Being a fan of Linkin Park since they burst onto the scene in 2000 with the impressive "Hybrid Theory", and then refining their art (and I believe, improving it) with "Meteora" in 2003, I purchased Minutes To Midnight with high hopes for more of the same.
"Hybrid Theory" was born out of the Nu-Metal movement of the late 1990's and early 2000's, and was one of the very finest examples of the genre - It was heavily mixed and produced (some would say overly so), had memorable tracks and was filled with the youthful anger that the movement was associated with. "Meteora" moved away from this sound slightly, encompassing more challenging areas of music whilst still keeping the Nu-Metal psyche at heart with plenty of tracks displaying anger and angst in large measures. "Meteora" displayed a higher level of sophistication in terms of production and variation of musical sound, making it a creditable work, and not falling into the trap of many other contemporaries who attempted to continue with exactly the same sound of the short lived Nu-Metal movement.
"Minutes To Midnight" does still hold true to the bands Nu-Metal roots, but displays a desire to experiment with new sounds and genres. The biggest of these is probably the lower emphasis on the rock/rap style, and the higher prominence of melodic vocals on some of the albums marquee tracks. Vocalist Chester Bennington exhibits, in places, superb vocal skills and has to now be considered as a genuine lead singer as opposed to an angry, shouting, grimmacing "front man" for a Rap/Rock group. The album ebbs and flows very well, and there a very few weak tracks
2. Given Up
3. Leave Out All The Rest
4. Bleed It Out
5. Shadow Of The Day
6. What I've Done
7. Hands Held High
8. No More Sorrow
9. Valentine's Day
10. In Between
11. In Pieces
12. The Little Things Give You Away
This album works on every level. "Hybrid Theory" is a very raw piece of music that appeals to people who were teenagers in the late 1990's and early 2000's, and will empathise with the sentiments expressed. "Meteora" kept true to the band's heart but was more refined and musically better, pushing Likin Park into the bracket of what some would call a more creditable act. "Minutes To Midnight" though, excels in every area. It appeals to fans old and new, and can captivate casul listeners. A true work of brilliance from Linkin Park, that has to propel them towards the upper echelons of modern recording artists.
One of the best albums of the 21st Century.
Parents advice - listen and enjoy!
(Parental Advisory) [PA] seems to be added to so many albums & then tracks without anyone listening to the whole thing. Shadow of the Day may be a bit too middle of the road for some LP fans but shows a level of maturity in the band that invites a new audience who yearn for good enjoyable music to enjoy the rest of the album from this stepping stone. Just focussing on this track may detract from the rest of the album but those more at home with the likes of Vertical Horizon (if you haven't heard of them go shop NOW!) and maybe Keane, Maroon 5 etc will get an invitation they may not be able to decline if they start from this point and then delve deeper into Linkin Park's back catalogue.
Minutes to Midnight - 10/10!
Linkin Park has always given us great sounds over the past years. Their music has sounded very much the save from Hybrid Theory through to Meteora. I did love these albums with a passion, they were excellent. BUT they were very samey. Nothing wrong with that but I think if this album had sounded very much like those then I wouldn’t have enjoyed it as much.
This album has come from somewhere else, and I loved it. I have heard some of the songs from Minutes To Midnight remixed in to Hardstyle and Hard Dance and it goes just excellently.
If you want to hear a CD which comes from a lighter side of Nu:metal but still contains originality like no other then this album will be for you.
I would recommend this album to just about anyone who is an alternative music lover. I have got friends from Hip hop / R&B backgrounds that listen and love this album. As well as the normal Rock / Metal people who think that it is just excellent.
One of my favourite albums. It stays in the car with me at all times. 10/10!!
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A Sound that is moving on...
I heard the first single (What I've Done) from this album on TV and I was quite surprised. I was waiting for the rap to kick in, but it never came... like most Linkin Park Fans, this was unusual to me, but you know what? Once the song ended I realized it just didn't need it. Was this a new turn for Linkin Park? I rushed out and got myself a copy of 'Minutes to Midnight' to see.
The band says:
"As the process comes to a close, at the end of a year of dedication, experimentation, and soul-searching, we believe that we've achieved that which we were challenged to realize. This album defines not only what we set out to create, but who we've become as a band."
I think this highlights what this new album is all about. So, expect lyrics to be deeper and more mature than previous albums, expect new sounds and contrasts between rap and rock vocals and allow yourself to be surprised! Evolution after all is the key to any great band's sucess and I think Linkin Park have achieved this with 'Minutes to Midnight'. Well done guys!
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Different, but still a great CD
For anyone who expected more of the Hybrid Theory style heavy riffs and turn table antics, expect to be disapointed. Minutes to Midnight reveals a new sound, a raw, stripped back approach to Linkin Park. Fans of their old work may be put off, but Minutes to Midnight is still a great CD. "Given Up" and "No More Sorrow" show a newly ingrained hard rock vein, while "Valentine's Day" and the excellent "Little Things Give you away" expose a deeper, almost tender side to the former nu-metal icons. I recommend that you approach this album with an open mind; that way, it is easier to appreciate Linkin Park's grown up sound.
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