- 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.
- Record Label: Warner Bros
- Genre(s): Rock, Alternative
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DanM10I actually really liked it. I'm glad they decided to change their sound, I mean, you can't use the nu-metal sound forever, people would eventually get bored of it. Some really good sounding songs here. My favourites are "Shadow Of The Day" and "The Little Things Give You Away".… Expand
8Linkin Park go for a classic rock edge with this great album, after 4 years out they return with the same energy as they had before, contained and unleashed through instruments instead of production, Rubin's stripped down production really fleshes out the band and peels back the icing which previous producer Don Gilmore urged the band to utilise, the band challenge themselves and push away from that, becoming the best live act of 2007.… Expand
A little change doesn't hurt.
I remember back in the 90s and early 2000s, nu-metal was at its height of popularity. Korn, Limp Bizkit, and Linkin Park were the most popular. Nowadays, the music scene has changed. Everything labeled "rock" has now become more alternative. Why? Simply because what was designated as a genre ultimately became a fad. People got tired of listening to nu-metal. It really didn't vary much. So nu-metal bands sold less and less. Eventually, Linkin Park decided they needed a new formula. And Minutes To Midnight is the result.
On the first day I listened to it, MTM probably got a 5.5/10, a 6/10 at best. I didn't really feel the new sound. I was expecting something more aggressive with that nu-metal polish. The sound I listened to was alternative. Stripped down alternative. Nu-metal, according to LP, is dead.
But I, being a fan of LP and music in general, decided to listen again. Let me tell you that Linkin Park and Rick Rubin have done a fine job in crafting such a good album. It's different yet it is a blessing because LP isn't repeating themselves like they did on Meteora. Instead, they start anew.
But that doesn't mean LP has become soft. They only added more emotion. Witness LP shredding through tracks like Bleed It Out and Given Up with Chester Bennington giving painful shrieks to "take it deeper and just throw it away". "What I've Done" is a beautiful song about the search of redemption and "Shadow of the Day" and "Valentine's Day" are both melancholic love stories. And "Hands Held High" is a powerful tale by Mike Shinoda on the dangers of war and violence.
The sound is not polished. It's slightly rougher and more stripped down a la Rubin style. This helps Linkin Park succeed on a lyrical level because the rhymes are more forefront.
My biggest complaint with the album is that LP almost completely abandons their "hybrid theory". In other words, Shinoda raps on only 2 tracks. Change is alright, but cracking the foundation isn't especially if it has already been well established. LP's rap-rock style was the core of their music. And MTM destroys it.
But that isn't to say that MTM is a bad album. Musically, LP has evolved and improved. But looking at the lack of rap verses, I fear that their next album may not even feature one.… Expand