Originally Posted by M2
My sister came up with what I still believe is the finest dis of a band in history in regard to Linkin Park: 'N Sync with guitars.
Like vaticanplum, I do a fair bit of listening and I couldn't pick a Linkin Park song out of a lineup. I've heard some Linkin Park, consider them a Limp Bizkit derivative, but nothing that's ever stuck. They seem to specialize in overwrought middle class teen angst, mastering that on-the-edge-about-nothing feeling.
I don't dispute that they're a popular band, but popular does not automatically convey greatness.
My take on this subject is that there are two things that make a great rock band: 1) song-writing 2) musicianship. I see Linkin Park as being a Type 1 band who can write songs like a pop artist but don't play great music. Other bands, like Dragonforce, are Type 2 bands in that they can play the crap out of their guitars but could use a little help writing a song. A great band is one who can write great lyrics and hooks while playing tough and wonderful music. Therefore, the World's greatest band would be the one who are made up of great musicians who write creative and innovative music while catching your attention with beautiful lyrics and melodies...