Music review: Linkin Park's 'Minutes to Midnight' won't disappoint longtime fans.

LP - - Music review: Linkin Park's 'Minutes to Midnight' won't disappoint longtime fans.

One of the most anticipated albums of 2007, Linkin Park's "Minutes to Midnight" doesn't disappoint.

Proving once again that they're hard rockin' softies, the band offers more than its customary rock/rap fusion.

There's a great mix of adrenaline pumping, scream-at-the-top-of-your lungs, fist-thrusting anthems on "Minutes," with "Bleed It Out," "Given Up," and "No More Sorrow" among the standouts. But once again, they show fans a softer side on radio-friendly hits like "Leave Out All the Rest" and "Shadow of the Day."

Although this could be my favorite Linkin Park album to date, be warned. If you weren't a fan before, "Minutes" will do nothing to change your mind. It's more of the same, but with a little extra depth.

Above all, Linkin Park isn't afraid to show its heart. Listen to the lyrics on "Valentine's Day."

And while a few annoying political statements also pepper the work, there isn't much to complain about. Even with songs that tend to drag a bit, "Minutes" won't disappoint longtime fans.

Lukas Eggen, 17 Press-Gazette correspondent