Sound — 8
Collision Course is a creative blend of Jay-Z and Linkin Park. The two sounds mesh together very well in most of the songs, creating an interesting and fresh approach to each song. While some songs like Izzo/In The End and Big Pimpin'/Papercut sound a bit awkward, Collision Course takes two completely different songs and combines them into one great song. Dirt Off Your Shoulders/Lying From You were begging to be mashed due to their similar beats. What results from that mix is perhaps the best song on the album. Jigga What/Faint is another standout song that jumped out at me as an awesome song. Despite a couple problems, Collision Course creates an great sound.
Lyrics — 10
With the exception of Izzo/In The End, the lyrics from one song transplant well to the beat of another. Dirt off your shoulder/Lying From You is a perfect example of this. Linkin Park is known for its deep and personal lyrics and they did a good job combining songs that have similar moods to them (Numb/Encore). With Linkin Park's fantastic lyrics and Jay-Z's rhythmic rhymes, the lyrics on Collision Course are nothing below the high standards of each band.
Overall Impression — 8
Just the pure fact that Jay-Z and Linkin Park collaborated makes Collision Course exciting. The meshing of the two sounds is something new for fans of both Linkin Park and Jay-Z. Overall, Collision Course serves as an awesome interlude between Meteora and Linkin Park's next album, and is an incredible creation of two outstanding talents.