Minutes To Midnight - Linkin Park
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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.
Score distribution:
  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. 70
    The music privileges texture over catchiness. [Jun 2007, p.97]
  3. 70
    There's no great leap into maturity... They've kept their salient feature--scorching, adolescent tantrums--unchanged. [Jun 2007, p.109]
  4. Linkin Park's ambitions are nearly palpable, but songs likely conceived as homages end up sounding too close to their sources. [26 May 2007]
  5. These half-arsed stabs at nu-AOR end up pleasing no one, least of all the band itself.
  6. Amid the stabs at growth, every new effect sounds borrowed.
  7. Try as they might to sound different, or even to touch on issues bigger than their own narcissistic garbage, LP still sound like they're stuck back in 00, which is where they should have stayed.

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Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 83 out of 304
  1. RanelG
    Mar 30, 2010
    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
    i love linkin park
  3. fsl_hero
    May 30, 2008
    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. Dave
    Sep 8, 2007
    It's different but not bad. It's softer and slower than previous releases but if you're a pretty open-minded music fan, you'd like this album. Expand
  5. JoeA
    May 27, 2007
    Linkin Park has improved the lyrical and thematic elements on their music, but in their effort to craft something beyond their nu-metal niche they have lost the excitement and energy that mad e their previous studio albums so much fun. The album is alright, but most Linkin Park fans will be (and, as far as I've seen, are) disappointed. Expand
  6. ClayS
    May 22, 2007
    Track #6 is the midpoint on a slide from mediocre Linkin Park to simply unlistenable. I would rather listen to Barry Manilo then the last 6 tracks. couldnt even pawn this thing off to a hardcore Linkin Park fan for $5! Expand
  7. Tyler
    May 12, 2007
    Trash. But what did you expect?

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