Minutes to Midnight (album)

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Minutes to Midnight
Studio album by Linkin Park
ReleasedMay 14, 2007 (2007-05-14)
(See release history)
RecordedFebruary 2006–January 2007 at The Mansion and NRG Recording Studios
GenreAlternative rock, alternative metal
Length43:23
LabelWarner Bros., Machine Shop
ProducerRick Rubin, Mike Shinoda
Linkin Park studio album chronology
Meteora
(2003)
Minutes to Midnight
(2007)
A Thousand Suns
(2010)
Singles from Minutes to Midnight
  1. "What I've Done"
    Released: April 2, 2007
  2. "Bleed It Out"
    Released: August 17, 2007
  3. "Shadow of the Day"
    Released: October 16, 2007
  4. "Given Up"
    Released: March 3, 2008
  5. "Leave Out All the Rest"
    Released: July 14, 2008
 
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Minutes to Midnight
Studio album by Linkin Park
ReleasedMay 14, 2007 (2007-05-14)
(See release history)
RecordedFebruary 2006–January 2007 at The Mansion and NRG Recording Studios
GenreAlternative rock, alternative metal
Length43:23
LabelWarner Bros., Machine Shop
ProducerRick Rubin, Mike Shinoda
Linkin Park studio album chronology
Meteora
(2003)
Minutes to Midnight
(2007)
A Thousand Suns
(2010)
Singles from Minutes to Midnight
  1. "What I've Done"
    Released: April 2, 2007
  2. "Bleed It Out"
    Released: August 17, 2007
  3. "Shadow of the Day"
    Released: October 16, 2007
  4. "Given Up"
    Released: March 3, 2008
  5. "Leave Out All the Rest"
    Released: July 14, 2008

Minutes to Midnight is the third studio album by American rock band Linkin Park, released on May 14, 2007, through Warner Bros. Records. The album was produced by Mike Shinoda and Rick Rubin. Minutes to Midnight was the band's first album since Meteora (2003) and features a shift in the group's musical direction. For the band, the album marks a beginning of deviation from their signature nu metal sound. Minutes to Midnight takes its title from the Doomsday Clock.

Linkin Park started work on their third studio album in 2003, taking a break to tour in support of Meteora in 2004. In this time period, the band formed numerous side projects; Mike Shinoda formed his hip hop side project Fort Minor, while Chester Bennington formed Dead by Sunrise, causing the album to be shelved temporarily. The band returned to work on the record afterward, taking on a different musical direction than the 2003 sessions while working with producer Rick Rubin. The album's completion was delayed several times for unknown reasons. Eventually, "What I've Done" was chosen as the album's lead single in April 2007, with the album seeing release in North America on May 15, 2007.

The album debuted at number one in the United States and in 15 other countries, including the United Kingdom and Canada.[1][2][3] In the United States, the album had the biggest first week sales of 2007 at the time, with 625,000 albums sold, going on to be certified double platinum in the United States. It was also certified double platinum in New Zealand, Italy, Ireland, and Australia and certified platinum in Canada, France, Switzerland and in the UK.[4] Despite its commercial success, Minutes to Midnight received mixed reviews from critics.[5] Rolling Stone magazine named it the twenty-fifth best album of 2007.[6] It was ranked number 154 on Billboard's Hot 200 Albums of the Decade.[7]

Background[edit]

In an interview, lead singer Chester Bennington explained that the album is "a mix of punk, classic rock, and hip-hop standards" and that "Rick has brought more of a stripped down, classic-rock and hip-hop kind of feel."[8]

In another interview, Bennington stated: "This time around, Mike Shinoda is singing a lot more. It may seem like he's not on the record, but he's doing a lot of the harmonies. He also sings a couple of songs alone. We're presenting ourselves in a different way."[9][10]

Recording and composition[edit]

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Guitarist Brad Delson experimented with an EBow when the band was piecing together "The Little Things Give You Away". The band decided not to use the effect for the solo in that song and instead ended up creating "No More Sorrow" out of the effect. In "Given Up", he jingles the keys that are heard while several clap sounds are overlaid in the intro of the song (as mentioned in the lyric book: Brad added the sounds on the intro song: multiple tracks of claps - and keys jingling.). Shinoda and Delson teamed up with David Campbell to add string elements to six songs; "Leave Out All the Rest", "Shadow of the Day", "Hands Held High", "The Little Things Give You Away", as well as the two b-sides "No Roads Left" and "Blackbirds" (which was instead later used in the iPhone game 8-Bit Rebellion! as well as being included as a bonus track for A Thousand Suns), respectively. All scratching elements by Joe Hahn that existed in the previous two studio albums are largely absent because of the low mixing, except on the songs "What I've Done", "Wake", "The Little Things Give You Away", "Valentine's Day" and "In Pieces". Hahn contributes more with programming, electronics, and other elements to many of the songs. The church organ and military drumbeat on "Hands Held High" were originally to be used as the backdrop to melodic vocals, but Rubin recommended that the band try the opposite approach according to the album booklet. In live performances, Brad Delson plays keyboard on this song (the only song on which he does not play guitar). "Shadow of the Day" is one of two songs (the other being "No Roads Left") to have Bennington playing the guitar. During live performances, Shinoda is generally playing the keyboard for "Shadow of the Day", while Bennington plays rhythm guitar. Shinoda stated in an interview: "We were looking back at the things that we had done in the past... and I think we just figured that we had exhausted that sound. It was easy for us to replicate, it was easy for other bands to replicate, and we just needed to move on." (can be heard on the Sessions@AOL interview with Fort Minor)[11]

