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."
|Minutes to Midnight" is rock's most anticipated album of the year. This album redefines one of today's most adventurous, accomplished and acclaimed bands.
This Super Fan Edition CD/DVD includes a hard bound "coffee table" style art book. The 68-page book also features six fine art cards, suitable for framing tucked inside die-cut pockets in the back of the book. The book is housed in a heavyweight linen-wrapped slipcase with an embossed design on the front cover.
The MVI DVD includes downloadable tracks, "What I've Done" Music Video, a "Making of" Video, ringtones, screensavers, lyrics, photo gallery and more!