Linkin Park-Minutes to Midnight

等了三年,他們終於再次推出專輯了,這次還是一樣,堅持做到最好才肯出片。轉貼一篇寫的不錯的文章

如同我輩都曾經歷過的青少年時期(當然,更多的你們正在享受或被煎熬著),經常覺得全世界都對不起自己,於是昔日Linkin Park的出現,幾乎是順理成章的,成為一種怒氣的出口,正如他們當時的歌詞多半唱著「不要這個、抵抗那個」,「別壓迫我、我要出去」,如亂箭般攻擊著週遭,在那積極定義自己與世界的關係的重要時刻,真是要命地講到很多年輕世代的心底裡,佔據如代言人般的位置。

只是那難免情緒,難免無的放矢,而Linkin Park似是充分自覺地,在全新第三擊【Minutes To Midnight】裡,有了極大轉變。

有意思的是,這轉變的預告,透過暖身單曲《What I’ve Done》竟來得有點低調。這從風格上延續他們成名招牌的曲式反而引來不少「失去過往力道」等的雜音,然而等到專輯全然開展,恐怕眾家歌迷要夾雜著驚艷與失落的複雜情緒,來面對那個顯然自覺地要變得成熟的Linkin Park。

Linkin Park當然不會是帶頭對小布希開炮的樂團,但透過對這當紅政治議題的回應,依然憤怒的他們忽然變得目標清晰,比方以氣焰強悍、幾近工業搖滾這類經常予軍居國主義聯想之風格打造出的《No More Sorrow》,苗頭正對準了現任美國總統猛轟︰「I see liars and thieves / Abuse power with greed.(我看見騙子竊賊以貪婪濫用權力)」,強烈指控他「Replaced freedom with fear / You trade money for lives.(以恐懼取代自由/用金錢兌換生命)」,最後則掠下狠話「Your time has come to be replaced / Your time has come to be erased.(你的日子已將被取代/你的日子已將被忘卻)」;《The Little Things Give You Away》更接力對Katrina風災處理失當發出沉重的低吼「Generations disappear / Washed Away / As a nation simply stares(世代消弭/洗淨一切/傲視民族)」。針對時事發出議論是否就意味著他們已經長大,暫且留給樂迷去評價,的確降低嘶吼與饒舌比例的新專輯,卻也同時帶出一首極好的,頗有U2之風的中慢板搖滾曲《Shadow Of The Day》,倒是能讓不少非樂迷見識這幫人的另一面。

聽完覺得這首"Shadow Of The Day"最棒

Shadow Of The Day
I close both locks below the window.
I close both blinds and turn away.
Sometimes solutions aren’t so simple.
Sometimes goodbye’s the only way. ah ah
And the sun will set for you,
The sun will set for you.
And the shadow of the day,
Will embrace the world in grey,
And the sun will set for you.
Pink cards and flowers on your window,
Your friends all plead for you to stay.
Sometimes beginnings aren’t so simple.
Sometimes goodbye’s the only way. ah ah
And the sun will set for you,
The sun will set for you.
And the shadow of the day,
Will embrace the world in grey,
And the sun will set for you.
And the shadow of the day,
Will embrace the world in grey,
And the sun will set for you.
[Guitar solo]
And the shadow of the day,
Will embrace the world in grey,
And the sun will set for you.

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