Sound — 8
Linkin Park has definetely taken a different direction with this album than from others. I have been a long time fan of them, since Hybrid Theory, and have always loved their nu-metal sound mixed with hip-hop. This album changed that drastically, and to be honest, I was not impressed with the new sound as much as the old, which isn't to say it wasn't still good. Chester has taken most of the lyrics now, whereas Mike used to rap verses. Now, Mike's generally on backup guitar, with the exception of "Hands Held High" and "In Between". They had one song similar to the old albums, "Bleed it out" which incorperated Mike doing a verse and Chester with the chorus. Brad's guitaring has changed some, with more solo's being incorperated, and a slightly lighter verse and chorus. He did still do a harder sound with "No More Sorrow", being one of my favorite songs on the album. Phoenix and Mr. Hahn are hardly audible, for the most part, which was a tad dissapointing. And Rob's drumming is still of the best out there.
Lyrics — 10
The lyrics have always been, and still are, very powerful. Chester still sings about realistic issues, and personal issues, while keeping his harmonic voice, and incorperating some great screams now and then. Mikes song "Hands Held High" was a war song, and made the list of top 10 war songs. It is powerful, and that's all I can say about it. Lines such as "It's ironic, at time like this you pray, but a bomb blew the Mosque up yesterday" and "Take back what's yours. Say something that you know they might attack you for." make it a very emotional, and catchy song. Chester still has memorable lyrics. No More Sorrow being one of his critical songs with lines such as "You trade money for lies" and "You will pay for what you've done." If one thing hasn't changed, it's the powerful lyrics of btoh Chester and Mike.
Overall Impression — 7
Overall, as much as I hate to say it, with the other 2 original albums, Hybrid Theory and Meteora, this was probably my least favorite, only because the new sound the attempted was not to my liking as much as the others. I got this on opening day, and I would definetely recommend it to anybody who's a fan of the band, or who never did like them, but wants to hear their new sound. You will be listening to it multiple times, because despite being different, it's still addictive.