Minutes to Midnight (Lp)
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Single LP/Double Gatefold. Alterna-Rock band's 2007 album. 'Rick Rubin asked us what we wanted this album to sound like. We wanted to create something that maintained the integrity of the band's personality, but pushed our boundaries. Rick challenged us that no boundaries should exist whatsoever in our creative pursuit.' Minutes To Midnight is rock's most anticipated album of the year. Four years since the release of Linkin Park's quadruple-platinum, #1 smash Meteora and after more than a year of musical experimentation Minutes To Midnight redefines one of today's most adventurous, accomplished and acclaimed bands. 12 tracks. Warner.
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As for the people complaining that it doesn't even sound like them: So they changed part of their style. How many songs did you expect them to make using the Nu-Metal sound without escaping that annoying "hey, this sounds just like their other song" comment? It's good they changed. A wise move and an awesome album. Kudos to you, LP. Keep it coming!
Minutes To Midnight is the definition of what one may call an audible odyssey, taking the listener on a roller coaster of a ride, but somehow managing to stay on track and not lose focus of what the concept of the album is all about. Ten years has passed and through these years, Chester Bennington and Mike Shinoda's lyrical landscape has expanded to concepts listeners have never been exposed to. Several songs (No More Sorrow, The Little Things Give You Away, Hands Held High, and the first single 'What I've Done') encompass a political message. Unlike many rock bands today, Linkin Park decides to leave out their own agenda, and leaves one with a myriad of issues to think about and to make their own judgments.
Most noticeably different on this record is the fine addition of ballads and power ballads, a musical corridor Linkin Park has been hesitant to explore in the past. Luckily, Linkin Park does it quite well. Chester Bennington's transitional legacy as one of metal's most admired screamers and one of rock's finest singers is not omitted on this album. Rob Bourdon, already exposed as an extraordinary drummer, took his skills to the next level on this album. Also, with the assistance of Rick Ruben as producer, Dave Farrell aka Phoenix's bass lines are skillfully complex, loud, and clear, adding yet another new dimension to their tunes. The drop d guitar chords have all been put to rest, as beautiful guitar notes make their way onto virtually every track off of this album. And yes, they have in fact implemented guitar solos that transition beautifully into every song.
This will be Linkin Park's first album that has a Parental Advisory slapped on it. Although unnecessary, the Parental Advisory sticker is no indicator whatsoever of a curse-filled album. The F bomb gets dropped a few times on one track and a few other curses made their way onto two other tracks, but other than that, every track is clean as a whistle. Rumor had it that Mike Shinoda would no longer be providing a hip-hop insight on this album. While this is partially true, he sings, yes sings, on one track ("In Between") all by himself, he has a rap track all to himself delving into political issues using vocabulary and issues that many listeners will be left opening history books to. There is one song that instills the old Linkin Park formula ("Bleed It Out"), just as a reminder that they have not eradicated their roots.
All-in-all, this record will by far be Linkin Park's biggest adult audience-targeted album. The band has noticeably matured through their instrumentation, lyrical masterpieces, and thought-provoking sounds and images. A few months ago, asked about what he could say about the new sound on the new album, Linkin Park co-frontman Chester Bennington boldly stated, "The way we've been classified, and how people think they know us, that's all going to die." No lies were told when that statement was made. Without a doubt, when Minutes To Midnight is released on May 15, 2007, they will once again conquer the rock arena, raking in a new slew of fans, the more mature thinkers of today.
Linkin Park - Minutes To Midnight - 5 out of 5 stars.
If the new sound isn't a bust, why are they trying to hide it behind these two songs?
This album is to Linkin Park what Slang was to Def Leppard. Want to bet that just like Def Leppard, after all the public talk about how happy they are with their new sound, the band runs back to the "less mature" "old" sound on the next album? Def Leppard never recovered from claiming to have outgrown the fans of the sound that made them, will Linkin Park?
Mind you whenever new sounds are attempted, and performed successfully, they do not get immediate
recognition on behalf of what we're already accustomed to listening to. Linkin Park for example was
rejected the first 2 times they tried to make a contract with Warner Bro. Think of the mistake they
would've made, had they not signed a contract on the band's third try. We wouldn't have great
hits such as "In the End" and "Somewhere I belong." And think of how innovative there sound was
at the time 'Hybrid Theory' came out, it was like nothing heard before.
'Minutes to Midnight' gives you more aspects of what you want to hear from the band. With a little
more of the element of calmness in a few of the album tracks, you really get a chance to hear notes
sung or held out a little longer, clearer, and smoother from Chester(main singer). Which this
actually reveals the bands true range of abilities as musicians in pushing and stretching themselves
to create a newer sound and pull it off exemplary although they came from a history of anger filled
Optimism helps show some more of the bands depth. I have waited since their very first album to
hear the beautiful voice of Chester, and the rest of the band use their incredible sound as a whole,
to create something a little more optimistic. "Shadow Of The Day" - "What I've Done" - "Leave Out All
The Rest," show that kind of optimism. Which is what we need in such a negative world. At least, in
the midst of their lamentations of the war we can sing along to some happy tunes. And I do realize
they've done it before in Meteora, as far as more optimism-"Somewhere I Belong" "Breaking the
But, don't get me wrong, we are not to expect only this type of sound and optimism from this group.
We've learned to love their heavy rock and pessimism. After all, how many bands with screaming
"Shut Up when I'm Talking to You," can you say your mother would approve.(even my mom loves Linkin
Park!) "Given Up" and "No More Sorrow" are breakthrough in becoming some of their most angry heavy
songs. Because of this contrast, they can get away with some of the most mellow tracks they've written.
At an over all look, this band is getting better album by album. "The Little Things Give You Away"
to me is a great example of how awesome this band sounds now. Starting with a prerecorded beat,
an acoustic guitar comes in later & starts up the main melody. The vocals then come in, followed by the
drums being played in a unique sounding tempo. The song gradually develops as an intriguing
electric guitar solo comes in, accompanied by transcending vocals by Chester to leave his final touches on the album.
I only have just one important criticism to this album. Which is for you to remember to keep up
the bands consistency of non-profanity like their past albums, and purchase the edited version since
they already have a powerful enough sound with the geniousouly designed; 'dismal relationship' lyrics, and added clarification to them from back up vocals.