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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. 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: 82 out of 305
  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. Jack
    Feb 26, 2008
    9
    The album is excelent.
  4. Dave
    Sep 8, 2007
    7
    It's different but not bad. It's softer and slower than previous releases but if you're a pretty open-minded music fan, 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. JimboH
    Jun 9, 2007
    5
    The variety on the CD favors buying the tracks individually after you listen to a preview because there are only 2 nu-metal songs, a couple The variety on the CD favors buying the tracks individually after you listen to a preview because there are only 2 nu-metal songs, a couple songs that sound like a few of the other songs you hear this year, some that sound... different, and one thats not really much of a song. Definately a more mature sounding CD, but maybe thats not what everyone is listening for. 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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