Label: Warner Damned if they do, damned if they don't -- that was the conundrum facing Linkin Park when it came time to deliver Minutes to Midnight, their third album. It had been four years since their last, 2003's Meteora, which itself was essentially a continuation of the rap-rock of their 2000 debut, Hybrid Theory, the blockbuster that was one of the biggest rock hits of the new millennium. So, Linkin Park decided to embrace the inevitable and jumped headfirst into maturity on Minutes to Midnight. Minutes To Midnight occupies an interesting place in Linkin Park’s discography, though is less headline-worthy than some of the other entries. It doesn’t have the juggernaut-out-of-nowhere clout of 2000’s 40 million selling debut Hybrid Theory, but is significant as a stylistic turning point for Linkin Park, as well as being the last truly great fan-favourite for their millions of devotees. With hindsight, it’s impossible not to view Minutes To Midnight as the moment Linkin Park made peace with striving for commercial success at the expense of their artistic impulses.