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Tuesday, September 4, 2007

ACT Music Review

Music Review:

Linkin Park

Minutes to Midnight.

Linkin Park’s new album, Minutes to Midnight, is a great work of art if you like this kind of music, if you don’t, then why are you even reading this review? I’m going to try a track by track review (I’m listening while I’m writing). K, here goes.

1. Wake: Great intro to the album, hard to give this a rating compared to the other songs considering it’s all instrumental, but in that class it’s tops so – 5 / 5

2. Given Up: This is a fun high energy song, despite the rather depressing lyrics you can’t help but keep listening to it. Linkin par is definitely evolving with this album, moving toward the emo side, it suits them, they do it very well. Not perfect, but pretty close – 4 and a half / 5

3. Leave Out All The Rest: Again, they stray from their normal path with this slow song, this isn’t my favorite song on the album, his voice is better for the high energy screamy rock songs – 4 / 5

4. Bleed It Out: Love this song, it shows they’re not afraid of saying what they want, great energy, you can tell they’re having fun on this one. Again, lapsing to the emo side, but it works! – 5 / 5

5. Shadow of the Day: Another slow song. He sounds a little off key at times, an interesting choice, kind of changes up the slowness, it works well. – 4 / 5

6. What I’ve Done: Great song, listen to it, let it mean to you what you want. This is my personal favorite on the album. – 5 / 5

7. Hands Held High: This one, a solo by their “rapper”, is slower with some deep meaning behind, a good view of the life of people out there, stickin it to Bush now and then, but alot of people are at the moment, I think this song is amazing, one of their best ever, despite the cheesy chorus of “Amen”s. – 5 / 5

8. No More Sorrow: Getting back to some of their roots, this song is a good break from the slower stuff. Great vocals in this one, can’t help but sing along. Pretty close to perfect, but I can’t give it 5 compared to the last 2 songs – 4 and a half / 5

9. Valentines Day: This one is pretty cheesy, definitely my least favorite on this album, very self centered, almost becoming the stereotypical pop song of “oh, my life sucks cuz I didn’t get that Ferrari for my birthday” stuff, you know, not quite that bad, I hope they don’t continue along this string. – 2 / 5

10. In Between: Another slow solo by the “rapper” (sorry, I can’t recall his name at the moment), this one falls short of the expectations after Hands Held High. – 2 and a half / 5

11. In Pieces: This one gets better the more you listen to it, if I had just gotten this album I would have given this song a 2 or 3, but I like it alot more now, worth paying attention to. – 4 / 5

12. Littlest Things Give You Away: A good way to end the album, nice long slower song (not all ways slower) about betrayal and such, another one that gets better the more you listen to it. – 5 / 5

All in all a great album. But if you or your parents have sensitive ears try and find a clean version, they drop the F word a few times. It strays from their Rock/Rap picture, but it’s a good thing in this case, alot of people don’t like it when their bands evolve but they have to, to survive, and with this album, Linkin Park will be surviving for a long time to come. Grammy’s, here they come!


1 comment:

Anonymous said...

great review, Grant!
I want more like this.

YO: Youth Media Showcase Part II

Saturday, August 16
1:00 - 3:00 pm
The Main Library Auditorium

Come check out the work of Riverside Teens who have spent the past 10 weeks exploring downtown Riverside . The Exhibit includes writing and photography as well as a geography component. There will be free refreshments and a chance to talk to the photographers about their work. The exhibit showcases the work of the following local photographers:

Brandon Arnold
Alex Baltazar
Laura Bussey
Olivia Childers
Bianca Duran
Mandie Fitzgerald
Elliot Jones
Nathan LaPre
Megan Mares
Natalie Pecoraro
Saskia VanDonk

Teen Photography Program @ Main Library!

