Minutes To Midnight(Explicit Version) CD (2007)

Artist: Linkin Park

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Minutes to a new sound

by geno118@msn.com on 5/26/2007

Minutes to Midnight is not anything like the other Linkin Park CD's. They decided to go with a "new sound" and it doesn't sound like punk at all. All of the songs except 2 have a very slow tempo and almost make you fall asleep. Mike Shinoba raps in only 2 of the songs, which is another reason why I feel this CD is so different. In the previous 2 CDs, Mike rapped in almost every song which made Linkin Park have a great sound. All in all, this CD was not what I was expecting and does not sound anything like Hybrid Theory or Meteora. I did not like the way LP went with this CD and hope they stick with their old sound for their future CDs.

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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.

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Label Warner/reprise/maverick
SKU 204408438
UPC 093624447726
UPC 14 00093624447726
Format CD
Release Date 5/15/2007
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Author Linkin Park
Credits
Guitar Brad Delson
Vocals Chester Bennington
Bass Dave "Phoenix" Farrell
DJ Joseph Hahn
Vocals Mike Shinoda
Drums Rob Bourdon
Artist Bio
Linkin ParkSophomore 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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Artist Linkin Park
Label Warner/reprise/maverick
Music Format Compact Disc
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Linkin Park 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.

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Minutes to a new sound by geno118@msn.com on May 26, 2007

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