Well-received rock album with a variety of great tracks

2008-02-01 00:00

IF you’re a Linkin Park fan then you already have this album, but if you’ve not experienced their music before, then it’s a great introduction to the rockers from Agoura Hills, California.

Since their formation in 1996, the band has sold more than 50 million albums and won two Grammy Awards. Their latest offering, Minutes to Midnight, took 14 months to complete and saw the band experimenting with their established sound and exploring a variety of new genres.

The results were well received. Not only did the album top the Billboard Charts but it turned out to be the third best debut week of any album last year.

The first single, What I’ve Done, has received extensive radio airplay and is deservedly a hit. It’s lyrics are fantastic and the chorus grabs you by the throat and doesn’t let go.

But it’s not a one-off — Minutes to Midnight is packed full of great tracks. It kicks off with a bang thanks to Given Up and then gets introspective with Leave Out All The Rest — one of my favourite tracks.

Other highlights include Shadow Of The Day, which is simply beautiful, the anti-war protest song Hands Held High and the poignant Valentine’s Day.

Minutes to Midnight is a many layered offering which invites you to take the time to explore each track over and over again.

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