Linkin Park
Minutes to Midnight


2.5
average

Review

by Simon.K CONTRIBUTOR (149 Reviews)
June 11th, 2017 | 218 replies


Release Date: 2007 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Just another face in the crowd.

What’s the worst type of album anyone can listen to" I can tell you right off the bat, it’s not always a terrible one; a bad album can be just as entertaining as a great one. There’s merit to the statement as well, just look at any long-time band and you’ll notice people talk more about the great ones or the misfires. No, the worst crime any album can commit is being bland: the type of record that isn’t good enough to be memorable, but isn’t bad enough for people to talk about in the years to come. Welcome to Linkin Park’s third studio album, a record that represents a band desperately trying to shun their roots by utilizing a trove of derivative ideas and plagiarisms. It’s common knowledge at this point that Linkin Park like to shake things up, for better or worse, but this was the starting ground for what would be the novelty Linkin Park we know today. A Linkin Park that spends more time trying to convince its listeners on how diverse and open-minded they are as artists than write genuine music.

After the release of Meteora in 2003 the band dropped out of the limelight, taking a 4-year break, while Mike went off to make his debut rap album as Fort Minor, and the rest of the band took a break. So, when it finally became time to make a new record, they wanted a massive shake up, something to get them out of the pigeonhole they found themselves in; hiring Rick Rubin as their producer and setting out to change their image. Sadly, the result is a collection of bland radio-rock tunes that range from insipid to average. The epic intro building on “Wake” sets out to bring a promising crescendo builder before shifting into the album’s first proper track “Given Up”, which is a pretty decent track that contains a dirty, driving bass-line for its verse, before slipping into a catchy powerhouse chorus, effectively executed by Chester’s great vocal performance, and then rounding off with an impressive elongated scream. And if I’m honest, if we’re judging the album on its first two tracks, it actually sets off to a pretty high standard, successfully moving the band into a fresh and interesting sound. Hell, even the ballad “Leave Out All the Rest”, while nothing particularly earth-shattering, brings a catchiness that adequately delivers a pinning interest – offering enough hallmarks from the band to make it familiar, yet progressive. “What I’ve Done” is another track that gets it right and offers little let up with its simple song structure and infectious melodies.

It’s here on out where things get very hairy though. There’s a distinct lack of identity, with a terrible clash of ideas: “Shadow of a Day” is a U2 rip-off through-and-through, that not only offers little instrumentally, but Chester’s vocal performance holds nothing in helping the track out; the laughably bad “No More Sorrow”, which attempts to pander to its older fanbase does more damage than good; and the likes of “Hands Held High” takes the award for being both extremely dull musically, and vocally mundane as Mike ham-fistedly drone raps through the track with his horribly cliched lyrics. And while we’re on the subject of lyrical content, it feels loosely political, but is executed in a really corny and embarrassing way – the latter two tracks mentioned for being the biggest offenders. “Valentine’s Day” is quite possibly one of the worst Linkin Park songs in existence, showcasing a vomit-inducing whine underpinning Chester’s performance, which is supported by a terrible hook made on the piano. In fact, quite honestly, the album jumps off the cliff when it gets to the last quarter of the record, and it’s not even for being really bad, per se, it’s because by this point it doesn’t hold up as a Linkin Park record anymore. “Valentine’s Day” is the only truly dire track here, the rest of the songs are just really forgettable, generic pieces that hold a minimal amount of their own identity. Even though the projects that proceed Minutes to Midnight vary in quality – and polarize different opinions – there’s no denying they all have a lot more character and conviction behind each of them; this just feels stale and uninspired.

Average.

EDITIONS: DIGITAL//C̶D̶//V̶I̶N̶Y̶L̶

PACKAGING: N/A

SPECIAL EDITION: Numerous editions float around for this album, the CD/DVD book houses studio photos, a making-of and various antiquated digital features; while other versions of the CD contain bonus tracks “No Roads Left” and various live versions of older songs.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
DrGonzo1937
Contributing Reviewer
June 11th 2017


13615 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

As always, constructive criticism welcome.

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EvoHavok
June 11th 2017


7238 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Good read. I like the last two tracks quite a bit, though.

DrGonzo1937
Contributing Reviewer
June 11th 2017


13615 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Haha man, not seeing eye to eye today are we? Cheers buddy.

EvoHavok
June 11th 2017


7238 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Lol, yeah, "The Little Things..." really works as a closer for me.

Mongi123
Contributing Reviewer
June 11th 2017


18884 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Yea Little Things is awesome. Also how dare you steal my flagged tbt review spot xD

SnakeDelilah
June 11th 2017


19931 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

this album did not need a review in 2017 sorry

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bach
June 11th 2017


15683 Comments


snake maybe U dont need a review!

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DrGonzo1937
Contributing Reviewer
June 11th 2017


13615 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Did I? Sheeeit, sorry mongi. Haha





Mongi123
Contributing Reviewer
June 11th 2017


18884 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Jk idc haha review was shitty anyway xD and this ones good.

pizzamachine
June 11th 2017


13480 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

Such a great album.

bloc
June 11th 2017


44386 Comments


Man this album broke my heart back in the day. I was high as fuck on Meteora back in the day and first hearing this just killed me

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ashcrash9
June 11th 2017


2805 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

the further this band falls, the more I appreciate this

MrSirLordGentleman
June 11th 2017


10951 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

What I've Done is a classic. Rest is super average

MarsKid
June 11th 2017


5608 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I've got a bit of a soft spot for this one

xtrole
June 11th 2017


50 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I've heard elsewhere that "shadow of the day" kind of rips off U2's sound, but I still really like it. I'm a big fan of "no more sorrow" as well. But yeah, "given up" is one of the best songs LP has ever made in my opinion. Decent review, although I disagree with you on a few points.

oisincoleman64
June 11th 2017


2120 Comments


What I've Done is a masturbation anthem

trackbytrackreviews
June 11th 2017


3339 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

agreed so hard with that first paragraph, it's those 2.5-3 albums that you don't even really remember after listening that I hate for a band to release

Killerhit
June 11th 2017


6007 Comments


ON A VALENTINE'S DAYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY

worst fucking hook ever

Ocean of Noise
June 11th 2017


9774 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Eh. I actually like that song a lot.

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TVC15
June 11th 2017


8820 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

In Pieces is really underrated

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