Until It's Gone (Linkin Park song)

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"Until It's Gone"
Until it's Gone (Linkin Park song).jpg
Single by Linkin Park
from the album The Hunting Party
ReleasedMay 6, 2014 (2014-05-06)
Recorded2013–2014
Genre
Length
  • 3:53(album version)
  • 3:41 (single version)
Label
Songwriter(s) Linkin Park
Producer(s)
Linkin Park singles chronology
"Guilty All the Same"
(2014)
"Until It's Gone"
(2014)
"Wastelands"
(2014)
Alternative cover
Until it's Gone alternative.jpg
CD cover
Music video
"Until It's Gone" on YouTube

"Until It's Gone" is a song written by American rock band Linkin Park. The song was originally recorded by the band for their sixth studio album, The Hunting Party , where it appears as the seventh track on the album. Produced by Mike Shinoda and Brad Delson, the track also appears on the single of the same name, which was released by Warner Bros. Records and Machine Shop on May 6, 2014. The single is the second to be released in promotion of The Hunting Party. [1] The single is also included in the music for the action-adventure video game Transformers: Rise of the Dark Spark , which was released on June 24, 2014. [2] [3]

Contents

Background and release

In a preview for the album by Rolling Stone, the song was explained as, "Until It's Gone" kicks off with the sort of warbling synth effect that was the group's calling card on their 2000 breakthrough debut, Hybrid Theory , but builds into a brooding, textured gloom rocker that reminds listeners, via singer Chester Bennington, that "[you] don't know what you've got until it's gone." [4] In another preview by Loudwire the single is explained as "it's a more mid-tempo track with softer lyrics provided by Chester Bennington, who really shows his vocal versatility. The dreamy and atmospheric sounds are enough to whisk you away but Bennington brings you back down to earth as he belts out their take on a familiar chorus." [5] The song continues its outro into The Hunting Party's eighth track and fourth single, "Rebellion" with System of a Down guitarist, Daron Malakian.

Composition

"Until Its Gone" is described to be an alternative rock, [6] electronic rock [7] and gothic rock [8] song. Lyrically, the song is about a failed relationship lead vocalist Chester Bennington has been in. AltWire explains it as a "beginning with a synth line similar to 'Numb' from the 2003 album Meteora , taking a sharp turn to an unexpected brooding goth rock anthem, proving to be one of the songs on the 6-track sampler of The Hunting Party in recent memory with a choir-like backing vocals and intense orchestral backdrops that stays and impacts after 'it's gone.'" [8]

Reception

In a track-by-track review by Billboard , the song was given a positive response and explained as "So returns the warped sonar synth effect heard on hits like 'Numb', and while it arrives in the opening seconds amid a rush of heavy guitars, 'Until It's Gone' quickly turns into a philosophical electro-rock mood piece. The buildup of blips in the bridge hints at a coming bass drop, but then the guitars kick back in, and Bennington belts out his clichéd lyrics for the middle schoolers in the cheap seats who don't know any better." [9]

Music video

A lyric video to accompany the track was premiered on YouTube on May 5, 2014. [10] Directed by Austin Saya, the three-minute video was shot in Los Angeles, California. [11] An official music video was then released on June 11, 2014, directed by Joe Hahn. [12] The video was premiered on the band's official Facebook page, and is now uploaded on their official YouTube channel. [13] The video received a nomination at MTV Video Music Awards 2014 in the category for "Best Rock Video".

As of April 2020, the music video has 40 million views on YouTube.

Track listing

Digital download
No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
1."Until It's Gone" Linkin Park 3:41
CD (B00K7N2I00)
No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
1."Until It's Gone"Linkin Park
  • Delson
  • Shinoda
3:41
2."Guilty All the Same" (featuring Rakim)
  • Delson
  • Shinoda
5:55
Total length:9:36

Personnel

Charts

Release history

RegionDateFormatLabelCatalog no.
Worldwide [32] May 6, 2014 Digital download Warner Bros. none
India [33]
Italy [34] May 9, 2014 Contemporary hit radio
United States [35] May 13, 2014 Modern rock radio
Germany [36] May 30, 2014 CD Warner Bros.5439197124
Switzerland [37]

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