Shinoda performs his rapping vocals on only two tracks, "Bleed It Out" and "Hands Held High". This is a significant decrease compared to the amount of rapping on previous albums. The rap vocals on "Hands Held High" are much closer styled to Mike Shinoda's side project Fort Minor than his traditional Linkin Park verses. Despite a decrease of Mike Shinoda as rapper, he has three solo lead songs on the record: "Hands Held High", "In Between" and the bonus track "No Roads Left". He also sings lead in "Bleed It Out" while "What I've Done", "Shadow of the Day", "No More Sorrow" and "The Little Things Give You Away" features backing vocals from Shinoda at the end. Minutes to Midnight is also Linkin Park's first album to feature guitar solos, particularly in the tracks "In Pieces" and "The Little Things Give You Away". Also, unlike the previous two studio albums, Minutes to Midnight contains profanity and thus the first Linkin Park studio album to contain a Parental Advisory (the first overall being their collaborative EP with Jay-Z, Collision Course) and politically charged lyrics.[12] The only songs that use profanity are "Given Up", "Bleed It Out" and "Hands Held High".

Release, promotion and reception[edit]

iTunes[edit]

In a bonus video edition of the album (exclusively on iTunes), a Behind the Scenes featurette as well as the music video for "What I've Done" are included. The music video can be purchased separately while the Behind the Scenes video can only be obtained when purchasing the album.

Commercial[edit]

Minutes to Midnight was delayed several times before its release. First scheduled to be released in the summer of 2006, it was later postponed to the fall of 2006, then again to early 2007. The album's release date was finally set for May 14, 2007. In Canada, the album was released on May 15, 2007. There are non-Parental Advisory releases of both the regular album and the special edition album. The songs "Given Up", "Bleed It Out", and "Hands Held High" are edited. In Malaysia, the edited version for the album is available in digipak cover while the explicit edition available for the Tour Edition which features white slipcase cardboard cover and a standard jewel case. In the United States, the album had the biggest first week sales of 2007 at the time, with 625,000 albums sold.[13] In Canada, the album sold over 50,000 copies in its first week and debuted at number one on the Canadian Albums Chart.[2] Worldwide, the album shipped over 3.3 million copies in its first four weeks of release.[14]

A year after the release of Minutes to Midnight, the band released ten different covers that were originally used as consideration for the final cover for the album prior to its release. The band made all ten of these covers available for fans to use as the album art on iTunes. Five singles were released from the album: "What I've Done", "Bleed It Out", "Shadow of the Day", "Given Up", and "Leave Out All the Rest". Although "Given Up" and "Leave Out All the Rest" had not been released as singles until early March 2008, "Given Up" had already charted on the Billboard Hot 100 and Billboard Pop 100 charts at numbers 99 and 78 respectively in 2007, and "Leave Out All the Rest" had already charted on Billboard's Pop 100 chart at number 98 and Billboard's Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles chart at number 17 in 2007. The songs "Hands Held High" and "No More Sorrow" also charted on the Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles chart at numbers 23 and 24, respectively, in 2007. The album worldwide has sold over 15 million copies.[citation needed]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
Metacritic56/100[15]
Review scores
SourceRating
About.com4/5 stars[16]
Allmusic2.5/5 stars[17]
Entertainment WeeklyC[18]
Los Angeles Times2.5/4 stars[19]
New York Timesmixed[20]
NME2/10[21]
PopMatters6/10[22]
Rolling Stone4/5 stars[23]
Spin7/10[24]
USA Today3/4 stars[25]

Minutes to Midnight received generally mixed reviews, based on an aggregate score of 56/100 from Metacritic,[5] with critics showing approval, disapproval and indifference in almost equal measure.

Rolling Stone gave Minutes to Midnight 4 out of 5 stars, stating that "most of Minutes is honed, metallic pop with a hip-hop stride and a wake-up kick",[23] and it was placed at number 25 in their list of the Top 50 Albums of 2007.[6] IGN referred to it as "definitely a step in the right direction and a stepping stone for things to come".[26] In his review, About.com's Bill Lamb considered the album "an impressive achievement", and went on to write that "Linkin Park handles their explorations of a direction forward with impressive grace here".[16] Herald Sun writer Karen Tye gave it 3½ out of 4 stars and praised the band's new sound, asking, "Who knew being a plain old rock band could suit Linkin Park so well?".[27] Despite commending the band for their ambition, The Guardian's Caroline Sullivan gave the album 3 out of 5 stars and perceived "their decision to stay roughly within the shrieky boundaries of their genre" as a weakness, while writing that "the sound still pivots on the interplay of walloping guitar chords and self-flagellating lyrics".[28]

Among those with a more negative view of the album was Stephen Thomas Erlewine of Allmusic, who described the album's sound as "passé" and summed the band's effort up as "opting to create a muddled, colorless murk", giving it 2 and a half out of 5 stars.[17] NME magazine's Dan Silver gave it a rating of 2/10, calling it the "sound of a band trying and failing to forge a new identity", and referring to the song "Hands Held High", a song about terrorist attacks and war, as "far and away the funniest thing you will hear all year".[21]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Linkin Park. 

