Linkin Park
Minutes to Midnight


3.5
great

Review

by Derek Marchewka USER (21 Reviews)
November 25th, 2007 | 43 replies | 8,359 views


Release Date: 2007 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Linkin Park's new album: Good, Bad, one things for sure, there arn't the same Linkin Park I knew and loved.

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Oh Linkin Park, you always seem to suck and be good at the same time. This is their third original album. It is also their worst, but that doesn't make it bad.

Now keep this in mind, I am reviewing this in November of 2007, so I've had some time to think this through. I've seen many reviews of this album and I just find it how biased they all are. They either hate it just because it has Linkin Park's name on it or love it because it has Linkin Park's name on it. I do love Linkin Park, They are refreshingly original and have a good mix of sound. I don't love this album, not to say that I hate it though.

Now if you hated Linkin Park at the beginning, don't even spend time reading this review just so you can trash it in the comment box. They did a great job on Hybrid Theory and it is one of my favorite albums. I also liked Reanimation, people can hate it all they want and I can see where their coming from, but the KRWLNG remix was great. Meteora had some good songs and wasnt quite as good as HT, but wasn't a let down. Now Live in Texas was just unnecessary and was a shot for money. Collision Course was terrible and never buy that piece of ***.

Now Minutes to Midnight is what people are saying is their worst album, and I can agree to some extent, but I think some people don't like it because they changed up their sound so much. Now while I agree that Joe Haun and Mike should definitely been involved way more with this, I like the fact that Linkin Park stepped out of their comfort zone and tried to mix it up. I saw some comments on Meteora, and someone said "I didn't mind it, but I didn't really want just another Hybrid Theory." Well there you go. They were in a difficult situation, if they released just another Hybrid Theory, they would have been criticized for it, but they are now being criticized for changing it up, but I thought they did a half decent job at it.

Wake is a perfect opener for me, it shows how they are awakening from their old sound, and the charging guitars symbolize their change into this new sound. The album featured some older type songs (Bleed it Out) but they are now involving power ballads full of emotion and I hate to say it, more generic sound. But just because it's generic, that doesn't make it bad. There are great songs on this album (Leave Out All The Rest, What I've Done, The Little Things Give You Away) even though they are generic. There has been definitely more focus on singing and guitars, which thoroughly disappoints me. I loved their brilliant mix of everything on Hybrid Theory, but now there is only two songs with Mike rapping, (Bleed it Out, Hand's Held High) although both songs are tremendous. Joseph Haun Doesn't even mix anymore. He has some effect things, but just isn't there anymore, I wish he could have put more creativity into the album then he did.

Now there are good songs, but believe me, there is ***. Given Up has the worst songwriting of a Linkin Park song, and is the most bland and derivative song. Valentine's Day just talks about his chick left him and now he's alone on Valentine's Day, Terrible. In Pieces is a hidden gem for me, It took me a few listens to grasp but it has a real mood to it and I enjoy it. Shadow of the Day is a passable song but is nothing more then passable. No More Sorrow still is stupid but that intro rules. In Between has Mike singing, and he does a great job. The Little Things Give You Away is the best song here, the longest Linkin Park song and has a terrific chorus and great ending.

I know this review will not change most of your minds, but at least know the other opinion, This album wasn't a complete let down, but I still am disappointed by many things. To enjoy this album you need to release previous thoughts of Linkin Park and accept for what it is. So although this album isnt amazing, I still have hope that Linkin Park can take this sound and their old stuff and create something great on their next album.



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    Pistol Pete (3)
    LP at their most experimental, but also most foolish....

    Kartikeya (3)
    Unique in its own way...

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    The sad fact is either way the band was fucked...

    Freddy Thomas (3.5)
    An album that has some promise is not generally fulfilled by the new sound, new style & ov...

    Kyle Hallman (3)
    After a 5 year wait for LP's next studio album. We see the band taking a toally different...

    scarsremain (5)
    LP new CD was much anticipated. BUt is the change for the better of the band...

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    Four years after Meteora, Linkin Park is back. And they have brought a new sound. Minutes ...

