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Minutes to Midnight [Edited] [Digipak]

  • 1. Wake
    2. Given Up
    3. Leave out All the Rest
    4. Bleed It Out
    5. Shadow of the Day
    6. What I've Done
    7. Hands Held High
    8. No More Sorrow
    9. Valentine's Day
    10. In Between
    11. In Pieces
    12. Little Things Give You Away, The
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 1230042

  • Credits
    ProducerRick Rubin; Mike Shinoda
    EngineerAndrew Scheps

    Linkin Park: Mike Shinoda (vocals, spoken vocals); Chester Bennington (vocals); Brad Delson (guitar); Dave Farrell (bass guitar); Rob Bourdon (drums); Joe Hahn.
    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.

  • Critic Reviews
    Rolling Stone (p.95) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "MINUTES is honed, metallic pop with a hip-hop stride and a wake-up kick."
    Rolling Stone (p.112) - Included in Rolling Stone's "50 Top Albums of the Year 2007" -- "[T]heir metallic crunch is as brutal and efficient as ever..."
    Spin (p.97) - 3.5 stars out of 5 -- "[T]hey give their sound a dramatic makeover with help from producer Rick Rubin....The arena-emo hooks are still there..."
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