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Either They Are Changing Direction Or They Are Losing Their Touch,
This review is from: Minutes to Midnight (Audio CD)
Like everyone here, I was excited when the new album was released. Hybrid Theory and Meteora were really classic albums and I thought Meteora, at the very least, one-upped Hybrid Theory. Reanimation was a good remix album but I wasn't fond of their remixes with Jay-Z. I was hoping Minutes To Midnight would bring back something that has been absent, for us fans, since 2003.
I was way off the mark. What I've Done was almost like a deception for what the album really is: a slower and softer melody by LP. What I've Done, when I listened to it, reminded me of what LP did on Hybrid Theory and I was pretty pumped by it. But I was shocked to find out that the album was on the other side of the spectrum for the two previous entries LP has done.
What I've Done, for the most part, is the only song on here in which LP continues where the left off from the previous two albums. Everything else is much more slower, mellow, and, at times, depressing. What I've Done is a good song. Leave Out All The Rest is slow but has a nice up-beat melody as it progresses and is my favorite song on the album. Valentine's Day has some nice parts to it but it doesn't work as far as melody goes.
To be honest, I found Leave Out All The Rest and What I've Done to be the only enjoyable songs on this album. Why LP decided to go more mellow this time is anyone's guess but all their fans, including myself, know them to be a band of rock mixing it up with some rap. For the most part, that is gone. I was extremely disappointed by this album considering they haven't had a true album release since Meteora (2003), which happens to be my favorite album of theirs.
Hopefully LP is not trying to change direction with this album and trying to make more mellow tunes. While some of those such songs have some decent qualities, for the most part, it just doesn't work. If anyone is considering buying this album, I suggest previewing some of the songs here or on iTunes and make your decision as to whether or not you still want to go through with the purchase. Some of you may enjoy it thoroughly and that's okay. But if you are an LP fan that expects the style that they have been known to produce from their first two albums, like myself, you may end up being disappointed.