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  • Summary: The debut full-length solo release for the Linkin Park co-founder features guest appearances from Blackbear, K.Flay, Chino Moreno and Machine Gun Kelly.
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  • Record Label: Warner Bros. Records / Warner Bros.
  • Genre(s): Rap, Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Rap
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 5
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 5
  3. Negative: 1 out of 5
  1. 80
    By the end of Post Traumatic, you realise Shinoda is right: this record is as much about Bennington as it is about him, but that’s what makes it so vulnerable and such a triumphant debut.
  2. Kerrang!
    Jun 15, 2018
    80
    It's an important, thoughtful album that will serve to unite the grief-stricken with a new-found sense of purpose to find some form of healing. [9 Jun 2018, p.53]
  3. Jun 15, 2018
    80
    The moodier, electronic tracks work better than the angrier, rap ones, but while Post Traumatic understandably has flaws, its raw emotion is unusually touching and many will find it a source of tears, strength and comfort.
  4. Jun 15, 2018
    80
    While Post Traumatic takes an emotional toll, it ultimately instills feelings of hope and the idea that things can get better. For Shinoda, Linkin Park, and their devoted followers, it's an effective group therapy session.
  5. Jun 25, 2018
    38
    Throughout Post Traumatic, you can sense how unmoored Shinoda is without that spectacle. His chest doesn’t puff out as far as it did on Fort Minor. His compositions don’t detonate like his best work for Linkin Park. His bandmates aren’t there to lift him up when he falls short. He sounds abandoned.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 18
  2. Negative: 1 out of 18
  1. Jun 25, 2018
    10
    Mike Shinoda, one of my favorite musicians, pops off with a very emotional and breathtaking album that everyone should be acknowledged toMike Shinoda, one of my favorite musicians, pops off with a very emotional and breathtaking album that everyone should be acknowledged to hear. After all he went through in the past year, he actually had the courage to rise up and explain the world his true feelings about the suffering he's been through, (Chester Bennington's death, and family issues). Expand
  2. Jun 15, 2018
    10
    An album simply fantastic and emotionally honest. I wish every success to Mike and this album.
  3. Sep 16, 2018
    10
    Wow. This album is incredible. As a long time lp fan, I wasn't surprised by the quality of this album, but was pleasantly surprised by howWow. This album is incredible. As a long time lp fan, I wasn't surprised by the quality of this album, but was pleasantly surprised by how good it is.
    Favourite tracks: Hold it together, I.O.U, World's on fire, Lift off
    Least: Place to start, About You
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  4. Jun 19, 2018
    10
    I wish this album never existed because it is the result of Chester's passing . But since the reality is as it is, what can you say about it?I wish this album never existed because it is the result of Chester's passing . But since the reality is as it is, what can you say about it? No words describe what Mike has done. Amazing. Raw. Honest. I can only be grateful that he made this magnificent piece of cathartic music and i hope he keeps doing what he is doing since he started Linkin Park until this very moment. Expand
  5. Jun 15, 2018
    10
    Absolutely amazing album, there are no songs in the record that sound OK, every song hits home in it's own way. A cathartic album full ofAbsolutely amazing album, there are no songs in the record that sound OK, every song hits home in it's own way. A cathartic album full of emotional yet resilient songs, definitely and totally recommended. Expand
  6. Jun 16, 2018
    9
    Really love the album, I want to give it a 9.5 but of course you cant do that and I am just not confident enough in giving this a ten untilReally love the album, I want to give it a 9.5 but of course you cant do that and I am just not confident enough in giving this a ten until future repeated listens, but this album is really strong. The main red flag coming into this was my fear that the album might be kind of corny, that has plagued some of his raps on Linkin Park albums in the past so it definitely did worry me. But on this album he actually does not rap on every track, some of them are singing tracks and he can sing reasonably well so this works. Moreover because it is not oversaturated with his raps it feels like his best verses come out on this album and that there are not painfully mediocre ones. There are not any bad tracks on this album overall, but for overall highlights on the album I would pinpoint the two most lyrical tracks here Lift Off & I.O.U, on both of these tracks Mike is rapping his ass off with lines like "I don’t drop mics, only let it smoke where I set it" or "Easy as a standard anti-gravity backflip" or "You're too fat for the sharks that you're swimming in". Other songs that are more melodic are also highlights like Over Again, Crossing A Line and Ghosts. This album surprised me especially considering that Nas was releasing on the same day, but holy **** this was phenomenal. Expand
  7. Jun 28, 2018
    0
    I heard "Post Traumatic" this morning. It was TRAUMATIC FOR ME to be subjected to this GARBAGE! The songs and production were BOTH HORRIBLEI heard "Post Traumatic" this morning. It was TRAUMATIC FOR ME to be subjected to this GARBAGE! The songs and production were BOTH HORRIBLE BEYOND BELIEF! AS a VETERAN artist, I expect better from the likes of Shinoda. I am so sick and tired of VETERAN artists like him selling out their legacies by putting out the same GARBAGE of their younger contemporaries.

    There is ZERO originality here. Typical, tired a** use of trap musickkk beats; horrible song structure; banal, boring, trite "lyrics". Recommendation for Shinoda: don't quit your hustle with Linkin Park and go exclusively solo. And please don't turn Link Park into the sh**hole that are your solo efforts! :-(

    -20 out of 10 stars. :-(
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