Originally played at a ‘secret show’ by Green day last October 28, 2011, the song Oh Love eventually became part of the band’s ninth studio album ¡Uno!, which was released last July 16, 2012 via Reprise Records, with an EP of the song being released a month later.
Oh Love is notable as it brings back certain sonic elements from Green Day’s early roots as a pop punk band, with some parts of the song sounding like it could have come from their debut album Dookie. Over all, the song seems to be a blending of the various styles that Green Day has adopted throughout their 3 decade career as it mixes their early pop punk style with their more recent power pop songs, along with the heavy alternative rock that they exhibited during the mid 90s.
Critical reception of the song is a bit mixed, with some critics praising it for its tone and polished musical style, with some welcoming Green Day’s return to their early sonic roots. Those who panned Oh Love complained of the song being average compared to Green Day’s previous releases. Both sides don’t really cancel each other out, so whether you’ll like Oh Love or not depends on how much you miss Green Day’s early sound. If you welcome the nostalgia, you’re going to love –er- Oh Love, but if you expected a forward progression in the band’s sound, you’ll probably be underwhelmed.
Originally leaked online under the working title ‘Buried at Sea’, Burn it Down marks American alternative rock band Linkin Park’s triumphant return to radio (though the single is doing pretty well on digital download as well). Co-written and produced by the co-lead singer Mike Shinoda, Burn it Down is the longest song on the studio album Living Things, clocking in at almost 4 minutes.
Burn it Down is not a departure from Linkin Park’s trademark sound, featuring a solid electronic melody, a decent hook, and an explosive rhythm section backed by lead singer Chester Bennington’s distinctive voice, which seems to be paradoxically guttural and melodic at the same time. As expected, the song also features a rap interlude by Shinoda, before climaxing into their usual outros, with Bennington singing the chorus as a background to Shinoda’s rapping (or maybe it was the other way around, with Shinoda’s rap serving as the background to Bennington’s singing).
Burn it Down, which was chosen by the band as their first single because it represents what they want to sound like, is said to be open to numerous interpretations. Shinoda, for his part, claims that it can be about pop culture, which builds artists up as the next big thing, only to destroy said artists at the end of the day. Shinoda adds that the band has lived through it, making Burn it Down’s message a very personal one.