:: Teen Photography Program Kick-off

Starting Monday, June 16 @ 1:00 pm, UCR/ California Museum of Photography

If you enjoy photography, writing and visual arts, check out the Riverside Public Library’s 10-week Teen Photography Program (see schedule) this summer. The project will document the area surrounding the Main Library downtown using digital photography and the written word as well as local history. You get to decide what you would like to photograph, write about and discover. You will also be able to learn about the local history of downtown with a professor from UCR.

In addition to learning cool new stuff, you will also gain some sweet new skills! The library will provide digital cameras for you to use and access to the UCR's California Museum of Photography’s state of the art digital photo lab. At the end of the 10 weeks an exhibit will take place at the Main Library where you can show off your photos and voice your views to the community. An online exhibit will also be created by the California Council for the Humanities to showcase the exhibit.

So if you are looking for something new and interesting to do this summer – a project that will help you see the downtown in a whole new way, help you to master digital photography skills and give you the chance to work in a college photo lab, then you have come to the right place. Come be a part of the first Teen produced photo exhibit and history of downtown Riverside where you are the author – sharing the unique insight that only you can bring to the project!

SCHEDULE: Minimum requirements are in pink (but we can accommodate summer schedules)

Week 1: Getting Started: Choose one meeting to attend

Monday 6/16: 1-3 @ CMP lab

Tuesday 6/17: 1-3 @ CMP lab

Week 2: Palimpsest: Chose one day to take photos/work in the lab and attend the writing session

Tuesday 6/24: 10-12 photo excursion, 1-3 @ CMP lab

Wednesday 6/25: 10-12 photo excursion, 1-3 @ CMP lab

Thursday 6/26: 1-3 @ Library (writing)

Week 3: Exploration: Chose one day to take photos/work in the lab and attend the writing session

Tuesday 7/1: 10-12 photo excursion, 1-3 @ CMP lab

Wednesday 7/2: 10-12 photo excursion, 1-3 @ CMP lab

Thursday 7/3: 1-3 @ Library (writing)

Week 4: Mystery: Chose one day to take photos/work in the lab and attend the writing session

Tuesday 7/8: 10-12 photo excursion, 1-3 @ CMP lab

Wednesday 7/9: 10-12 photo excursion, 1-3 @ CMP lab

Thursday 7/10: 1-3 @ Library (writing)

Week 5: Serendipity: Chose one day to take photos/work in the lab and attend the writing session

Tuesday 7/15: 10-12 photo excursion, 1-3 @ UCR/CMP lab

Wednesday 7/16: 10-12 photo excursion, 1-3 @ Library

Thursday 7/17: 1-3 @ Library (writing)

Week 6: Making Choices: Come to one or two of the three sessions

Tuesday 7/22: 1-3 @ CMP lab

Wednesday 7/23: 1-3 @ CMP lab

Thursday 7/24: 1-3 @ CMP

Week 7: Craft Work: Come to one day @ the lab and one writing session

Tuesday 7/29: 1-3 @ CMP lab

Wednesday 7/30: 1-3 @ CMP lab

Thursday 7/31: 1-3 @ Library (writing)

Week 8: Becoming Expert: Come to the lab session and one writing session

Tuesday 8/5: 1-3 @ CMP lab

Wednesday 8/6: 1-3 @ Library (writing)

Thursday 8/7: 1-3 @ Library (writing)

Week 9: Making it happen: Come to two sessions

Tuesday 8/12: 1-3 @ Library (writing/mounting exhibit)

Wednesday 8/13: 1-3 @ Library (writing/mounting exhibit)

Thursday 8/14: 1-3 @ Library (writing/mounting exhibit)

Week 10: Exhibit: Come to both the exhibit and debriefing meeting

Saturday, August 16 1-3 @ Main Library Auditorium

Tuesday 8/19: 1-3 @ Library (debriefing)

This project is a program of the California Council for the Humanities’ California Stories: How I See It campaign conducted in partnership with Califa. It is supported in part by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services, under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act, administered in California by the State Librarian. For more information on the Council and the California Stories Initiative, visit www.californiastories.org.