Sound — 8
This CD, I thought, gave a lot of new musical innovation than the band's former album (Hybrid Theory). They use make-shift turn tables along with a traditional rock band format (electric, bass, and drums) and throw in some rap to make this CD unique. The difference between Hybrid Theory and Meteora was that they tried to broaden their music by putting in softer tones and guitar parts along with their usual hard intense rock. They used a lot more synthesizing (turn-tables and a sound board) to incorporate musical tastes of rap and rock. Some things about this album were slightly repetitive, though. Guitar parts were simply barre chords in different pattern than before. The bassist fallowed lead also just like Hybrid Theory, when really, bassist should incorporate its beats with the drums.
Lyrics — 8
The lyrics from the main vocalist sound much like the emo genre of music. The words are about being mad or sad, when his life probably is a step above everyone else's. They're probably based on former experiences. They are still a little dry. If you are into hard rock, his screaming is like none other and makes up for his mediocre lyrics. The rapper, on the other hand, is extremely talented. His rhythm and rhyme go together better than most rap artists. He makes the band what it is.
Overall Impression — 10
If you consider this an emo band, then they have done better the most other bands in their genre. If you don't consider them emo (like me) then you find that they're an extremely unique band. The album Meteora is just them making the same music, but trying to add in things here and there for new tastes in their music. If you really want something to base your favorite band on, their consistent style is it. If you want to thrash this band, like I see people doing all the time, then your close mided, pig-headedness perceives you.