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Minutes to Midnight co produced with Rick Rubin and Mike Shinoda, has had very mixed reviews since its release on May 14th 2007, it signalled an evolution of style from the raw heavy crashing 'nu metal' sound and introspective self analysis of their first two albums, which incidentally are in themselves amongst my top favourite all time releases. Minutes to Midnight moves into a more political arena with most of the songs on this album relating to war and the futility and injustice of it all. It also put more emphasis on the melodic nature of their music, while retaining the fusion of metal, hip hop, punk and alternative rock which gives Linkin Park their distinctive sound. I must admit that I'm not a lover of gushy love songs, but I'll forgive over emotional content if the lyrics are well written and the music sends my adrenalin levels ballistic, and this is what Linkin Park's first two studio albums (Hybrid Theory and Meteora) provided. Minutes to Midnight gives me that same surging joyous energy blast but the fact it does so while attempting to address world issues and wider themes is perfect for me.
Minutes to Midnight was criticised for moving over to a more pop based sound pandering to the masses. However in my opinion Linkin Park's sound has always been very melodic despite the roaring screaming surges of Chester's intense delivery where needed. This boy is the only vocalist I'm aware of that can truly scream in tune, the blistering tirades he unleashes are perfectly pitched to fit in with the rhythms and refrain of the song. These audio blasts from Beddingtons larynx are further apart on this album, but I've always loved his ability to sing like an angel as well as a demon.
I'm not a huge rap fan, and for me the decrease of Mike Shinodas rap contribution was not a problem. Though I'm not generally a rap fan I've always very much enjoyed it Linkin Park style on the previous two albums, its quite lyrical the way it cascades forth from Mike (Shinoda) in a waterfall of words, on this album the melodic musical content eclipses this characteristic. For fans of Shinoda's style there are still two tracks that feature his inimitable gift, they are 'Bleed it Out' and 'Hands Held High' which is one of my favourite tracks on the album, mainly for Chesters sweet innocent repetative refrain at the end of the song 'with hands held high into a sky so blue (amen) as the ocean opens up to swallow you (amen)'.
While Minutes to Midnight has less rap, less screaming and more melody I feel it's not a departure but an evolutionary branch, exploring other aspects of their talents. There is enough of the raw power of Linkin Park in the album to satisfy the metal fan in me, but it further showcases the soaring inspiring melodic capabilities which they have shown strong glimpses of in their previous offerings. In my opinion this is not a change of genre for Linkin Park but a maturing extension to their eclectic influences within the genre.
The tracks on this album are, with a bit of opinion:
The first track 'Wake' Follows the pattern of Meteora in being instrumental, and gives a slow build initiated simply by the sound of a needle on vinyl leading into almost a prog rock sounding denouement, this leads into what for me is the real first track of the album.
'Given Up' For me this is one of the most instantly recognisably 'Linkin Park' songs on the album and was released as a single in February 2008. It feeds into the introspective nature of the previous two albums, and features an awful lot of screaming from Mr. Beddington
'Leave Out All The Rest' is the last (5th) single released from the album, and one of my favourites. One of the softer tracks on the album which is so melodic it almost brings tears to my eyes, I find this song (When my time comes, forget the wrong that I've done, help me leave behind some reason/s to be missed') very poignant and seems to have a resigned air of someone who knows they will not always be there for their loved ones, having the hope that they will remember the good things, and how they tried to be the best they could. That is just my interpretation the song is ambiguous enough for there to be other theories. All in all for me a beautiful track.
'Bleed It Out' is one of my favourite tracks from the album, and the shortest. The opening line 'Here we go for the hundredth time' is said to reference the difficulty Mike Shinoda experienced getting the lyrics acceptable to himself and the rest of the band. It was the second single released from the album. This is another track that I feel harks back strongly to classic Linkin park, though not as 'hard' as some of their early tracks. Shinoda's trademark rap verse draws you in and builds and builds to Beddington's hearty chorus. This one is full of energy and makes me want to shout along.
'Shadow Of The Day' is yet another single release, number three from the album. On the CD it isn't clear what the lyrics are specifically speaking about. However Linkin Park have put an interpretation on to them via the video they made to accompany the track (which is not included on the CD). The references to subjugation and a fight for freedom are inferred from the video footage of a chaotic street scene, the significance of the time shown on the clock as Chester wakes is referencing 'the Doomsday Clock' http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Doomsday_Clock which shows symbolically how far man is from destroying himself . The song itself is beautiful, sweet and melodic featuring Chester's vocals throughout.
