Linkin Park just launched their new album recently. As you might know ( or maybe you don't know) the title is Minutes to Midnight. However, if you're a die hard Linkin Park fan like me, you might be dissapointed after you listen to the tracks on the album.
One major let down is, there are less special effects in the songs. I don't know where Mr Han went. Maybe it's like one of my friends said: "Fort Minor stole him." Maybe, but nah...just kidding. There's still some cool mixing going on is the new album, but it's abit like what happened to Blake in American Idol. He was asked to cut down on his beat-boxing act a little and he did, so did Linkin Park it seems.
There are one or two surprises in this new album. One of them is: Mike Shinoda did a SOLO VOCAL! How can that be? He's only ever done rapping and MC. What the heck is going on with this solo vocal? But it's alright, it turned out to be okay. Another surprise, they've got this super weird, out-of-place track on the album. You've just got to hear it to believe it. If you heard it on the radio, you'd think that April Fool's come early or something. That track 100% does not sound Linkin Park! But Linkin Park did it anyway. It sounded like some enhanced mimicry to sentimental punk rock like what Blink 182 and Simple Plan do at times. Just think "How Could This Happen To Me" by Simple Plan. It's just like that! One more surprise, they've got a totally emo song. Guess what's the name? Valentine's Day. Enjoy listening to that, lol. Don't get me wrong, it's nice song but it's just seriously emo. Another not-like-Linkin-Park song.
What's good about this album: They still have that meaningful taste to them. Those of you who are just fans of hits with meaning and enhancing background music to exemplify the emotions of the song, you'll still stick with Linkin Park 100%. I've got to admit, this album has a totally new concept of the original "hybrid theory" that LP used. In their first two albums, it was rock vocals and punchline rapping, but now it's more sentimental and there's way little rapping in the songs. But you'll be surprised how LP manages to use other instruments to mix together with their original sense of songs. Somehow i feel like the instrumentals have replaced the rapping parts and they're trying to use the instrumental sounds to replace what the rapping has been doing for them in the two albums.
Some might think that Fort Minor took away LP's sense of rap. But i think they still do a great job as one of them bands that just give you the dark-frustrated-angst of rock. Though with less rapping they've gone more towards becoming bands like Metalica and Alter Bridge, but they still have their dark theme with their songs. They're like a modern rock but still going with the more underground-ish darker themed rock. Maybe that's why they were so succesful in the first place. I think they might be the one band that made it to the top and is still going with that original rock "feel" from the old days. Cool.
Conclusion: I'm totally buying the new album, original label!
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