Sound — 8
The overall sound of Linkin Park's debut album, Hybrid Theory, is okay. The chord progressions and tones are brilliant. However, there was a little too much synthesized effects in the intro to each song. Just about every song started out with s synth keyboard sound and kicked in to a gritty hard rock guitar (which, don't get me wrong, sounds great. Just a little too much of it).
Lyrics — 10
Lyrics and Chester's (the lead singer's) vocal ability are probably the band's strong point. The lyrics form great storyline's and Chester can really rip out a good note along with a good, rich, hard rock sounding track. For example, in the song "Runaway," the lyrics were perfect and it had some sweet sounding notes in it that added a unique dimension to the song. The lyrics are definitely the best part about the album.
Overall Impression — 8
Overall, this is one of the best rock albums out there. From the powerful, touching, soft lyrics of "In The End," to the fast, hard rock chords of "Points Of Authority," Hybrid Theory has a great mix of songs. Totally worth buying.