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Linkin Park: Chester Bennington, Dave Farrell , Rob Bourdon, Mike Shinoda, Brad Delson, 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 ...
Song List: Disc 1
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
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Label:  Warner Bros. Records (Record Label)
ArtistLinkin Park
Release Date:  May 15, 2007
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review by . May 28, 2007
posted in Music Matters
Pros: Well done experimentation, some good tracks.     Cons: Won't appeal to all Linkin Park fans; some not-so-awesome songs.     The Bottom Line: You'll have to decide for yourself on this one.     After a confusing pre-order from Amazon (I was moving and had no idea which address to put), I got my Linkin Park CD a day or two after popping into my new house, which was a welcome goody considering the strange surroundings and events that …
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