'What I've Done' Was the first single to be released and featured on the transformers sound track, this is probably the most 'heard' of the tracks on the album. I really like this track, it has the typical Linkin Park regretful tone, I think it may even be talking about 'I' as in mankind messing things up, if it is then the song is more meaningful for me. The song lacks the 'Nu metal' edge but even so is pretty good in my opinion.
'Hands Held High' this track has been called 'cheesy', and yes it is a little, but I love it. Mike's rap is right on the money, and Chester's pretty voice rather than his shouty one features here, it sounds clean, and true. It builds from Shinoda's angsty rap to an almost delicate but moving denouement, the choir at the end some think is over done and saccharin, I don't, it's used subtly and I think it suits the feel of the song perfectly. I didn't think I would like this but it's become one of my favourite tracks.
This fairly delicate offering leads on to the hardest track on the album 'No More Sorrow', which is another favourite for me. This song is almost giving the president at the time (Bush) the finger. There is a decent instrumental build up bringing in Chester's trademark angry tirades, supported by dense instrumentation. I feel that he is trying to hold back on this album a little and his scream technique seems to lack a little of the wattage of the earlier albums, and I have to admit that I miss that. However this for me is a good track.
Valentine's Day is a track I can take or leave, it's not 'Linkin Park' enough for me to love it, neither is it different enough for it to grab my interest. However Chester's vocals are very good here, portraying mixed emotions while grabbing the final harder climax to the song by the throat... In fact while listening to this and writing I've changed my mind, I've not heard it for a while and on hearing it again it's grown on me.
'In Between' features more Shinoda, and I like the way the track begins almost conversationally. Shinoda's rapping is more melodic in this track. In fact I wouldn't class it as rap at all, although there is that conversational rhythm to it. This track while perfectly pleasant for me is somewhat tedious, there is no change throughout the song, and it's one of the very few Linkin Park tracks I often skip when listening to an album.
'In pieces' starts with a 'hollow' sounding instrumentation, to me this sounds a little like a muted steel drum!? This follows throughout the song. I like this track, but it has neither balls nor melody enough to make it stand out. The lyrics are typically Linkin Park though, 'all I've got is what you didn't take'. There is a decent guitar instrumental in the middle, which signals an increase in tempo, but not enough for me to save it from being average.
The final track 'The Little Things Give You Away', seems to be about one person living through Hurricane Katrina, the lyrics are poignant and meaningful. The instrumentation and vocal style initially is 'deliberate' and gently emphatic as if to push the point home. It has a feeling of resignation to It, as if the person knows that they have been/will be treated badly by the government but also know that there is not much they can do about it 'you don't want to reach for me do you? I mean nothing to you'. Chester's vocals are purely melodic here and suit the tone of the song. There is a good build, and I like the final part of the song where Shinoda sings the lyrics counterpointed against Chester's . . . erm... wailing.. in the background. I think this works very well. I've emphasised Chester's vocals throughout the album as he seems to feature most strongly, but Shinoda has a great voice for singing as well as rapping. This track for me is a tad too long, and slow, but the lyrics are excellent.
Previous Linkin Park albums have spoken to me in a very personal way, so many of the tracks perfectly said what has been going on in my life in a way that I could relate to, they make my adrenalin pump and have me shouting along with them. This one does not have that aspect to it for me, so there is a level of detachment while listening to it, this does not take away from the fact that some of the melodies in this album are my favourite Linkin Park offerings and I will often find myself singing one of them to myself without initially realising I am doing so.
For me Hybrid Theory their first album is still their best and my go to Linkin Park listen. However I'm glad I bought Minutes to Midnight before I caught a whiff of all the nay sayers scepticism because I think on the whole it's a good album. A band trying to develop their style and stay current is not going to please everyone and it does have it's weaknesses, but I hope that this is an intermediary thing which will lead them to even greater things.
I hope you can forgive the length of my first 'proper' music review, and the track by track thing. Thank you for reading.
~Reasons for Buying~
I bought this album about three years ago, from Sainsburys where it cost me £11.99. I regret paying this much for it now as I know that if I looked online or went somewhere else I could have easily gotten it cheaper. But anyway the main reasons I bought this album were obviously because I liked the band and because I had heard and loved their new song, 'What I've done'. My music taste has changed considerably since then and nowadays I'm not that keen on it but at the time this was the kind of music style I was in to.
The album cover is quite dull, all in black and white. The front of it shows the band from the front (as shown in picture) and when you turn it over on the back there is an image of them from the back. Inside the little booklet that comes with the album cover you will find first of all a message from the band and then lyrics to the songs. In the middle there is also a photograph of the band and at the end is the band giving their thanks to people who have helped them.
The disc itself is shiny silver with Linkin Park's logo (I think) which is like an L and a P linked into each other.
