Minutes to Midnight

Common Sense Media says

Angst-ridden rock is dark and depressing.





What parents need to know

Positive messages

All over the map -- alternately pissy and poignant.


Some violent imagery, mostly in the context of personal angst.

Not applicable

"F--k" (and its derivations) is used often in one song.

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Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that the band likes to say "f--k" quite a bit in one song, and there are many subtle (and not so subtle) references to the "Three D's" (Depression, Destruction, and Death) on this earnest, enjoyable album. Words associated with death ("hearse," "noose," "hand grenade") are used in the context of personal revelation and interpersonal communication and not in terms of actually harming someone else.

Parents say

Kids say

What's the story?

MINUTES TO MIDNIGHT, the title of Linkin Park's third album, refers to the Doomsday Clock, a concept cooked up by scientists to show how close, in imaginary \"minutes,\" the world is to nuclear destruction, aka \"midnight.\" Originally set to 11:53 p.m. in the 1940s, the clock has been pushed forward and reversed several times since, and now stands at 11:55 p.m. On this CD, Linkin Park seems to equate the concept of our civilization's current brink-of-annihilation status with the very personal concerns of angst-filled young adults. Consider lyrics like \"When my time comes/forget the wrong that I've done/help me leave behind some reasons to be missed\" (\"Leave Out All the Rest\").

Is it any good?


Aspiring young musicians will really enjoy the extra notes provided in the CD insert, explaining a little about the process of writing, recording, and producing each song. They'll also dig the excellent production and hard-rocking, hook-filled, heart-felt performances. "I'm giving up/I'm sick of living/Is there nothing you can say/take this all away/I'm suffocating/tell me what the f--k is wrong with me" (on "Given Up") may not be brilliant poetry, but it should resonate with teens wrestling with raging emotions in a sometimes scary world.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about using dramatic lyrics to get your point across. Do they make the songs sound more believable? Can you be less intense and still have the same effect? Families can also discuss the title of the album, which refers to the Doomsday Clock, created in 1947 to show how close (in imaginary "minutes") the world is to nuclear destruction. Why do you think the band chose this title? What can you, as one single person, do to help increase the minutes left until "midnight?"

Music details

Artist:Linkin Park
Release date:May 15, 2007
Labels:Warner Brothers, WEA
Parental advisory:Yes
Edited version available:Yes

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Parent Written byBITCHSLAP June 16, 2011

Linkin Park

Linkin Park is awesome so screw all you parents that act like you can keep your kids in a bubble. Someone here needs to stop being so goddamn naive.
Parent Written byPlague March 2, 2010

Minutes to Midnight

A lot softer then their older stuff. Givin Up and No More Sorrow sound the closest to what the older albums sounds like.
What other families should know
Great role models
Parent of a 18 year old Written byKakarot November 3, 2009

too depressing but brilliant composition

best band ever formed in nu-metal history......


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