Well, to be perfectly honest, when I first got this album I was quite disappointed to say the least. I'd totally expected an album that was going to be pretty similar to the first 2, and because it didn't turn out to be as such, it was a total let-down...
However. I have now listened to the album all the way through on a few occasions, and the more I listen to it, the more I like it. I am really surprised with the way this album has grown on me, and I would definately recommend it anyone who likes Linkin Park.
I suppose my expectations of this release were somewhat lowered by the reviews that I had read before I got it and I guess this made me feel like I already knew I was gonna hate it! I'm glad I have persisted though, and this album will be on my most-played list from now on.
Alot of people have grumbled that there isn't enough electronica, not enough classic Mike raps, no Mr Hahn instrumentals and too many Chester ballads on this new album; but the way I see it is that these guys have still created a Masterpiece.
The boys have totally proved that they, as a band, have grown up and evolved - taking their music to new levels, and once you have taken the time to listen, it really is quite impressive. They started as a group with some really powerful nu-metal stuff and have moved to a more emotional, reflective type of style.
All in all, I would suggest that you give this album a try. It may take time, but it is definately worth it. The lyrics are amazing and there are some really catchy tunes: Given Up, Leave Out All The Rest and obviously What I've Done, to name but a few.
Give it some time and you really won't regret it!