Linkin Park's music style is quite heavy rock, sort of metalish but with a few slower songs featured on this album as well. Basically it is the kind of music shown on Scuzz and Kerrang so if you like girly pop music you probably won't like this.
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
My favourite track on the album - I mean, the only track I like on the album - is What I've Done. It isn't that metal and although it is rock it isn't too clashy or shouty and has quite a good catchy tune to the chorus.
There is quite a lot of swearing in this album which is why it has a parental advisory sticker on the front cover. The worse songs are Given up and Bleed it out. I've got nothing against swearing but in these songs they seemed to be swearing just for the point of it, and the end result was there weren't any proper lyrics, just a load of swearing which made me not enjoy the songs so much.
Also there were some really boring tracks in this album; Leave Out All The Rest comes to mind. It was too slow, dull and repetitive. And the lyrics were miserable.
I would not recommend this album overall. I listened to it once and then put it straight to the back of my CD collection. I do actually feel quite embarrassed to own it; its that bad. I much prefer their older stuff which I think is a lot more unique and just overall is a lot better.
It might just be my personal taste but I don't really like this album, if you like lots of pointless swearing, boring, feeling-sorry-for-myself-lyrics and are into metal and hard rock on the other hand you might like it.
Linkin Park are back with their third album after the multi platinum selling success of Hybrid Theory and the explosive follow up Meteora. Therefore after becoming a later bloomer to their first album and and almost instantly snapping up their second album, I quickly bought this one to.
However this is not the same band that I am used to hearing, they have taken their music direction in a very different path now. What I had known Linkin Park was roaring guitar riffs, chester's extremely strong lyrics and high screams at times to but what this offers is something very different
There are some moments which are a reminder of the former band including Given Up and the lead single What I've Done. However this visit is only brief and instead the band has introduced a much more softer, more melodic sound which focuses instead on the lyrics. It is in that respect that you really appreciate what a talented singer Chester Bennington is.
No song paints such a stark contrast between the old and new than Hands Held High which sees them contemplating the craziness of the world around them with an almost choir like chorus. Yes a choir! I have envisaged hearing this from Linkin Park. However this is not a barb far from it, it's a very composed song, which is almost hypnotic and definitely ranks a standout.
The theme of this continues throughout the album with songs like the excellent Valentines Day and In Pieces, a song where the mixed signals of his lover are breaking him down. Furthermore songs like Shadow Of The Day sound almost like something you would expect to hear from U2.
This was a very brave move from the band and when you accept that the old them has moved on, you realise that for the most part this actually works. The songs are not as instantly compelling but they are extremely thoughtful and the lyrics now have more of a meaning to them, a vast improvement.
There are a few songs which don't hit their target though including the pointless intro as well as The Little Things Give You Away which although the sentiment of the Katrina victims might be well meaning, it comes across as being quite bland and lacking in direction.
I will never consider this album in the same class as their previous efforts but they have managed to convincingly reinvent themselves here. Of course we will now never know where they will go next since the band has now broken up.
After Linkin Park's two very successful Nu-Metal albums, their third, Minutes to Midnight (MTM), was expected to continue along those lines. However, it was slated by many reviewers, saying the band had gone into pop and moved away from their original roots, this being a turn for the worse. While it is clear that the band has moved in an entirely new direction, I personally loved the new stuff just as much as the old. The songs tend to be a lot slower and gentler than previously seen, only "My December" and "Easier To Run" could be considered 'soft' prior to MTM. Below I have spoken about each song on the album and rated them.
