In Pieces

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"In Pieces"
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Song by Linkin Park from the album Minutes To Midnight
Working title Pictures
Recorded 2006 - 2007
Format Digital, Cassete, CD, Vinyl, DVD
Length 03:38
Stems Neko Keyboard Sounds and Samples[1]
Time signature 4/4
Tempo 160
Key F Minor
Live debut July 27, 2007
Last played August 24, 2008
Writer Linkin Park
Producer Mike Shinoda, Rick Rubin
Label Warner Bros.

Minutes To Midnight track listing
  1. Wake
  2. Given Up
  3. Leave Out All The Rest
  4. Bleed It Out
  5. Shadow Of The Day
  6. What I've Done
  7. Hands Held High
  8. No More Sorrow
  9. Valentine's Day
  10. In Between
  11. In Pieces
  12. The Little Things Give You Away

"In Pieces" is the eleventh track off of Linkin Park's third studio album, Minutes To Midnight.

Background

The limited edition booklet for Minutes To Midnight provided some insight regard the creation of "In Pieces". "This song began as a keyboard and beat loop, along with the staccato guitar in the second verse. In that early form, Chester put down a rough vocal, with words that came relatively effortlessly. The vocals that appeared in those early stages remained virtually unchanged throughout the growth of the song. As the song grew, it became obvious to the band that a special point of interest was needed in the bridge. On past albums, Brad had never been interested in doing guitar solos. With their encouragement, he dove head first into the bridge, creating a part that instantly energized the song."

In an interview with Kerrang!, Chester Bennington talked a bit about the inspiration behind the lyrics of the song, saying "I got divorced recently and that was very difficult. I also got remarried so there was a big contrast in my life. For a while I couldn’t be completely happy with the new life I was starting and I couldn’t end the last one. This is a song about all of that. The music has a kind of reggae vibe to it, almost. It’s really cool watching how the song goes from that, through pop and emerges as a full-on rock song at the end."[2]

Versions

Note: Only the date of the very first release of each version is listed.

Studio

Title Album Length Recorded Released Notes
In Pieces Minutes To Midnight 3:38 2006-2007 May 14, 2007
In Pieces Minutes To Midnight Instrumentals 3:47 2006-2007
  • The CD dates from May 24, 2007.
  • Official instrumental version.

Live

Title Album Length Recorded Released Notes
In Pieces (Live) Live From SoHo (iTunes Exclusive EP) 3:59 February 21, 2008 March 4, 2008
In Pieces (Live From Projekt Revolution, Washington DC, Aug. 19 '07) Leave Out All The Rest

Champs Sports USB Wristband

3:47 August 19, 2007 July 14, 2008
  • MP3 128kbps file titled "In Pieces (Live-Washington DC)" in the USB Wristband.
In Pieces (Live From Koln, 2008) Minutes To Midnight - Live Around The World 3:42 January 21, 2008 June 12, 2012

Live

"In Pieces" was first performed on Projekt Revolution 2007, where it was featured mid-set in Set A for the entire year. Chester would often preface the song, in some way referencing heartbreak or love. In 2008, "In Pieces" was performed in Set S for the winter tours. The summer was more generous to the song, it now being featured mid-set in both Set Y and Set Z. After Projekt Revolution 2008 concluded, the song has not been performed since.

Personnel

  • Chester Bennington
  • Mike Shinoda
  • Brad Delson
  • Dave "Phoenix" Farrell
  • Joseph Hahn
  • Rob Bourdon

Production

  • Produced by Rick Rubin and Mike Shinoda
  • Engineers: Dana Neilsen, Andrew Schelps, and Ethan Mates
  • Engineer Assisting: Phillip Broussard, Jr.
  • Mixing: Neal Avron
  • Mixing Assisting: Nicolas Fournier and George Gumbs
  • Mastering: Dave Collins

Lyrics

Gallery

External Links

References