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Format: CD
Sku: 204408438
UPC: 093624447726
UPC 14: 00093624447726
Release Date: 5/15/2007
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Song Listing

Disc 1
Song Title
1. Wake ~ Linkin Park
2. Given Up ~ Linkin Park
3. Leave Out All The Rest ~ Linkin Park
4. Bleed It Out ~ Linkin Park
5. Shadow Of The Day ~ Linkin Park
6. What I've Done ~ Linkin Park
7. Hands Held High ~ Linkin Park
8. No More Sorrow ~ Linkin Park
9. Valentine's Day ~ Linkin Park
10. In Between ~ Linkin Park
11. In Pieces ~ Linkin Park
12. Little Things Give You Away, The ~ Linkin Park
 
"Linkin Park

Sophomore albums are famously tricky affairs. Musicians have their entire lives to pen their debut album, the theory goes, and a relatively short time to follow it up. But what if the debut in question is the biggest selling album in recent memory? And what if the music industry has Hollywood-like expectations for another instant blockbuster? That was the scenario Linkin Park faced when they entered the studio to record Meteora, the follow-up to their multi-platinum debut Hybrid Theory.

That album-which Rolling Stone called ""twelve songs of compact fire indivisibly blending alternative metal, hip-hop, and turntable art""--has shipped 14 million units worldwide to date. It was the Number One selling album of 2001. It launched three chart-topping singles including ""In The End."" And in 2002 it received a Grammy for Best Hard Rock Performance for ""Crawling,"" as well as nominations for Best Rock Album and Best New Artist. After diligently pursuing their craft since the band's humble origins in Southern California circa the mid-'90s, Linkin Park now had the world's ear.

To those outside the band, the pressure to follow up that success might have seemed insurmountable. But within Linkin Park, vocalists Chester Bennington and Mike Shinoda, guitarist Brad Delson, turntablist Joseph Hahn, drummer Rob Bourdon, and bassist Phoenix weren't sweating it in ways you might expect. Instead of dwelling on outside expectations, they set to work, meticulously crafting each moment of each song to their own exacting standards. The bigger picture developed accordingly."

After a multi-platinum debut, Grammy nominations, a successful sophomore album, sold-out tours, and a collaboration with Jay-Z, the pressure was on for Linkin Park to deliver the goods with their 2007 release, Minutes to Midnight. Interestingly, the alternative metal outfit, best known for mixing rap, rock, and electronic touches, deviates from their aggressive, angst-filled sound on their third outing--opting instead to dabble in moody, atmospheric rock.

Opener "Wake" establishes the ethereal, synth-driven feel that characterizes much of the disc. Crunching electric guitars are few and far between, and most of the swirling, electronica-textured tracks weigh in at mid-to-downtempo. There are still moments of rock intensity, such as "Bleed It Out" (featuring one of rapper Mike Shinoda's few appearances), but the overall mood seems better suited to pensive bedsitting than a festival mosh pit. Co-producer Rick Rubin makes the dreamy soundscapes gleam, but longtime fans may miss the fist-pumping energy of early Linkin Park. Still, the new sonic palette of Minutes to Midnight shows a band willing to push past their own tried-and-true formulas.

"Rick Rubin … asked us what we wanted this album to sound like...We wanted to create something that maintained the integrity of the band’s personality, but pushed our boundaries. Rick challenged us that no boundaries should exist whatsoever in our creative pursuit.  Linkin Park

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Notes & Personnel Info
Muze PNote Linkin Park: Chester Bennington, Dave Farrell , Rob Bourdon, Mike Shinoda, Brad Delson, Joe Hahn.
Muze PNote After a multi-platinum debut, Grammy nominations, a successful sophomore album, sold-out tours, and a collaboration with Jay-Z, the pressure was on for Linkin Park to deliver the goods with their 2007 release, MINUTES TO MIDNIGHT. Interestingly, the alternative metal outfit, best known for mixing rap, rock, and electronic touches, deviates from their aggressive, angst-filled sound on their third outing--opting instead to dabble in moody, atmospheric rock.
Muze PNote Opener "Wake" establishes the ethereal, synth-driven feel that characterizes much of the disc. Crunching electric guitars are few and far between, and most of the swirling, electronica-textured tracks weigh in at mid-to-downtempo. There are still moments of rock intensity, such as "Bleed It Out" (featuring one of rapper Mike Shinoda's few appearances), but the overall mood seems better suited to pensive bedsitting than a festival mosh pit. Co-producer Rick Rubin makes the dreamy soundscapes gleam, but longtime fans may miss the fist-pumping energy of early Linkin Park. Still, the new sonic palette of MINUTES TO MIDNIGHT shows a band willing to push past their own tried-and-true formulas.