1. WAKE (1:40)
The introduction to the album. Wake starts off very slow then builds up into an explosion of pleasant music. It's not really a song so to speak; it's the type you'll only listen to when you play the album as a whole, as a lot of the songs continue into the next. It is an instrumental, so no voices involved here. 7/10
2. GIVEN UP (3:09)
Given up was the fourth single to be released from the album, but I can only imagine what this song could have been. It starts excellently with a catchy beat and lyrics, but is spoiled around midway with, what I find as, unnecessary screaming. I am a fan of Chester's screams, but it doesn't fit here at all and this song always gets a skip when it gets to that point. 6/10
3. LEAVE OUT ALL THE REST (3:31)
This song is something you must hear. It is one of the new softer ones and it is absolutely fantastic. It starts with some wonderful sounds and seems to tell the story of someone's life that hasn't gone quite as they planned. It speaks in a reflective way and it is quite sad and, if used in a film the correct way, could be quite emotional. I believe it was in the recent "New Moon" film actually. The only annoying thing about the album version of this song is that the link into the next one is quite long and not fabulous to listen to! The band clearly recognised this song's brilliance too as it was their fifth and final single from MTM. 10/10
4. BLEED IT OUT (2:44)
Bleed It Out is the first song rapper Mike Shinoda is in and here the band have created a fast paced party song that majority who hear it love. It is the shortest song (excluding Wake) on the album, but that is perhaps reflective of the speed it's sung at. It is a great song to sing along with and will get you dancing in your seat! Another great of MTM. 10/10
5. SHADOW OF THE DAY (4:52)
Similar to Leave Out All The Rest, Shadow Of The Day is another slow song and another single by Linkin Park, their third released. While I like the pleasant and relaxing nature of this song, I am quite surprised it was released as a single. It represents everything that the band has now become and the opposite of what they used to play. The only criticism of this song I personally have is the link to the next song is ridiculously long and nothing special to listen to; but as it was released as a single, you can get a version without that. 9/10
6. WHAT I'VE DONE (3:25)
What I've Done was the first single to be released from MTM and is probably the most popular one to grace the album. It gained a place in the public eye due to its use in the Transformers movie, hence its popularity, and is widely loved by hardcore fans and the mainstream audience. The song was actually nominated for best hard rock performance during one of Linkin Park's live displays, one I was at! Milton Keynes Bowl 29.6.08. I personally love the song, especially the effects that Joe Hahn adds to the song. 10/10
7. HANDS HELD HIGH (3:53)
Mike takes over fully in this song for the first time in any of Linkin Park's songs. Hands Held High is not one of Linkin Park's most renowned songs as it doesn't really have a catchy beat, although it is something you can rap along to if you have the lung capacity to do so! Overall not an amazing song, but if you like Mike's voice, you'll probably like it; I do. 7/10
8. NO MORE SORROW (3:41)
Now we meet my personal least favourite of MTM; No More Sorrow. The song is very well done, but is destroyed in a similar way to Given Up. It has a long build up intro, some good, but short, lines from Chester, but I feel it is crushed at the bridge. Chester's screaming voice reappears as he bellows "Thieves and hypocrites" which totally ruins the song. 4/10
9. VALENTINE'S DAY (3:16)
I am forever thankful Linkin Park ventured into their new style because, without it, a song like this wouldn't even be something I could dream of. Chester's voice, which had largely been used for screaming and shouting (to good effect) prior to this album, is actually such a thing of beauty and his lovely singing throughout this song could bring you to tears. The song has a sad tone and talks about being alone on Valentine's Day. Kind of emo I suppose, but its fantastic. Funnily enough I found this song three Valentine's Days ago, which in turn led to me discovering the band themselves, probably why I love this song so much. 10/10
10. IN BETWEEN (3:16)
This song is the exact same length as the one before it, but doesn't really match its quality. Similar to Hands Held High, Mike takes the lead vocals but this song doesn't really do it for me. And, for the first time, Mike is singing rather than rapping. He does also posses an excellent voice (demonstrated in their song No Roads Left), but this song really seems to be lacking something. 6/10
11. IN PIECES (3:38)
I look at this as the 'unsung' song of the album. Chester resume normal standard with lead vocals and sings about someone that perhaps isn't the greatest of people, the chorus suggesting a poor relationship with someone (be that as a partner or family, I don't know). Chester's voice borders on screaming at points, while majority he is using this new found soft and magical voice, and it all comes together perfectly for a great song. 9/10
12. THE LITTLE THINGS GIVE YOU AWAY (6:23)
At first I hated this song, I really did. I felt it has a poor structure, was too slow and just boring overall. It took a long time for me to really sit down and listen to it, and appreciate it, but I certainly do now. It is certainly a beautiful song, very slow, very calm, very new Linkin Park. It is certainly something that won't suit the taste of 'old school' Linkin Park fans. But I find this a divine piece of work now with an amazing ending; Chester, Mike and Phoenix, the Bassist, each sing a line or two over each other and the music fades away, leaving only their voices to carry you too the ending, and it is a splendid finale I must say. Amazing song. 9/10
And that, I'm afraid, concludes the album. You have the chance to continue the experience into one more new song if you buy the "Tour Edition", which includes track #13 No Roads Left, which I mentioned earlier. I would recommend getting that version. As for the original, this is a truly stunning album, despite the occasional poor song. The magic of the good songs on the album hugely outweighs any negatively they present anyway.
I loved Linkin Park's seminal Hybrid Theory, but have never been especially fond of their other works, and Minutes to Midnight is another instance where this is true. Taking it on its own merits, though, it is a decent enough album with a few catchy songs even if it doesn't have enough. Here are the best:
Given Up = an aggressively and prototypical LP song, this was used in the adverts for Crank 2. It is furious and in touch with the same sensibilities they had on Hybrid Theory, with a tepid verse that then builds to an angry and frenetic chorus that's surely a floor filler.
