Review Summary: LP new CD was much anticipated. BUt is the change for the better of the band
Lets all imagine something real quick. Lets just pretend that Linkin Park never made MTM. Lets just lose all our prejudice on this album as you read this review. Alright now open your eyes. Do you feel no prejudice at this moment. If you still do, please don’t neg this review because you hate LP or MTM. I don’t really like Opeth, and I don’t go negging everything they have. That said, lets move on.
Linkin Park hit the scene in 2001 with their great debut Hybrid Theory. Featuring 12 tracks of nonstop Rap/Rock madness, many critics wondered if it could be topped? LP answered that question when 2003 saw the release of Meteora. Even if it was over produced, it proved almost worthy of its precessor. Me and my friend often repeat the slogan, Hybrid Theory makes Meteora look like ***, and Meteora kicked ASS. Meanwhile LP slaved away for four years making their newest CD, the yet to be titled Minutes to Midnight. April 2nd , 2007 saw the release of the new single What I’ve Done, the single almost shocked me with its anti-distorted guitars and redemption themed lyrics. May 25th saw the release of the actual album Minutes to Midnight, which I got my hands on a week later.
My first impressions of the album was blown away. I couldn’t believe how good LP was with such a drastic change. Later when I was listening more intently, I did discover a few flaws. This kind of shocked me again, but then again, it sort of had to have flaws. The first was the song Given Up, with its blatently suicidal lyrics and Chester singing f-words. The song itself lived up to my expectations, but Chester was never meant to cuss, as he proved in his duet with Jay-Z in his Numb/Encore collaboration. The scream for 17 seconds was really nice though. The second was the blatant ripping off of U2 in the song Shadow of the Day. Everything in that song was stolen from U2 at some point. The song still is enjoyable, but the guilt is ever present. The song really isn’t as long LP claims, as a hidden track starts near the end which leads into What I’ve Done. The hit single Bleed It Out is too short and needed a better solo at the end, but otherwise its one of my favorite tracks. The song In Pieces seems dirge like and slow until it comes to a great solo from Brad Delson.
Other from those tracks, the album is really quite good. I recommend it to any LP fan out there and to anyone else.
Great new CD
Change of sound for the better
Flaws in some songs
Shadow of the Day
No More Sorrow
The Little Things Give You Away
Hands Held High
Oh, boy, you are going to get so flamed . This album is pretty fine if you ask me, despite Hybrid Theory still being LP's best. Review could have been better written, it has almost no information at all.
Pretty empty review. I am on the entirely opposite end of the spectrum with you on this one. You didn't discuss the sound, so after I forgot all about this album and read it, I had no idea what it sounds like.
You should consider changing your recommendations. You should change Hybrid Theory to The Black Parade, because this is very far away from LP's Hybrid Theory days.