Sound — 9
Well this album uses pretty much the same formula as Hybrid Theory but just a little heavier but much more experimental which I like. Brad is using pretty much the same technique: power chords and octaves except for a few songs. Rob sounds alright but nothing special except in "Faint". Phoenix NEEDS to turn up the bass though, I mean Jesus, what is the point him being there if he's not going to make an audible contribution.
Lyrics — 10
The lyrics here are much better than HT, for instance "Breaking The Habit" which is about drugs. Chester and Mike work together much better in this album. A perfect example would be at the bridge of "Figure.09". Numb also has very good lyrics but I'm not too sure about the video. Chester is more in this album. A few of the verses he fronts and Mike supports. It's hard to explain but if you listen to HT then Meteora you'll notice that Chester sings a lot more.
Overall Impression — 10
I am now going to review each song seperately: 01.Foreword: kind of pointless but leads nicely into track 2. 02.Don't Stay: heavy and lots of scratching, nice vocals and probably the first song to have no vocals from Mike. 9/10 03.Somewhere I Belong: a very well known song and I like it. I particularly like the guitar in the bridge because of the slides. 9/10 04.Lying From You: this song is amazing. Even though Brad uses power chords (again) they are actually good. 10/10 05.Hit The Floor: second worst track on the album. Kind of annoying really, especially the verse. Could be much better. 4/10 06.Easier to Run: very good and emotional. Mike's rap works really well and Chester is very good. 7/10 07.Faint: very fast and quite catchy. In the chorus it's quite hard to understand what Chester says in the "time won't heal" part. Brilliant nonetheless. 10/10 08.Figure.09: best song on the album. Hands down. Heavy and aggressive, Mike and Chester co-operate brilliantly here on the bridge. 09.Breaking The Habit: heavily electronica influenced. Good vocal delivery and the best lyrics of the album. 9/10 10.From the Inside: good song, similar to Easier to run though. 8/10 11.Nobody's Listening: different but aweful. Chester's harsh singing in the chorus does not fit in with the flute and hip-hop style verses. Worst song on the album. 2/10 12.Session: my 2nd favourite LP instrumental after Wake. I particularly like the drums in this. 7/10 13.Numb: I used to love this song but not so much now. It is still brilliant, similar to Pushing Me Away and Crawling though. 9/10.