Linkin Park’s new single “Heavy” off their upcoming seventh studio album One More Light has had a rather shaky release. This track sees the band taking a radical departure from their usual style (alternative rock/nu metal) and creating a song that’s sounds’ significantly lighter and more upbeat than anything they’ve ever released. The song features vocals from pop singer Kiiara, which further solidifies this song as part of the pop rock genre. Despite what diehard fans might be saying (the ones that still rock a mohawk, use wallet chains, and wear embroidered bootcut jeans) the song is pleasantly nostalgic and coming-of-age – so long as you don’t think about it too much.
To put it bluntly, this sounds like a song that was made for the radio. It’s short, sweet, and simple. The lyrics are repetitive and straightforward, begging you to sing along. Chester Bennington’s voice is soft and harmonic while Kiiara’s captivating vocals provide the song with that extra little bit of pop that really makes it enjoyable to listen to.
Lyrically speaking there isn’t much content, but that’s okay. The narrator wants desperately to let go of the things that are weighing them down. They want to change their life and become happy yet they believe that change is impossible. They remain self-aware in their reflection, yet still find themselves unable to let go, for whatever reason, of the things that keep them from reaching happiness. The message is generic enough for us to relate to, yet still provokes just the right amount of thought.
While listening to this song was definitely a delightful experience, it has one shortcoming; it’s lack of originality. The song sounds just like any other pop song on the radio station that you could easily skim over while switching radio stations looking for something you know. To the right person this track might be a new favourite, but for the rest of us, it’s just another pop song.