    DerMond (3)
    Points for effort, but too little, too late....

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    Nice points, but generally incredibly disappointing, mainly because of the hype it recieve...

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  • Porter W. Richards (3)
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Comments:Add a Comment 
McP3000
November 25th 2007



3941 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0 | Sound Off

Automatic neg for giving this above a 2.5

j/k...ill read the review.

JimmyPopAli
November 25th 2007



144 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

It's not an amazing album, but it beats the shit out of Meteora.

Thor
November 25th 2007



10183 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

Bleed It Out might be the most annoying song of the year.

McP3000
November 25th 2007



3941 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0 | Sound Off

Leave Out All the Rest, What I've Done, and In Pieces are the only listenable songs on the album...


Wizard
November 25th 2007



19296 Comments


They either hate it just because it has Linkin Park's name on it or love it because it has Linkin Park's name on it.
I think people hate them because they really aren't talented musicians. Thats my assumption after checking out all 3 or 4 of their albums (what a waste of my life). Mind you, this wasn't the worst album I've heard all year. The new Angels and Airwaves album made me vomit!
Not a bad review, it just wasn't necessary.

Digging: Downer - Downer

BallsToTheWall
November 25th 2007



44164 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

No. Meteora is alot more fun, and in my opinion better than this with the exception of Shadow And The Day. Better than H.T?. No way.

rasputin
November 25th 2007



14538 Comments


Linkin Park were cool when I was 12. Then I turned 13 and realised Blink 182 was the next big thing. Luckily I said a big 'fuckyou' to Blink and got into metal. Best move I ever made.
Moral of the story is Linkin Park suck.

BallsToTheWall
November 25th 2007



44164 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Hybrid Theory is still worthy of a couple of spins every now and then on a drive or chilling.

Zoo
November 25th 2007



3759 Comments


I don't remember the last time I listened to either.

2004?

Electric City
Staff Reviewer
November 25th 2007



15728 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

Oh Linkin Park, you always seem to suck and be good at the same time.


What?

Digging: Alvvays - Alvvays

deflepp0925
November 25th 2007



213 Comments


this album sucks period
what ive done sucks everything it shouldnt suck
bleed it out is pointless
and the rest of the album sounds like chester wrote it while he was takin a *&&* in the middle of the night
plus, linkin park aint linkin park without mike in the background thats like their signature

Electric City
Staff Reviewer
November 25th 2007



15728 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

Except Mike's raps are fucking terrible.

deflepp0925
November 25th 2007



213 Comments


yea but if u dont have em u dont have linkin park period
and there is no way that meteora is worse than this to whoever posted that cuz i have no idea how to quote on this thing


BallsToTheWall
November 25th 2007



44164 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Depends, most of the time his raps were horrible. But tracks like With You were excellent.This Message Edited On 11.25.07

Electric City
Staff Reviewer
November 25th 2007



15728 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

Meteora was pretty bad, but from what I've heard from this, it's unbearable.

deflepp0925
November 25th 2007



213 Comments


i dont know they have some great songs but like...
really it isnt anything special anymore they went in and out as fast as eminem did the only reason they get as much airplay as they do is because stupid @$$ punks out there think that linkin park is hardcore and they are listening to "the heavy stuff" thats my opinion from experience

deflepp0925
November 25th 2007



213 Comments


maybe u had ear plugs in, go check again

McP3000
November 25th 2007



3941 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0 | Sound Off

Im with Balls to the Wall. Hybrid Theory gets too much shit if you ask me. Hand it out to Meteora and this piece of crap all day long, but HT has its moments and we all liked it at one time.

BallsToTheWall
November 25th 2007



44164 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Speaking of L.P God damnit, I hate I Tunes. Just lost over 1300 songs including Hybrid Theory. ****.

deflepp0925
November 25th 2007



213 Comments


at least the other stuff had some sort of musical significance at least it was different from some other stuff
they went too mainstream thats wat happened to metallica after black album, i think black was fine and everything after except garage inc and some of load just blew



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