Sound — 9
When I first heard it the change really made me go "wow". Just so different from previous albums! With this album they really left their nu-metal roots, but they still maintained that LP signature sound! I found this album to be the album with most balls, and they took a big risk with the change and imo they delieverd well! So kudos to LP for a good album!
Lyrics — 7
Ok, I'm gonna give you a song by song discription of the album, make it easier! 01. Wake - the album opener and a sorta insight to what the album is gonna bring. Nothing to say their really. 02. Given Up - one of the more heavier songs on the album, and one of my favourites! Chesters voice has really developed from that whiney voice he had which I really like! The song flows perfectly, the bass only verse really fits! The break down is the only hint of nu-metal from the song. but goes well! I think a solo could of went really well with this, but we can't win em all! 03. Leave Out All The Rest - starts off like a Meteora song which rocks, probably the lightest song on it, and a lot of effects in it. I really like this song tho, a lot of bands can't do soft songs, but LP never fail there! Tho it seems to be a sorta mainstream song, but that doesnt't bother me too much! 04. Bleed It Out - finally some Mike Shinoda! Missed he's presence so far on the album! Really lively song! Love the rappin! he can rap anything it's great! I really like this song! tho it's missing something I can't put my finger on it! 05. Shadow Of The Day - starts off with an electic kit, and some effect. Nothing too strong throughout the whole song! nice mellow-ish song! but has been done too many times over-all. 06. What I've Done - the first single off the album and the most knowing song too! What can I say I love this song alot, tho juts sometimes it lacks the kick that the song had potential of. But I still think it's a great song! One of the best on the album! doesnt't really show off he's new vocal ability like on previous songs! 07. Hands Held High - this is like something from Puff Daddy or something! It really is! Once again nice to hear Shinoda, I can tell this song has something to do with something that happened previously, maybe involving death! Like war maybe. I like it alot, lyrics are very good! Very good! 08. No More Sorrow - very errie intro! I like! Very heavy too! I love the main riff alot, I came up with something like that but damn, they done it better! I think the verses could be a little better, but the chorus makes up for it! Over all very different sorta song! very dark sounding! A good song over all! 09. Valentines Day - a very weird song overall, I like the new concept of their songs! As I said, they have changed alot! and this song is a great example of it! very feeder-ish! Gives out that vibe! Tho missing something again! 10. In Between - Shinoda singin this and I love he's voice! Finally they are songin together! Once again a happy vibe song! and another great song! 11. In Pieces - the song is sorta like a previous song, sorta boring! But that's my opinion! this song has had so many to break into a bitching song but no. but it's an alright song, nothing amazing! 12. The Little Things You Give Away - for the last song, it doesnt't start off anyway good, I was hoping this song would be a really strong song! But as vocals go it's good, It gets a little better when the drums come in! Over all not too great a song!
Overall Impression — 7
This album can't compare to previous albums, due to it being. Just too damn different! What I noticed as the album went on is that it went from heavy and exciting to light and boring bar one or two songs which was sorta dissapointing! But it was still a good album none the less! Overall you should just buy it for the first few songs!