Leave Out All the Rest = one of the few sensitive LP songs that works in my opinion. It is about someone lamenting the fact that they are mortal, and then asking if they will be remembered once they die. It has an absurdly catchy chorus and was used on the end credits of the film Twilight.
Bleed It Out = going back to the fast pace, as have Mike Shinoda making his most prominent appearance on the album, tearing out a barn-storming rap that then allows Chester to continue with the chorus "I bleed it out, dig it deeper just to throw it away" which gets a bit repetitive but is also quite hypnotic.
What I've Done = one of their most famous songs, this was used in the Transformers film as the end credits music, and is probably the best song on here. It is "old school" LP and very catchy.
The latter half of the album in particular flags with slow ballad-like songs, and this isn't the album I hoped for, but objectively it will probably please MOST of their fans.
Minutes to Midnight is the 2007 album from Linkin Park.It follows Hybrid Theory and Meteora.It has 12 tracks and for the album Linkin Park brought in famous producer Rick Rubin.
The album starts off with "Wake", a short instrumental.I think it sets the vibe of the album nicely.Its followed by a track called "Given Up" which sounds a lot like a track that would have been on Meteora.It is followed by an average track called "Leave Out All The Rest".However it is followed by the one of the best songs on the album;"Bleed It Out" with loud electric guitars accompanied by Mike Shinoda's rapping verses and Chester's screaming chorus.
It gets even better with the next song "Shadow of the Day" which is a quiet and heartfelt song in contrast to the rest of the album.It is not what you would expect from Linkin Park, and is a welcome addition.It is followed by a much faster song,"What I've Done".It is probably the most well-known song on the album because it featured in the smash hit movie Transformers.The keyboard line works well with the guitars to make a real rocker of a song.On the album its followed by another song dealing with a serious matter "Hands Held High",in which Mike raps about the war in the Middle East and Bush's presidency.Mike's verses are very good but I didn't like Chester's synthesised vocals.After the best 4 songs,the album takes a downward turn.The last 5 songs:No More Sorrow,Valentine's Day,In Between,In Pieces and Little Things Give You Away are not very remarkable or interesting.
It's an average album,but only die-hard Linkin Park fans will love it.For the casual listener I would using Itunes or another site where you can buy individual songs to just get "Bleed It Out","Shadow of the Day","What I've Done" and "Hands Held High".After that I agree with Chester when he says "Leave Out All The Rest".
Ok first of all let me say which tracks I really liked off this album:
(2) Given up, a great rocking intro. Chester holds back and then lets loose. The instruments all work great together. The drumming is especially great.
(3) Leave out all the rest; this is one of the singles released off this album and is more of a ballad than one of their usual songs. Chester's vocals work really well as do the synth effects. The chorus is really good. Its one of those songs that will get stuck in your head.
(4) Bleed it out, this is the second single released off this album. The intro is great especially with Mike Shinoda's rapping. Chester's chorus vocals are repetitive but catchy. The song overall is very catchy.
(6) What I've done, probably the band's best known song, it was the first single released off the album with a striking video to match. It also features on Guitar Hero World Tour and in the credits for the first Transformers movie. This song is a bit more mainstream, there is no heavy screaming from Chester and no rapping from Mike.
(9) Valentines day, one of my definite favourites off this album. Most of it consists of Chester singing over a piano and then it roars into the main chorus, Chester's singing is the best on this track off this album.
This is the third album from Linkin Park. It is a bit different from the first two but that isn't always a bad thing. It has some great singles and is a must buy for any Linkin Park fan.
Minutes To Midnight is the third album by Linkin Park and was released in 2007. The twelve explosive tracks pull together for an amazing album and this is evidential of the fact that nearly 50% of the songs were released as singles (Five out of twelve). This is one of my favourite albums of all time and has received so much air play by myself that I practically know it inside out !
'Wake' is a very peaceful instrumental to start the album of in style. Although lyrically redundant, it is a very nice piece of music indeed and really sets the tone for an outstandingly talented album. At only 1.40 minutes, it is more of an introduction than an actual track, but it does the job of breaking you in incredibly well.
The pace increases along with the addition of harder sounding music and also actual lyrics for the first real track on the album. Given Up has quite a heavy metal feel, especially in the chorus when some of the words are extended and stretched. This is a very bouncy tune that is quite enjoyable for the first two thirds of the track. Unfortunately, the last minute is a display of this 'heavy metal' feel picked up on before and I do not feel it fits completely well with the song.
Things take a dash back down soft and peaceful lane for the song 'Leave Out All The Rest'. Slow and soft, it is the complete opposite to the track it follows, and is a nice rendition of the peaceful talent that Linkin Park can offer. That is of course until the chorus appears and the whole band really show what they are capable of! This is a good song, but is not one of my favourites for the pure fact that I prefer to listen to the faster tunes.
