Minutes to Midnight

Music review by
Kathi Kamen Goldmark, Common Sense Media
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Angst-ridden rock is dark and depressing.
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Parents say

age 13+
Based on 14 reviews

Kids say

age 11+
Based on 72 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this music.

Positive messages

All over the map -- alternately pissy and poignant.


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


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

Drinking, drugs & smoking

What 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.

User Reviews

Adult Written byWarri August 7, 2010

Very good album the best

There is some language
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.
Kid, 9 years old January 23, 2011


Goin out of my %$#@%[email protected]# Mind
Teen, 17 years old Written byCrackerarrow May 18, 2017


I honestly think that kids 15 and up should be able to listen to this album. Yes there is swearing but trust me I bet they heard worse in school but to me this... Continue reading

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.

Talk to your kids 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?"

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