Sorry if there is a thread for this, I honestly couldn't find one. In anticipation for A Thousand Suns I figured, I should go back and listen to Linkin Park's first album since changing their style. It's a highly underrated album, many people claiming that Linkin Park sold out for commercial rock. I disagree.
01. Wake - I'm not going to give this a number rating, because of its length, but it starts off with a scratching type of sound, and really builds up into an epic, but dark intro. Really nice dark synth, and ambient sound effects.
02. Given Up - It opens with hand clapping and keys jingling. This one is more of a punk, loud, guitar driven song. It's more emotional, and pyschotic than what we are used to. Chester proves that he still has it with a 16 second scream during the bridge of the song. It's a decent track.*
03. Leave Out All The Rest - This song showcases Linkin Park's newer, softer style. It is really poppy, but still a good effort, and a really soothing song.
04. Bleed It Out - More of a traditional Linkin Park style song. Heavy rapping verses, and Chester singing the choruses and bridge. This one is fast paced, and pretty short, but it still turns out to be a good track. You can tell by the noises in the back that the song was meant to be a fun track.
05. Shadow Of The Day - A softer ballad, and one of the softest songs Linkin Park has ever showcased. A beautiful song, alot less poppy than the third track, and remains to be one of my favorites of the album.
06. What I've Done - The first single off of the album. The song opens with a horror movie-esque piano, and turns out to be your traditional rock song. It's a song about new beginnings, and starting over.*
07. Hands Held High - Mike Shinoda displays easily, the best verses he has ever written in this song. The marching drum beat and simple melodies really compliment Mike's poetic rapping. The song ends with Chester and Mike singing a duet.
08. No More Sorrow - The intro of the song is pretty long, and this turns out to be more of a heavier song, similar to Given Up in ways. Many people believe this is another anti-political song. It's okay but I don't like it too much.
09. Valentine's Day - The song is another ballad, Chester starts off pretty quiet in this one, and the song builds up to a nice climatic ending. I think this one was average at best, nothing to rave about. My least favorite.
10. In Between - Honestly this is a very soft track. Mike showcases his singing talent in this one, and for the most part without the help of Chester. Very simple and soothing track.
11. In Pieces - This track is one of my favorites off of the album. There is a nice catchy beat with ska-plucking and Chester singing. This track is another track that slowly builds up to a great climatic ending. The beat to this song is really catchy, as well as the lyrics.
12. The Little Things Give You Away - This is a very powerful, emotional song. The best track to close out the album. There is a nice simple drum beat, acoustic guitar, a powerful lengthy guitar solo by Brad, and Mike and Chester singing together in harmony to close out the album. Another one of my favorites.*
Overall I would give this album a 9/10. It was a breath of fresh air and a great new direction for the band. Although not alot of people would agree, this is one of my favorites from the band.