My disregard for the previous track is completely fulfilled once again with the fourth track; 'Bleed It Out.' This sports an ultra tempo and incredible music, but I feel the main star is definitely the lyrics. Sung so fast they are borderline rap, they offer a real example of the diversity of the bands compatibilities. Not only would I class this as one of my favourite tracks on the album, but I would say without hesitation, that this is definitely up there with my favourite songs of all time! Super track!
After the eccentric explosion we just witnessed, the track order cleverly places a calmer tune in fifth place with a song called 'Shadow of the Day'. This is not a compelling mixture of instrumental carnage, instead a well structured and ordered piece of music that almost severs all stereotypes with being something to do with the band itself. This is not the sort of style you would expect to hear from a hyper band such as Linkin Park, and it is this bravery which makes me respect and enjoy this track.
'What I've Done' is a song that is more widely known than some of the others on the album due to its presence on the film Transformers, and also an inclusion on the Guitar Hero game. I have to say I was not amazed by this track at first, I think I felt it was too slow and didn't really flow too well, but over time, I can definitely say I have grown to like this track an awful lot.
Track seven is when we learn that this album is up there with the greats. We have already learned that it includes one of my favourite songs ever, but now, we witness another! 'Hands Held High' is so good, that I love it as much, if not a little bit more, than track four and it definitely holds a place in my favourite list. Reverting back to the spoken lyrics feel, you would not be scowled upon for confusing the lead singer as Will.I.Am, something which I do agree he has the same style as. If you analysed the lyrics to this, you could well and truly sit down and read a novel from what you get. Perfectly flowing from one line to the next, they tell an emotional journey of the violent conflict we witness so often in the world today. Even if you do not care for the band, or even this style of music, this is a track you definitely want to listen to. It is simply epic!
'No More Sorrow' has an introduction that I feel somewhat let down by, but then, alas, the 'proper' music kicks in and we see the band reverting back to the style they are most famous for. Although this is a good track, it does not really have any defining points that would make it count as a brilliant tune.
'Valentine's Day' is a romantic track that highlights the fact that the album seems to have its tracks lined up in such an order that a massive hyper tune is followed by a calming song. Or at least for the first part anyway, as the chorus once again includes the chorus of musical input. It is the chorus actually, that I feel lets the song down a little. Great up until this point, it is unfortunate that the repetition begins to sound annoying after a few bars.
'In Between' is a little known track that is destined to send you to sleep. In a good way. It is not amass with music, nor is it the bearer of screaming lyrics, it actually stays true throughout the duration and is a very intelligent addition to the album. Located further down the track listing is a good idea, but it still should not be looked past when choosing a track.
'In Pieces' has a very funky beat to it, in a fashion that we have not heard so far before. I actually love this almost slowed down drum and bass feel. Please do not let this comment put you off, it is just what I think of when I listen, you should also know that my brain tells me I can also hear a slowed down 'ska' section later on in the track. I love the way the lyrics are sung and although it is not one of my favourites, I definitely would say I enjoy this track.
The final tune on the album is a monster track called 'The Little Things Give You Away'. In fact, the only thing longer than the title is the song duration, at over six minutes. I have to say, I do not love this track, I like it, but I certainly see no love. The main reason for this has got to be the dazed pace and downbeat tempo. It does increase as the song progresses, but I just do not feel like this track holds the right amount of oomph that could have rounded up the album in style.
Minutes to midnight was the third studio album by nu metal or rock band Linkin Park. The album was released in 2007 and in my eyes is probably the worst album that they have released as a band, its not a terrible album, there are even some great songs on here but I just don't feel this album was consistently great and it was also no where near any of their previous releases which isn't great as you would expect a band to go forward not backwards.
The first song off the album is called given up, well there is a song called rest before that but its just an introduction which is very short and isn't that great to be honest. Given up is not one of my favourite songs, its almost as if Linkin Park have tried to go Emo, its just not a great sound, I was a bit disappointed hearing this as it was the first song I heard off the album.
Bleed it out is track number four off the album and is my favourite song by miles, its one of the only songs off the album that reminds me of the old Linkin Park, it has Mike rapping in it which is always great to hear, and it has Chester singing some almost metal like lyrics, it's a song which carries pace all the way through and is a great listen.
What iv done is also another incredible song off the album, I think I just prefer bleed it out because its faster and its my kind of song as I like the rapping in it as well but I can hear the beauty in this one as well, sure its not like their old style but in this song I just don't seem to mind that, it's a beautifully well crafted song, I just love it.
