Review: Linkin Park’s “Minutes to Midnight” serves up no-metal

Billboard — Rap-metal’s sell-by date expired many, many years ago, and no one noticed more than Linkin Park, whose “Minutes to Midnight” finds the band throwing all manner of styles at the wall to distance it from a genre that currently enjoys a lower approval rating than Cheney. Linkin Park’s ambitions are nearly palpable, but songs likely conceived as homages end up sounding too close to their sources. One can detect bits of Metallica (“No More Sorrow”), the theme from “Halloween” (first single “What I’ve Done”), “With or Without You” (“Shadow of the Day”) and a breakup ballad that could have been written by the Matrix (“Leave Out All the Rest”). Sometimes the band hits: The hand clap-powered “Bleed It Out” works up a nice lather, and Shinoda’s anti-war monologue “Hands Held High” proves there might yet be more in Linkin Park’s backpack than self-doubt and identity crises.

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About Jeff Vrabel

My writing has appeared in GQ, Men’s Health, Success, the Washington Post, the official BruceSpringsteen.net, Indianapolis Monthly, Billboard, Modern Bride and more. View all posts by Jeff Vrabel

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