The old sound is so lame. Don't get me wrong, I've grown up with Meteora and Hybrid Theory and I love them for nostalgic reasons. But if LP had still made albums like that, being in their 30's and Chester having red, spiky hair.. that would be so hilarious.
Personally I like Minutes to Midnight. I get the complaints people had, and I'm not the biggest fan of the slower songs like "Shadow of the Day" or "Leave Out All the Rest", but the rest of the album is really good IMO. "The Little Things You Give Away" is quite possibly one of my favorite LP-songs, it's easily a top3 song by them, and maybe even my favorite. "Given Up", "Bleed it Out" and "No More Sorrow" are all great songs that have a bit of a touch from the first two albums. "Valentine's Day" is another great song, and the rest is mixed between good/great.
A Thousand Suns is pretty interesting. I think it was a cohesive album, and I enjoyed it quite a lot. With that said, I don't really remember any of the songs except for "Burning in the Skies" and "Blackout", but I should probably listen to the album again soon. All in all I enjoyed it.
I think it's easy to praise Hybrid Theory and Meteora because of how good they were at the time. Many of us (not only on this forum) grew up with them, and I have fond memories of going through school, being 13-15 and listening to Linkin Park pretty much every day. The style they had back then was just not something they could move forward. If they had made another or two more albums in the same style, it would have gotten so repetitive. I think Hybrid Theory and Meteora has their charm because they were special, and more albums in the same style would have ruined that. And I'm really happy that LP could move forward as a band.
Interesting... Nostalgia has very little to do with my liking the older material, but I can only speak for myself (unless it is with video games, I'm not very nostalgic with anything in my life, least of all music). In fact, there's some pretty shitty memories that I have to dig out whilst listening to them, but I like the music so much that I block them out. I don't say this to debate or spark anything but I think the exact same of their recent albums (lame, embarrassing). Songs like Bleed It Out, Hands Held High and What I've Done, I find repetitive, cheesy, and downright cringe-worthy at times; same goes for some ATS songs; Blackout wasn't terrible, but once again I cringed when I heard it just because it sounds so damn mediocre and corny (along with Robot Boy; Burning In The Skies; and Waiting For The End). I find it interesting how people relate those emotions to music, and it's funny that we're on opposite sides. I mean, I can rock out to their old stuff; really get into it and enjoy what I'm listening to, whereas you probably do the same as I do with the new stuff, except with the old. (P.S. 'Red spikey hair' has nothing to do with the music they make... It is in fact possible to be 'grown-up and mature' and still make music akin to what once was with their first two albums; but once again it's interesting you relate that to that type of music)
I just can't get past a certain wall that has me cringing with embarassment every time I try to listen to almost anything from ATS and literally every track from MTM. It just sounds like some kiddy-pop joke to me; like they're trying so fucking hard to be accepted as this 'new, evolved' band when I thought they were doing amazing until that big change. But the same seems to be true for many others here in relation to their first couple albums. Very interesting. I don't know what makes us think that way when listening to a song but it's intriguing. Either way, clearly their new style isn't for me; so I'm hoping the new album leans towards their older style.@Ariich:
Urgh...I'm going to try my hardest to not let that last comment rub me the wrong way but please, for the love of all integrity, do not pull that 'factual opinion' cop-out and borderline insult my own opinion with that stab of 'whether you like it or not'. It doesn't make your opinion any more of a fact than me saying "MTM is an embarrassing pile of filth and anyone who thinks otherwise is a wrong doody-poo and has a brain the third the size of me, it's science kthanks" and only serves to irk anyone that happens to disagree, which I clearly do, along with projecting an image that you think your opinion is fact.
To answer your question, yes I've given both MTM and ATS full listens (ATS multiple listens because yes, it is intricate) and my uncompromising attention and I really did not enjoy either of them, as you can probably surmise from the above paragraphs. The music behind the lyrics doesn't do anything at all for me, I find it to be very bland and samey; then the lyrics themselves serve only to either make me cringe or stare blankly and forget altogether what I'm listening to. It's just a complete miss for me; I don't get the new style or its appeal nor can I fathom how it is their most intricate album. To date I still think that Meteora is a wonderful work of art and is their most intricately woven album along with being the most intellectually based output by the band...whether you like it or not.