HERE Mike Shinoda navigates the stages of grief after the death of his Linkin Park bandmate, Chester Bennington. Over Again details it in real time, written before and after a tribute concert. Post Traumatic is public therapy designed to help him (and fans) heal — from shock to anger and even some levity on Ghosts. Musically he continues Linkin Park’s recent work with surprise guests, with soulful K.Flay on poppy album highlight Make It Up As I Go.
– CAMERON ADAMS