Linkin Park finally released their much much awaited and hyped album Minutes To Midnight, the single of which scorched the modern rock charts weeks ago.
This post is not about its release but about how I felt about the massive change they’ve done to their sound.
You can preview all 12 tracks at Last.fm’s Linkin Park Minutes To Midnight page.
Here’s the official track list from their site (With my views on each) :
An intro. Worst of all 3 Linkin Park albums. Though the instrumental is as great as always, being Linkin Park themselves at it, the vinyl scratching sound gets me, its bloody irritating. (2.5/5)
A hard track. Hard cause rest stuff is soft. This one could go a hit on music channels but it just isn’t a good deep song like old Linkin Park, its more like their unfathomably-popular One Step Closer kind of hard which makes no sense at all. A good track never the less, catchy in parts. (3/5)
The best song you’ll find on the album. This song is very very emotive and well sung by Chester, and rules the entire album. Its still different however, from all old Linkin Park stuff, cause its mostly slow and other things like that, but still, you would definitely like this one if you liked the mood of Numb, In The End, etc. (5/5) (My favorite)
A very cool song. Catchy, fast and everything nice. It will give you a feel of Hybrid Theory and Meteora in parts and the addition of chorus to the song does add a great deal of energy to it too! (4.5/5)
I had to check if I wasn’t accidentally playing “The Postal Service” for this one. The track has good music, nice emotions and I just love the way Chester manages to add so much to just the word “Sun”. Nice track to set on repeat IMO. (4/5)
You’ve heard this single before and you’ve loved it or hated it. But this is the second best track on the album and yet another favorite of mine. It didn’t top the Modern Rock Charts for no reason at all. (5/5)
There are some pretty deep and emotive verses in this one, but though its a full rap song sung by Mike most of the part, it lacks the good old Hip-Hop tune which goes well with his rap. The music’s bad, the lyrics good. (3.5/5)
You’ll definitely love the guitars in this one and the drums at the beginning. The song has a political feel to it, and its yet another song you can find yourself humming to, or screaming to in some cases. Again a nice track to keep on repeat. (4/5)
A slow, soft, poppy track that makes you sleep till the end where the loud chorus wakes you up and you go “Hey! This is nice .. but only in the end!”. This song could go good on radio and sorts but nothing that you’d like to repeatedly listen to. (3/5)
Once you hear this, you figure if Linkin Park has a new singer. No. Its Mike Shinoda
rapping singing. Yeah, singing. Slowly progressing track and the music just doesn’t fit with his mostly bad singing. He sure raps a lot better than he sings. But the song has a very good lyrical depth to it. (3.5/5)
It sounded like “The Postal Service” again to me. This time I really had to wait for Chester to start his voice to confirm otherwise. But the song, though another slow style thats predominant on this album, has a good feeling to it and has a small guitar solo in near end which sounds really awesome. (4/5)
Mostly a guitar solo, this is a wonderful track except at the ending. Each part of the music will bring out a different emotion in you, which is what’s wonderful about this track. The bad part is, at the end, on headphones, Mike sings into one side of the headphone and Chester on the other. Simultaneously. Eeek, that’s a bad experience. (4/5)
Overall rating – (3.5/5)
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[Worth giving a try before you buy but for Linkin Park fans, it is a must isn't it?]