreaking, and none of the remixes improve on the Hybrid Theory originals, but the boyish energy of Reanimation has its own appeal, and it's not too far emotionally from the tried-so-hard spirit of "In the End."
  7. The remixes are extremely liberal, cutting and pasting with little regard for the originals in question.
  8. When it works, the results are astounding.
  9. Blender
    60
    Linkin gain from their hip-hop daring, and the dance domos get to wedge a foot in the crossover door. [#9, p.151]
  10. Why didn't they travel this far out of the box initially?
  11. Some of this works quite well, some of it is kind of juvenile, much of it is only slightly recognizable from the original, it's too long and compared to contemporary arty rock, it really isn't that arty.
  12. Q Magazine
    40
    Almost every track here pales in comparison to the original version. [Sep 2002, p.109]
  13. The dominant sound is of flickering sequencers and heavy-handed synth-pomp which showcases Linkin Park's keen interest in the work of Depeche Mode, but also often leaves them sounding about as cutting-edge and dangerous as Jesus Jones.
  14. Chester Bennington's anguished man-child howling is largely left on the shelf, as are the thrusting hooks that were Linkin Park's big draw.
User Score
7.2

Generally favorable reviews- based on 187 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 38 out of 59
  2. Negative: 10 out of 59
  1. Nov 14, 2011
    0
    Easily the worst they have ever put out. A completely pointless remix album that does nothing but butcher and ruin classic LP songs for noEasily the worst they have ever put out. A completely pointless remix album that does nothing but butcher and ruin classic LP songs for no reason at all. Full Review »
  2. JamesT
    Jul 6, 2008
    10
    Great Album! Like a new album!
  3. Sep 22, 2016
    4
    It's their first remix album AND SPOILERS:it's better than the second one. some songs are a more relaxing version of the originals while someIt's their first remix album AND SPOILERS:it's better than the second one. some songs are a more relaxing version of the originals while some are just bad amateur remixes Full Review »