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 311
  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. TimB
    Jun 1, 2007
    10
    Some of these reviews are just plain funny. Mainly because the (professional) reviewers contradict themselves. They say MTM isn't as Some of these reviews are just plain funny. Mainly because the (professional) reviewers contradict themselves. They say MTM isn't as good as their other albums, which is strange, because if I remember correctly, they've always hated LP. Don;t listen to their biased bullshit this album is really enjoyable if you just give it a chance. Expand
  3. Jan 19, 2016
    9
    Okay I'm going to clear one thing up: anyone who thinks that this album has changed Linkin Park into a boy band either hates them for noOkay I'm going to clear one thing up: anyone who thinks that this album has changed Linkin Park into a boy band either hates them for no reason or doesn't have a functioning brain. The problem with people is that they DON'T LIKE CHANGE. They think that Linkin Park is supposed to be an all-metal/punk rock band. Well, the band doesn't. They decided to take a slower approach, and I praise them. Minutes to Midnight shows a different side of the band, one that's not all about blasting screams into your ears. I'm not saying that I hate their earlier music, because I think almost all of their music is good. But they thought, "Hey, let's slow things down a little." And hey, they still retained some of that old style that made them famous in No More Sorrow and Given Up, and added some more rap by the one and only Mike Shinoda

    1. Wake (8.5)- An instrumental song that foreshadows the album to come, with both slow music and good old fast-paced music in a perfect blend.

    2. Given Up (8)- This song makes the listener feel like this album is once again going to be filled with Linkin Park's usual metal sound. The chorus is strong and it includes a Chester Bennington trademark scream.

    3. Leave Out All the Rest (8.5)- The first hint at difference in this album. This song is slow and it shows the listener what their music has been lacking: the true vocals of Chester Bennington. (Side Note: This song was in the 2008 movie "Twilight")

    4. Bleed it Out (9.75)- This is Linkin Park at some of its finest. Mike Shinoda enters the album in impressive style, reminding the world that he is one of the top rappers of his generation. This song, with its aggressive tones, takes the lyrical style of High Voltage and combines it with the music style of Papercut (both from Hybrid Theory) Side Note: An 8-minute version of this song was used to close out their Milton Keynes concert (Road to Revolution album, released in late 2008).

    5. Shadow of the Day (9.25)- This song is similar to U2 and has that same mellow yet hard feel to it. Chester is 2/2 on vocals thus far

    6. What I've Done (10)- Easily the best track on this album. If there was ever a song on this track to combine the two styles of Linkin Park, I'm glad it's this song. Incredible vocals as well as guitar. This song is going to be one of the top Linkin Park tracks for the remainder of their career.

    7. Hands Held High (7.5)- It's back to slow for an okay track. Being my least favorite on the album, it's not that bad, but it sounds more of a PSA than a song. It literally starts with Mike saying, "Turn my mic up louder, I got to say something." Slow and having very little instrumental background, it's basically Mike talking about terrorism and stuff like that. The chorus has the exact same feel as the rest of the song, so I had initially had trouble distinguishing between the two. Also, the song has unnecessary and repetitive "amens" around the chorus.

    8. No More Sorrow (8.5)- If you're following the pattern (honestly, I don't like the pattern), then you should've realized that this would be another aggressive song. It has the layout of most of the earlier Linkin Park songs.

    9. Valentine's Day (7.75)- A faster (not by much, but still faster) version of My December, this song is repetitive and dull until the final minute.

    10. In Between (9)- An underrated track. It has Shinoda singing in the same style as Hands Held High (but this is a song) and after a minute or so Chester joins him and they harmonize for the rest of the song.

    11. In Pieces (9.5)- It may not be as good as What I've Done, but it still combines both of Linkin Park's styles to date. It starts off slow, but after the fist chorus it speeds up, and after the second chorus, listeners are rewarded with a rare treat: A Brad Delson guitar solo.

    12. The Little Things Give You Away (10)- The album closed with a bang. Like In Pieces, it starts off slow and gets faster, with a great guitar solo in the middle. This song shows the true potential that Linkin Park has performing slower music. A spectacular finish to a spectacular album. (Side Note 1: This song is about the devastating result of Hurricane Katrina, and the inspiration for the song came when the band visited New Orleans during the reconstruction process) (Side Note 2: Both the Milton Keynes (Road to Revolution album, see #4 Bleed it Out) and the Live in Shanghai, 2007 (Minutes to Midnight Live Around the World album) included different length intros of slow piano music provided by Mike Shinoda (Who else? The man does anything and everything for the band).

    Overall, although it doesn't compare to Meteora, this album is a great transition into A Thousand Suns, which is LP at its finest.
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  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. MysteriousNJ
    Jun 21, 2007
    5
    i have been a great fan of linkin park and i loved their image and style they had before .their lyrics were amazing but now some songs in i have been a great fan of linkin park and i loved their image and style they had before .their lyrics were amazing but now some songs in this album are nonsense and they sorta turned out to be like other bands that makes u wonder if they are listening to what they are singing.Their music is still rocking and i supprt their antiwar thing.i like only 6 songs from this album that's it.this album is just good not excellent not the best. Expand
  6. ChrisD.
    Apr 12, 2008
    3
    Very, very disappointing...who is this? There's nothing wrong with bands changing styles to fit with changing tastes in music, but you Very, very disappointing...who is this? There's nothing wrong with bands changing styles to fit with changing tastes in music, but you have to be careful not to suck when you do that. As a huge fan of both Hybrid Theory and Meteora, this album is a failure. I don't even recognize this band's sound anymore, they totally turned away from what made them what they are. Whether you ever liked nu-metal or not, you have to admit that this album is an enormous departure from their roots, and the sound suffers because the album is horribly disjointed with no unifying sound (I found the transition from Leave Out All The Rest to Bleed It Out to be most jarring). Expand
  7. Tyler
    May 12, 2007
    0
    Trash. But what did you expect?

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