Minutes To Midnight

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  • Summary: Rick Rubin co-produced the band's third album, which is the result of over a year spent in the studio and represents a move away from their established rap-rock sound.
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  1. Positive: 5 out of 15
  2. Negative: 3 out of 15
  1. Most of Minutes is honed, metallic pop with a hip-hop stride and a wake-up kick.
  2. Whatever else it is, Linkin Park's third studio record is a nu-metal record at heart.
  3. Blender
    70
    There's no great leap into maturity... They've kept their salient feature--scorching, adolescent tantrums--unchanged. [Jun 2007, p.109]
  4. These half-arsed stabs at nu-AOR end up pleasing no one, least of all the band itself.
  5. Amid the stabs at growth, every new effect sounds borrowed.
  6. As you might imagine, the band’s emo makeover doesn’t always go smoothly.
  7. What follows is the sound of a band trying and failing to forge a new identity - boy-band balladry, U2-style stadium rock and Metallica-esque melodic crunch are all attempted with predictably patchy results.

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Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 83 out of 312
  1. RanelG
    Mar 30, 2010
    10
    This is an excellent album, listen to it. The haters here on this site just hate this album because they don't like Linkin Park's This is an excellent album, listen to it. The haters here on this site just hate this album because they don't like Linkin Park's music. They accuse us LP fans of having poor taste in music, well what do you guys listen to? Exactly. Expand
  2. LaurenB
    May 28, 2007
    10
    i love linkin park
  3. fsl_hero
    May 30, 2008
    9
    Don't listen to the HATERS here - this is still your LP, just a more mature sound, which I personally like. There are always a few Don't listen to the HATERS here - this is still your LP, just a more mature sound, which I personally like. There are always a few haters for something good, so don't just listen to the negativity. Listen to the album yourself and judge. Expand
  4. BrandoS.
    Sep 29, 2008
    7
    This was disappointing, but at the same time I realized that it was no secret they were chaning their sound. Releasing their single What This was disappointing, but at the same time I realized that it was no secret they were chaning their sound. Releasing their single What I've Done basically summarized what they were doing. "In this farewell, there's no blood, there's no alliby. Because I've drawn regret to the truth of 1000 lies. So let mercy come and wash away what I've done. I've faced myself, to cross out what i've become." True Linkin Park fans would know about this change, and would still like Linkin Park. They showed if they want to do pop, they do pop, if they want to do nu-metal, they do it. If they want to do soft rock, or rock, they do it. If they want to talk about politics, they do it. You need to realize Linkin Park is way more then just Nu-Metal. NU-METAL IS DEAD. This album could've been better, but I'm sure the next one will be very good. You need to get off their ass and realize that Linkin Park has changed. Expand
  5. zelisia21
    Jun 18, 2007
    5
    I was expecting something really good...but this time LP let me down!!Where is the old hard sound of guitar?Why all this pop I was expecting something really good...but this time LP let me down!!Where is the old hard sound of guitar?Why all this pop thing?Money?Shit..my favorite group turned into a greenday-SoaD-coldplay album.''No more sorrow'' and ''Wake'' are worth listening..Guys I want LP back!NO MORE POP ! THAT'S ENOUGH.. Expand
  6. ErnieM
    May 30, 2007
    3
    I like it when a band tries to expand and experiment and I applaud the effort but this album is a dismal failure. They experimented to sound I like it when a band tries to expand and experiment and I applaud the effort but this album is a dismal failure. They experimented to sound like nothing more than a number of boring bands already out there! Expand
  7. Tyler
    May 12, 2007
    0
    Trash. But what did you expect?

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