I got Linkin Park's "Minutes to Midnight" last Monday when it was released and have managed to listen to it a few times so far.
Overall it is a good album but I'm finding it quite disappointing. The urgency has gone and their sound has mellowed quite considerably. Now part of this is due to one of the lead singers being told to change the style of his singing or he'll destroy his vocal chords. Unfortunately this departure does take some of the magic out of the band and it's sound. The new album is a million miles away from their fantastic Hybrid Theory and even the wekest track on Hybrid Theory would seem like a gem of brilliance on Minutes to Midnight.
Now Marilyn Manson's Alice in Wodnerland inspired "Eat Me, Drink Me" album is being released here in the UK on the 4th June. I've already heard the singel from it ("Heart-Shaped Glasses") a number of times and seen the video on both the net and also now on TV across a few music channels.
Heart-Shaped Glasses is certainly not a dance floor track like many of MM's single releases. The song itself is a much slower song reminiscant to the bulk of the tracks on Mechanical Animals (which is my favourite MM album to date). The video is also a departure from the usual MM visual affairs with none of the weird and wonderful costumes and twisted darkness. Sure, the video is still pretty twisted but you get to see Brain Warner (lead singer) with minimal make-up and really showing signs of wear-and-tear (someone over the weekend compared him to Alice Cooper 20 years ago).
I have a lot of hope for the new Marilyn Manson album. Here's to the 4th June coming round and hopefully a nice packet landing on my doorstep so I can enjoy it!
I've included the full version of the new Heart-Shaped Glasses video. The full length version comes with an introduction. This is not Work-Safe and shouldn't be viewed if you don't like seeing naked people. Or blood for that matter...