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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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.
I am decades older than anyone in the band but I know good music when I hear it.
This is Linkin Park's best album to date. When I heard who produced Minutes to Midnight, it made sense. R.Rubin does have that "Midas" touch and this album just proves that point further. Darn good call on Linkin Park to bring him in.
Yes, it does sound different than all their previous albums. And that's a good thing. Chester and Mike both have better control over their talented voices. There is more melody & singing than the teen-angst screaming which helped make them popular. First time I heard all that screaming on ONE STEP CLOSER, I thought, what a terrible song and knew I'd hate the band. My, how far I've come. Glad I kept an open mind or look at all that great L.P. music I would have missed-out on.
The transition from song to song on this album is much smoother than any of their past albums and very welcome by me. It's less rough and more polished. Don't get me wrong, I love the raw, emotional and deeply felt vocals in such songs as FAINT, CRAWLING, NUMB, IN THE END and a few more I can't recall right now.
It felt weird (but good) for me to listen to the album all the way through since I usually skip from song to song on their other albums.
Linkin Park's years of experience shines through here and it shows all they've learned from putting out their past music. They are now established, professional musicians and it's about time we recognized that.
Minutes to Midnight is proof of that due respect.
It has become more mature. Songs such as Leave Out All the Rest and The Little Things Give You Away prove it. So they're not as hardcore-metal anymore. Adjust to their change. I doubt they'll go back to their original sound because now starts a revolution in their era.
It starts with Wake, a standout with its tone and sentimental feeling. This song is where it starts. A new CD, a new beginning.
Songs like Given Up and No More Sorrow prove that though Linkin Park has evolved, it hasn't left behind its roots just yet. Linkin Park has replaced scream and rage with maturity and even optimism hidden underground of the dreary lyrics. It feels like a person tossed and turned and hit with the knocks of life, then crawling from the holes of despair to find a glimmer of light shining above them like a revelation, though not with a full recovery. It's when you feel you have sunk so low that the only direction to go is up. What rage and anger felt before was saved for the previous CDs. Songs like What I've Done and Shadow of the Day reflects that.
Valentine's Day is mournful, Hands Held High features on the emotions of human and political imperfection, Bleed It Out sounds entertaining and angsty, like Linkin Park acting in its "bad self." In Between is maturity and faces forgiveness, rejection, and guilt. In Pieces is something I didn't expect from Linkin Park; what sounds almost like a break-up song, dealing with the emotions of breaking "in pieces."
The Little Things That Give You Away is melancholy, sentimental, and mournful. Who doesn't like being ignored, mistreated, and betrayed?
In conclusion, Linkin Park has evolved and its music has gained new meaning. Though the proclaimed "good old days" of Linkin Park may be fading away, WAKE up to WHAT THEY'VE DONE and have NO MORE SORROW.