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. Little Things Give You Away
Overall this album was just not what I expected from Linkin Park, some people may prefer it to their previous albums, but I think they have gone a step in the wrong direction with this one, a couple a good songs but apart from that a pretty poor album.
So I have been reviewing some of my favourite albums recently. And I was thinking this is one of my current favourites so I better include it. I have been a fan of Linkin Park since the beginning. Have always liked their albums but they have never been good enough for me to think wow! Minutes to Midnight is! It's just has that little something extra for me! So as usual am going to through all the songs and let you know why I think they are so good.
1. Wake - Just a short intro which takes you into track 2 really. 8/10
2.Given Up - A fast paced typical Linkin Park offering. I do like this song but there is some strong language in it, which is unusual for Linkin Park. Still a very good song though. 8/10
3. Leave out all the rest- A slower song, not quite as good as some on the album. Still good in its own way though. 8/10
4. Bleed it Out - I love this song, is a great driving song! Has a real good rhythm to it and a strong beat! Gets stuck in your head very easily! 9/10
5. Shadow of the Day - Another slow song, but I really like this one. It just oozes conviction and meaning. A really good inclusion to the album. 9/10
6. What I've Done - Very well known song. Big guitar riffs and a pounding beat. This is a awesome song and was the first release off the album and it's not hard to see why Linkin Park wanted to put this out there! 10/10
7.Hands Held High - Quite an unusual song. Almost like a wrap song. Not bad, very powerful lyrics aimed at president Bush by the sound of it. Not quite doing it for me though. 7/10
8. N More Sorrow- Quite a loud song, not my favourite, one of the weaker efforts. 6/10
9. Valentine's Day- Brilliant song. I really like this one. Starts off quite slow and builds up. 9/10
10. In Between - Another song that is not quite good enough in my opinion. 6/10
11. In Pieces - Not bad, but again lacking the drive of earlier songs. 7/10
12. The Little things give you away- Quite a chilled out finish. Think the band has tried to make this sound really epic; it is a good song but does not quite reach the heights it threatens too. 8/10
Overall a very good album, some of the songs are what I would call weak, but overall it's well worth a listen. Would have to give it 8/10
I have liked Linkin Park from the very first time I heard 'One Step Closer', and have even risked seeing them live several times in the knowledge that I am about 20 years older than their average fan! However what is interesting about this album is that although it is not my favourite, it probably has the capacity to appeal to their widest audience yet, such is its diversity. The loud angst filled tracks are still there for the teenagers, most notably so in the shape of 'Given Up', 'Bleed it Out' and 'No More Sorrow'. However there are far more reflective and mellow efforts alongside them, which although personally I could mostly do without, do illustrate the way in which the band has matured and evolved over the years.
And although I prefer the loud guitars and high octane vocals, even I have to bow down to the magnificence which comes right at the end. 'The Little Things Give You Away' is a simple yet beautifully haunting song written about the chaos in New Orleans which followed the devastating hurricane several years ago, and is a damning indictment of the US government's abject failure to deal adequately with the crisis. It is certainly not a song which I could have imagined them penning at the start of their road to fame and fortune.
Many will feel that don't want to give this a try because they know what Linkin Park are about, and it is not their cup of tea. However I would suggest that even if you don't buy this album initially, try and get to listen to the likes of 'Shadow of the Day', 'Leave out all the Rest' and 'In Pieces', and you may find yourself pleasantly surprised.
To be honest I am probably really biased towards this album because of my ongoing obsession with Linkin Park but I honestly do think that people have been harsh about the album, it's mostly because they don't like change and there's definitely a different feel to this album than the previous ones, it's maybe a little less angry and it has a theme throughout (of reflecting on the past) and obviously has less rap.
The album was long awaited, Linkin Park insisting on making it the best they possibly can (which I appreciate) but I really do love the album enough to think perhaps the wait was worth it. The previous albums were of course fantastic (as people often point out) but so is 'Minutes To Midnight' in it's own way, Linkin Park have matured and some fans need to accept this, and fair enough if they prefer the 'old Linkin Park' and stop listening to them but maybe the album will also bring some new fans.
Tracks like 'No More Sorrow' and 'Given Up' are pretty similar and more heavy, with a bit of skilful screaming from Chester showing how they show their angry side very well and shows the musical talent as well with guitar and performed live often ends in impromtu riffs.
Whereas tracks like 'Shadow Of The Day' and 'In Pieces' are softer and more melodic - something you can sit and relax with.
Band members like Mikes Shinoda and Chester Bennington show their brilliant abilities to write lyrics on the album, able to keep the theme ongoing and yet each song has its own meaning and is memorable, even the lesser known songs are creditable.