Producer: Rick Rubin; Mike Shinoda

Engineer: Ethan Mates; Andrew Scheps; Dana Nielsen; Phillip Broussard, Jr.
Entertainment Reviews
Expert Review Linkin Park - Minutes To Midnight - CD
By: Michael Fraiman Cinema Blend CD Reviews
Published on: 5/17/2007 11:13 PM
Midnight, while not a complete failure, is a testament to the time restrictions that Linkin Park has placed upon itself. The guys' newer electronic sound is dated even by conventional standards and their lyrics are nothing to write home about. So many years ago they could at least convince adolescent boys, but now we've got to ask: Just who are they talking to? ...read the full review
Expert Review Linkin Park - Minutes To Midnight - CD
By: Josh Phillips Blogcritics.org Reviews
Published on: 6/3/2007 9:49 PM
The New Linkin Park album Minutes To Midnight was one of my most anticipated albums for this year not only because of their great music in the past but also because they are a band whose sound is constantly evolving. Hybrid Theory was incredibly different from Meteora in the sound department, so it was fun to anticipate what they would do this time....read the full review

Compilation Appearances

Muze Music Compilations Reanimation
Muze Music Compilations Transformers: Dark Of The Moon (Ost)
Muze Music Compilations Underworld Awakening (Ost)
Muze Music Compilations Ultra Dance 15
Muze Music Compilations Twilight Soundtrack

Associated Artists and Works

Collision Course [PA] [Digipak] ~ Jay-Z
Collision Course [Edited] ~ Jay-Z
Reanimation ~ Various Artists

Technical Info

Music Release Date Release Date : 05/14/2007
Music Original Release Date Original Release Date : 2007
Music CatalogId Catalog ID : 9362444772
Music Label Name Label : Warner Bros.
Music Number of Discs Number of Discs : 1
Music Studio or Live Studio/Live : Studio
Music Mono or Stereo Mono/Stereo : Stereo
Music SPAR code SPAR Code : n/a
Music UPC UPC : 00093624447726

Professional Reviews

Rolling Stone (p.95)
- 4 stars out of 5 -- "MINUTES is honed, metallic pop with a hip-hop stride and a wake-up kick."

Rolling Stone (p.112)
- Included in Rolling Stone's "50 Top Albums of the Year 2007" -- "[T]heir metallic crunch is as brutal and efficient as ever..."

Spin (p.97)
- 3.5 stars out of 5 -- "[T]hey give their sound a dramatic makeover with help from producer Rick Rubin....The arena-emo hooks are still there..."

Bio

Linkin Park

Sophomore albums are famously tricky affairs. Musicians have their entire lives to pen their debut album, the theory goes, and a relatively short time to follow it up. But what if the debut in question is the biggest selling album in recent memory? And what if the music industry has Hollywood-like expectations for another instant blockbuster? That was the scenario Linkin Park faced when they entered the studio to record Meteora, the follow-up to their multi-platinum debut Hybrid Theory.

That album-which Rolling Stone called "twelve songs of compact fire indivisibly blending alternative metal, hip-hop, and turntable art"--has shipped 14 million units worldwide to date. It was the Number One selling album of 2001. It launched three chart-topping singles including "In The End." And in 2002 it received a Grammy for Best Hard Rock Performance for "Crawling," as well as nominations for Best Rock Album and Best New Artist. After diligently pursuing their craft since the band's humble origins in Southern California circa the mid-'90s, Linkin Park now had the world's ear.

To those outside the band, the pressure to follow up that success might have seemed insurmountable. But within Linkin Park, vocalists Chester Bennington and Mike Shinoda, guitarist Brad Delson, turntablist Joseph Hahn, drummer Rob Bourdon, and bassist Phoenix weren't sweating it in ways you might expect. Instead of dwelling on outside expectations, they set to work, meticulously crafting each moment of each song to their own exacting standards. The bigger picture developed accordingly.

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Product attributeArtist:   Linkin Park
Product attributeLabel:   Warner/reprise/maverick
Product attributeMusic Format:   Compact Disc
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