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Minutes to Midnight....a progression?,
This review is from: Minutes To Midnight (Audio CD)
After initially hearing the album i thought "oh dear"...but the album is definitely a grower. LP have changed their style once again and at first it appears very much a compliance with mainstream music when compared to Hybrid theory & Meteora. However the album still holds the edgy bass-lines with roaring vocals from Chester Bennington yet Mike Shinoda's raps are predominantly missing.
Taking the album independently...it must be considered a giant success musically. The vocals are mainly sung by Chester but Mike's influence on this album is dramatic. Influences from Fort Minor (Shinoda's other band) regarding producing the songs can be clearly heard, especially on "Hands Held High". Mike has also attempted to sing a few chorus lines in place of Chester, which is different but works surprisingly well.
The best song on the album is "What I've Done", and this also shows the general flow of the album. However songs such as "Bleed It Out" are very upbeat and catchy and will be immense when played live. This song is much more reminiscent of Hybrid as it includes an upbeat rap/verse from Mike.
Their are various tracks on the album that are slower and aren't similar to any previous songs as a whole. But an upbeat stance is still adopted by Chester when delivering hard & truthful lyrics at time.
Overall....a brilliant album but...it defiantly doesn't break the same barriers that the Hybrid Theory has, in my opinion. Minutes To Midnight shows a new, mature direction for LP and a clear progression from Meteora can be heard and appreciated. The era of the "End of Days" style of songs is over..but this can only be viewed as positive with such songs as "Leave Out All The Rest" and my personal favorite "Bleed It Out".