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Linkin Park - Minutes To Midnight

Reviewer :
Johan Wippsson Format: Album
Year: 2007
Label: Warner Music
Genre: Metal
Producer: Rick Rubin
Artist discography


With over 20 million sold album Linkin Park is one of the biggest rock phenomena in modern history. Their debut “Hybrid Theory” produced by Don Gilmore was when it came in 2000 a real bomb with a bombastic numetal sound that we hadn’t heard before. Tunes like “Crawling” and “In The End” made the band spinning on MTV for years and gave a bunch of award worldwide. The follow up “Meteora”, released three years later wasn’t as successful, of course! But it has sold the respectable numbers of 6 millions records and is a nice piece of modern rap metal. Those two albums have made the band one of the biggest acts today and I can imagine that the pressure for this third album was enormous.
Read that the band wrote like 150 songs for “Minutes To Midnight” and spend 14 months in the studio to create anything they haven’t ever done before. And when have listened to this album now for some days and can without a doubt answer yes on those thoughts from the band. This album contains songs and styles that we haven’t heard before from the band. This is far more progressive and experimental than the two previous efforts and you can clearly hear that the band have tried and tried. But does it work then? I’m sorry to say no here. The album feels way too shattered with like 5 different styles in it and I leaves at least me just confused after the spins. What happened to the energy, the power and the explosive emotions represented on “Hybrid Theory” and “Meteora”? It feels like they have lost everything when the money started to roll in and just had to release an album to make the label and fans happy. If this is the best ones out of the 100 something song ideas they had, I’m not that interested of hearing the rest.
I know that the phrase “A good song is always a good song” is an old worn cliché, but its working really good here. Linking Park sure has some nice ideas and has really tried to develop their “classic” numetal style into something new. But the songs are way too weak and have to say that this is their far weakest album up-to-date.
If it will sell half of the amount of that “Meteora” did (6 million) I would be really surprised. A big failure would be the best thing that could happen to the band so that they would deliver some true and honest emotions on their next effort. A good try, but a big disappointment in the end!

Tracklisting 1. Wake
2. Given Up
3. Leave Out All The Rest
4. Bleed It Out
5. Shadow Of The Day
6. What I've Done
7. Hands Held High
8. No More Sorrow
9. Valentine's Day
10. In Between
11. In Pieces
12. The Little Things Give You Away


Melodic Net Comments 

Loyal Reader
Guys, where's the review for A Thousand Suns????

jason nguyen
Hey this album is so fuking Great!!!


4 years for this?
Given Up, Bleed It Out, What I´ve Done, No More Sorrow are the good tracks --- the rest is just bland and average. BTW, this album is not nu metal. The shift in style is dramatic.
2007-05-15 03:46:20

I had love Linkin Park for keeping alive the numetal sound that was so great in 2002 but for some reason no one wants to make anymore. However, with this latest release, I am afraid that Linkin Park has dropped from my favorites list, at least with this release, oh well. If you want some fresh Linkin Park but not the album check out their underground v6.0 it has QUERTY, Announcement Service Public (Instrumentalish), and reading my eyes (old song live). It fills what could have been.
2007-05-15 02:47:25

Khaled Elba
not good album by anyway they are not linkin park i used to hear
2007-05-12 22:12:22

Rating thing fixed! Numetal is for sure very cold these days, but I think it would have been a lot smarter to deliver something that the fans really wants like Iron Maiden and Ac/Dc doess from album to album. Not fun at all, but look what happend to Metallica when they tried to go for what was hot at the moment instead of doing what made them the #1 metal band. And you got to have a few hits to sell a lot of albums. This album just have one and that´s not enough....we´ll see, but my guess is that this album will "only" go like triple platinum, which would be more or less a failure for a band that has sold over 20 millions copies.
2007-05-11 21:35:29

I rated it higher but it ended as a 2 rating???????????
2007-05-11 15:34:48

Mike Shinoda produced the album together with Rubin, Linkin Park is a smart band - they know that numetal isn´t selling anymore and they´re pretty tired of every copycat doing their thing. I welcome their U2 Joshua Tree influences and was surprised over how good this album sounded after the terrible Meteora.
2007-05-11 15:34:19

I think it is obvious that there had to be a change in style on LP´s new album, considering that this type of music (their trademark) is so weathered and out of fashion right now. Is the change for the better? Well, not for me personally (I am a big fan of "hybrid theory"). It feels like their trying to build a new idenity, but they,re not sure what direction to take, so it ends up being a incomprehensible smear of different styles blend together. With 150 songs to choose from, 14 months in the studio, with Rick Rubin as a producer.. and this is what they come up with?... Well, the fanbase are already established, so even if they dont get any new fans with this album, I am sure the old ones will bring LP to the top of the charts yet again.
2007-05-11 12:48:34

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