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Minutes to Midnight

Linkin Park - Minutes to Midnight (2007)

01 Wake
02 Given Up
03 Leave Out All The Rest
04 Bleed It Out
05 Shadow Of The Day
06 What I've Done
07 Hands Held High
08 No More Sorrow
09 Valentine’s Day
10 In Between
11 In Pieces
12 The Little Things Give You Away


-Making Minutes To Midnight-
As this is written, the album is not yet finished. No cover art has been chosen. We aren’t
through mixing and mastering the songs. It is safe to say, however, that this will prove to be
a different kind of album for us. The numbers already show it: our other albums took three
to six months to finish, this one took over 14; lyrics are usually written in about a month, this
time we spent over six; we usually write an average of 40 song ideas to finish an album, this
one generated well over 100. Numbers aside, this album is different for us on a deeper level.
When we first met with our producer Rick Rubin, he asked us what we wanted this album to
sound like. Going around the room, each of the six of us answered the question in a similar
way: we wanted to create something that maintained the integrity of the band’s personality,
but pushed our boundaries. Rick challenged us that no boundaries should exist whatsoever in
our creative pursuit.
In the months that followed, we struggled to find that truth. We got frustrated when the ideas
wouldn’t come, sometimes chasing inspiration through 50 or 60 versions of a song just to end
up at something that sounded like the first idea we came up with. We surprised ourselves
when a song came together quickly and easily. We celebrated when each of us stepped
outside our comfort zone and performed or wrote in a way that we never had before.
As the process comes to a close, at the end of over a year of dedication, experimentation, and
soul-searching, we believe that we’ve achieved that which we were challenged to realize. This
album defines not only what we set out to create, but who we’ve become as a band.
In conversations with many musicians and record makers, we often ask, “What do you think
makes a successful album?” The answers range from “meticulous, tireless writing” to “dumb
luck.” In making Minutes To Midnight, we have learned a lot about our answer: enjoy the
process. We hope you enjoy the songs.

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