Linkin Park, "Waiting for the End"

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Continuing Linkin Park's tradition of wrestling with heavy concepts in radio-ready singles, "Waiting for the End" has recently climbed Billboard's Rock Songs chart while offering fans a chilling take on reality. Fusing rock, hip-hop and hints of reggae, the second single off fourth album "A Thousand Suns" discusses rebirth and the struggle of moving on from the status quo. Mike Shinoda delivers some uplifting lines that balance lead singer Chester Bennington's softer vocals. "All I wanna do is trade this life for something new/Holding on to what I haven't got," Bennington belts. A chaotic guitar line and a flicker of piano provide a hopeful tone before leading into a haunting instrumental. "Waiting for the End" offers the grandness of "Numb" and "Faint," but producer Rick Rubin's polyrhythmic framework and the group's moralistic lyrics set it apart from Linkin Park's past hits.

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