On 2010's A Thousand Suns, Linkin Park settled into a sulky electronica groove that pretty much screamed "growing pains." On its 2012 sequel, Living Things, Linkin Park attempt to graft guitars back onto their newly mature musical outlook, and the reintroduction of visceral force certainly helps give this album a pulse lacking on A Thousand Suns. Admirably, the band revels in a near-middle-aged angst, letting its songs address adult concerns and giving the productions contours and texture. The album remains one of sustained mood, not individual moments, and in that regard, it handily trumps A Thousand Suns. Flowing steadily between brooding and explosions of repressed rage, Living Things is a fitting soundtrack for aging rap-rockers who are comfortable in their skin but restless at heart.