Sound — 7
Linkin park. Minutes to midnight. Linkin parks seventh cd. It took them over a year to create this album, over double the time it took them to create any other CD previously. The bands sound on this album varies a lot. It goes from Chester Bennington screaming and pouring his heart out to him singing melodic ballads and on again to the rapping of Mike Shinoda. This album is similar to the bands other albums in that some tracks are fast and the electric guitar sound is very heavy and others are slow and melodic.
Lyrics — 9
The band use very strong lyrics in all their songs and always have done although this time there is more swearing. Mike's rap lyrics indicate that he feels hard done by and is angry at rich people and at businessmen. This is because he comes from a very poor background. A lot of the lyrics are directed at lovers in tracks such as leave out all the rest and no more sorrow. The music suits the lyrics well in terms of tempo, dynamics etc. The singing is good but I think Chester should go easy on the screaming a little as he has a good voice.
Overall Impression — 7
This album is very good but it is repetitive and short. My favourite songs from the CD would be What I've Done, Bleed It Out, Hands Held High and No More Sorrow. I really like Mike's rapping but I hate it when Chester screams lust for the sake of being loud. If I lost the CD I wouldn't rush out to buy it but if I saw it at a cheap price I would re-buy it.