Sound — 8
After listening to this album, all I have to say is "wow". Linkin Park (acumpanied with my musical tastes) has taken a turn in the right direction. Whether it's the industrial rock sound of "given up" or the hit pop single "What I've Done", I was more than impressed. Although, there are some downfalls. Mike Shinoda was barely in the album. And what I really noticed is that the guitarist hasn't improved since live in Texas. Stick to "A Place For My Head", you were actually good in that!
Lyrics — 9
It seems that with Mike gone, Chester improves! Chester is not only better at writing lyrics, he also doesn't have that whiney voice anymore. Compared to his preveius songs (as far as lyrics and his voice goes)I would pay big money to have Chester totally re-do the Hybrid theory and Meteora.
Overall Impression — 6
I, personally, love the new Linkin park. I almost regret having all that rap stuff on my mp3's. Now I don't have to (I also regret that the only rap I'd listened to was from a white guy who didn't even have a rap group, so he had to be with Linkin Park. Kinda pathetic). Overall, I think that this album was a work of genius, but I have to say, it does get old after a while, so don't over whatch you're live in Texas vids!