Plus I enjoy the album because Linkin Park finally show their ability to have fun with 'Bleed It Out'! I for one am looking forward to their new album in 2009, I wonder if it will be similar to 'Minutes To Midnight' or show even more development, either way I am sure it will be worth listening to.
So please give the album a chance instead of trying to live in the past, you won't regret it!
Minutes 2 Midnight was released on the 14th May 2007. Minutes to Midnight is named after the doomsday clock that measures how close society is to wiping itself out through war and other selfish acts. This album was different than the others because the music became more mellowed out, still alternative rock but just in a different way. Hybrid Theory and Meteora the two most popular previous albums were full of screaming lyrics and rapping however this album has Chester (the lead singer) is singing more and there is slower music in most of the album.
So heres the song list:
This is just a short instrumental at the start of the album as kind of an introduction to the CD. It is slow paced and nice to listen to. It sounds like at the start a needle being put onto a record track and then there is piano playing slowing, getting faster and more intense with also then towards the end drums and guitar playing as well.
2. Given Up
This song is very similar to the previous music that Linkin Park used to make, its angry and has Chester screaming lyrics just like before. It's a song about giving up and moving and being your own worst enemy. The music in this song is fast and 'rocky', I love a good guitar riff.
3.Leave out all the Rest
This is a slower song which is nice to listen to, its about a dream about going missing nobody really caring except one person, then realising that eventually you will be gone for good and for the person who cared not to be scared and always to remember them. Its a great slow song and really touching.
4. Bleed it Out
This is the first time in the album that Mike raps. It's also quite similar to the work that Linkin Park have done in the past. It's also a faster paced song with a lot of scream singing by Chester and rapping by Mike in it. This song is about the war and social responsibility.
5.Shadow of the Day
This is another slower song with no scream singing or rapping in it. It's about leaving loved ones to make a new start. I personally think that this is one of the better songs within this album.
6.What I've Done
This was the first song that was released off this album. It's medium paced but doesn't have any rapping in it. It's about the war and all the bad things that have happened in history due to greed and un-acceptance.
7.Hands Held High
Mike raps on this track the whole way through though it's still a slow paced song with an army like drum roll through out it. This song is about the war and how rich people are the ones who decide that we should go to war and yet poorer people are the ones who suffer.
8.No More Sorrow
This is the last fast paced song in this album and has again scream singing by Chester. There is a great face paced song and holds a lot of anger within it saying basically in it that no more sorrow should be made over the war.
This song is slow and mellow, the lead singer Chester before releasing this album had split up with his wife and this song is rumoured to be about that.
10. In Between
This song is sung by Mike and shows that he has a really nice harmonious singing voice. It's again slow paced and mellowed put which seems to be the direction that this album has mostly taken. This song is one of my favourites from the album.
11. In Pieces
This is another song about the breakup of Chester's marriage and how he will be leaving it in pieces. It's another quite screamy song however it is slower paced than other songs of this type. This song is rumoured to also be about Chester's divorce.
12.The Little Things Give You Away
This song is the longest song in the album. It has a great solo within it and is really relaxing to listen to. This is also a slower more mellowed out song in this album, it has no rapping or scream singing in it. This is another one of my favourite songs from the album.
Chester Bennington - Vocals
Rob Bourdon - Drums
Brad Delson - Lead Guitar
Dave "Phoenix" Farrell - Bass Guitar
Joe Hahn - Turntables, Samples, Beats
Mike Shinoda - Vocals, Guitar, Keyboards/Piano
I think that this is a great album filled with great music and a different genre of music for Linkin Park, I enjoyed this album though previous fans may not like as there isn't that many faster rocky tunes in it as they are used to.
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Four years after the huge success of Meteora, the California based Nu-Metallers return with their third studio album. Recorded over fourteen months at The Mansion in Los Angeles and produced by Mike Shinoda and Rick Rubin, the band utilise new instruments and recording techniques to produce an interesting and unique sound.
After an excellent minute and a half long introductory instrumental piece the band drop in the worst track of the piece in Given Up - thankfully this isn't necessarily an apt name and if one looks past this shocker, Minutes To Midnight has plenty more to offer. The following track, Leave Out All The Rest is one such track, which has a pleasing melodic and mellow twist to it.
Moving towards the end of the album, Shadow Of The Day provides an excellent slower track which is vocally spot on, and not forgetting the excellent debut single What I've Done which is a powerful anthem, and one of the main highlights - incidentally I think it was an inspired move not including this within the opening few tracks of the album - where most singles tend to reside.
The overall picture is one of a modern and cutting edge challenge, sometimes swaying a little too far over the boundary but one the whole I'm looking forward to perusing this.
Disc #1 Tracklisting
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 Little Things Give You Away