Minutes To Midnight

Metascore
56

Mixed or average reviews - based on 15 Critics

Critic 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. Blender
    70
    There's no great leap into maturity... They've kept their salient feature--scorching, adolescent tantrums--unchanged. [Jun 2007, p.109]
  3. Whatever else it is, Linkin Park's third studio record is a nu-metal record at heart.
  4. Spin
    70
    The music privileges texture over catchiness. [Jun 2007, p.97]
  5. This is the kind of music artists make to find out who they'll become next: It reaches toward many influences — notably U2 (some songs invoke the Irish rock group almost note-for-note), but also Tool, Evanescence, Nirvana and Coldplay — without committing to anything.
  6. The California rap-rockers are stymied by their decision to stay roughly within the shrieky boundaries of their genre (albeit with less emphasis on the rap).
  7. We've heard a lot of this despair before.
  8. Amid the stabs at growth, every new effect sounds borrowed.
  9. As you might imagine, the band’s emo makeover doesn’t always go smoothly.
  10. These half-arsed stabs at nu-AOR end up pleasing no one, least of all the band itself.
  11. Billboard
    50
    Linkin Park's ambitions are nearly palpable, but songs likely conceived as homages end up sounding too close to their sources. [26 May 2007]
  12. While more than half the album flounders and meanders uselessly to arrive at roughly four truly worthwhile numbers, parts of Minutes to Midnight set the foundations for a whole new array of sounds that the band can and hopefully will pursue in the future.
  13. The shift in subject matter cannot disguise Linkin Park’s acute lack of creativity.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
User Score
6.6

Generally favorable reviews- based on 655 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Negative: 83 out of 317
  1. Apr 11, 2012
    8
    Linkin 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, containedLinkin 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. Full Review »
  2. Jan 10, 2012
    3
    This album is such a dive. It's the most depressing album I have ever listened to, not only because of its subject matter but also becauseThis album is such a dive. It's the most depressing album I have ever listened to, not only because of its subject matter but also because it's dull and boring, and dull is the last thing Linkin Park is! The first two albums were about feelings, but this one is all about suicide. I get that this album tried to conclude a trilogy and it raises the question - what happens when the feelings get too much? It should have been about solving the problems, not killing yourself for them! The sound of this album is too much like Coldplay or U2. Don't get me wrong I love them both, but this is not the Linkin Park I know. The only highlight of this album is What I've Done, the rest are awful. Unless you are an emo with no life, you have no reason to poison yourself with tripe like this. Full Review »
  3. 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. Full Review »