Minutes to Midnight [Bonus MVI]

Minutes to Midnight [Bonus MVI]

by Linkin Park


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Minutes to Midnight [Bonus MVI]

Damned if they do, damned if they don't -- that was the conundrum facing Linkin Park when it came time to deliver Minutes to Midnight, their third album. It had been four years since their last, 2003's Meteora, which itself was essentially a continuation of the rap-rock of their 2000 debut, Hybrid Theory, the blockbuster that was one of the biggest rock hits of the new millennium. On that album, Linkin Park sounded tense and nervous, they sounded wiry -- rap-rock without the maliciousness that pulsed through mock-rockers like Limp Bizkit. Linkin Park seemed to come by their alienation honestly, plus they had hooks and a visceral power that connected with millions of listeners, many of whom who were satisfied by the familiarity of Meteora. They may have been able to give their fans more of the same on their sophomore effort, but Linkin Park couldn't do the same thing on their third record: they would seem like one-trick ponies, so they'd be better off to acknowledge their advancing age and try to mature, or broaden their sonic palette. Yet like many other hard rockers, they were the kind of band whose audience either didn't want change or outgrew the group -- and considering that it had been a full seven years between Hybrid Theory and Minutes to Midnight, many fans who were on the verge of getting their driver's license in 2000 were now leaving college and, along with it, adolescent angst. So, Linkin Park decided to embrace the inevitable and jumped head-first into maturity on Minutes to Midnight, which meant that poor Mike Shinoda was effectively benched, rapping on just two songs. In many ways, it seems like even the guitarists were benched this time around, since Minutes to Midnight doesn't really rock, it broods. Apart from a handful of ringers -- "Given Up," the Shinoda-fueled "Bleed It Out," easily the best, most visceral track here -- this is quiet, atmospheric stuff, dabbling with electronic textures that were cutting edge in 1996 but sound passé now. Also sounding passé are the tortured musings of lead singer Chester Bennington, who still is tormented by love, loss, family, any number of items that sound convincing coming from a man in his early twenties, but not so much so when the thirties are approaching rapidly. And yet the way Bennington and his mates, shepherded by producer Rick Rubin, try to sound mature isn't always convincing, either, possibly because it sounds like a skate punk uncomfortably trying on his big brother's suit. They have the chops to rock, and when they deign to do so on Minutes to Midnight they sound comfortable, they sound right, but too often they run away from this core strength. [The CD was also released with a bonus MVI.]

Product Details

Release Date: 05/15/2007
Label: Warner Bros / Wea
UPC: 0093624999638
catalogNumber: 100719

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Linkin Park   Primary Artist
Charlie Bisharat   Violin
David Campbell   Conductor
Larry Corbett   Celli
Armen Garabedian   Violin
Josefina Vergara   Violin
Suzie Katayama   Celli
Natalie Leggett   Violin
Andrew Picken   Viola
Julian Hallmark   Violin
Mike Shinoda   Vocals,Group Member
Gerry Hilera   Violin
Oscar Hidalgo   Bass
Chester Bennington   Vocals,Group Member
Brad Delson   Background Vocals,Group Member
Rob Bourdon   Background Vocals,Group Member
Dave "Phoenix" Farrell   Background Vocals,Group Member
Mario de León   Violin
Matthew Funes   Viola
Sarah Parkins   Violin

Technical Credits

Bill Boyd   Producer
Craig Anderson   Authoring
David Campbell   String Arrangements
Spencer Chrislu   Authoring
Rick Rubin   Producer,Audio Production
Devin Sarno   Executive Producer
David May   Producer
Andrew Scheps   Engineer
David Dieckmann   Authoring
Mike Shinoda   Composer,Producer,String Arrangements,Audio Production
Linkin Park   Composer
Phil Hale   Artwork
Rob McDermott   Executive Producer
Chester Bennington   Composer
Brad Delson   String Arrangements
Ethan Mates   Engineer
Frank Maddocks   Art Direction,Collage
Sean Donnelly   Graphic Design
Peter Standish   Marketing
Nikos Constant   Art Direction
Michael A. Perlmutter   Director
Ryan DeMarti   Management
Mark Fiore   Director
Dana Nielsen   Engineer
Di Bovino Films   Producer
Mark Yannitell   Authoring

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