No.TitleLength
1."Wake" (Intro)1:40
2."Given Up"  3:09
3."Leave Out All the Rest"  3:29
4."Bleed It Out"  2:44
5."Shadow of the Day"  4:49
6."What I've Done"  3:25
7."Hands Held High"  3:53
8."No More Sorrow"  3:41
9."Valentine's Day"  3:16
10."In Between"  3:16
11."In Pieces"  3:38
12."The Little Things Give You Away"  6:23
Total length:
43:23

Personnel[edit]

Linkin Park
Production
Guest musicians on tracks 3, 5, 7, 12, and "No Roads Left"
  • David Campbell – string arrangements and conduction
  • Charlie Bisharatviolin
  • Mario DeLeon – violin
  • Armen Garabedian – violin
  • Julian Hallmark – violin
  • Gerry Hilera – violin
  • Songa Lee-Kitto – violin
  • Natalie Leggett – violin
  • Josefina Vergara – violin
  • Sara Parkins – violin
  • Matt Funes – viola
  • Andrew Picken – viola
  • Larry Corbett – cello
  • Suzie Katayama – cello
  • Oscar Hidalgo – bass

Charts and certifications[edit]

Charts[edit]

ChartPeak
position
Australia Albums Chart[30]1
Austrian Albums Chart[30]1
Belgian Albums Chart[30]2
Belgian Albums Chart[30]2
Canadian Albums Chart[31]1
Czech Album Chart[32]1
Danish Albums Chart[30]2
European Top Albums Chart[33]1
Finnish Albums Chart[30]1
French Albums Chart[30]1
German Albums Chart[34]1
Greek Albums Chart[35]1
Hungarian Albums Chart[36]1
Italian Albums Chart[30]1
Japanese Albums Chart[37]2
Mexican Albums Chart[30]2
Netherlands Albums Chart[30]2
New Zealand Albums Chart[30]1
Norwegian Albums Chart[30]1
Polish Albums Chart[38]2
Portuguese Albums Chart[30]3
Spanish Albums Chart[30]2
Swedish Albums Chart[30]1
Swiss Albums Chart[30]1
UK Albums Chart[39]1
US Billboard 200[40]1

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (2007)Rank
German Albums Chart[41]3
Chart (2008)Rank
Austrian Albums Chart[42]35
German Albums Chart[43]28

Certifications[edit]

CountryCertification
(sales thresholds)
ArgentinaGold[44]
Australia2× Platinum[45]
Austria2× Platinum[46]
BelgiumGold[47]
DenmarkGold[48]
Europe2x Platinum[49]
FinlandGold[50]
France2x Platinum[51]
Germany3x Platinum[52]
GreeceGold[35]
Hungary[53]Gold[54]
JapanPlatinum[55]
New Zealand2× Platinum[56]
PolandGold[57]
PortugalPlatinum[58]
Switzerland2× Platinum[59]
United KingdomPlatinum[60]
United States2x Platinum[61]

Singles[edit]

YearSongPeak chart positions
U.S.

[62]

U.S.
Alt.

[62]
U.S.
Main

[62]
AUS
[63]
NZ
[64]
UK
[65]
BEL
[66]
FIN
[67]
FRA
[67]
GER
[68]
ITA
[69]
IRE
[70]
NLD
[71]
NOR
[72]
SWE
[73]
SWI
[74]
2007"What I've Done" (2x Platinum)7111396264315281266
"Bleed It Out" (Platinum)522324729401442
"Shadow of the Day" (Platinum)152615134620122011
2008"Given Up"99454753
"Leave Out All the Rest" (Gold)94113324389019154236

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Preceded by
Call Me Irresponsible by Michael Bublé
Billboard 200 number-one album
May 27, 2007 – June 2, 2007
Succeeded by
It Won't Be Soon Before Long by Maroon 5
Preceded by
Favourite Worst Nightmare by Arctic Monkeys
UK number one album
May 20, 2007 – May 27, 2007
Preceded by
B-Side by Mr. Children
Japanese Oricon Weekly number-one album
May 28, 2007
Succeeded by
Denim by Mariya Takeuchi
Preceded by
Call Me Irresponsible by Michael Bublé
Australian ARIA Albums Chart number-one album
May 28, 2007
Succeeded by
Dream Days at the Hotel Existence by Powderfinger
Preceded by
Treasure by Hayley Westenra
RIANZ number-one album
May 21 – June 4, 2007
Succeeded by
Long Player by Hollie Smith