After listening to the album several times through now, I'd like to share my opinions with you all.
LOST IN THE ECHO: 10/10
This, to me, was the epitome of old-school LP. The awesome synth melody, the clean raps from Mike (which were incredible), and Chester's raspy chorus, screaming bridge. The song was perfect for an album opener.
IN MY REMAINS: 10/10
I felt like Living Things stayed in familiar territory for the first few songs on the album, and this song feels like Burn It Down but much, much better. It's all Chester, with a soaring chorus and incredible melody. The synths and synth melodies aren't quite as good as BID's, but overall the song was one of my favorites on the album.
BURN IT DOWN: 8/10
Yesterday, this song would've received a 10 from me. However, after listening to In My Remains, it feels like this is just a more radio-friendly version. I still love this song, but it's not perfection like I thought it would've been in the entirety of the album.
LIES GREED MISERY: 6/10
I won't lie, I was worried when I heard this song, because it never really grew on me. I didn't like the background music, and didn't like the chanty chorus. In the entirety of the album, this song definitely works, and it'll be fun to listen to while driving or working out, but I see this as one of the weakest songs on the album.
I'LL BE GONE: 9/10
Another song with Chester on the verse/chorus pattern, but the verses are one of the most beautiful things I've ever heard. His voice is perfect. The strings behind him are emotional and then the chorus starts and skyrockets. Linkin Park really are masters of melody.
CASTLE OF GLASS: 10/10
If one song made me tear up, it was this one. The tone of this song is very serious, and the vocal interplay between Mike and Chester is as good, if not better, than Iridescent. I can't really explain this song, you just need to hear it. If I had to choose one song as my favorite of the album, it might be this one.
For what it is, it's incredible. It reminds me of Rise Against's "Bricks" in that it's short, sweet, and to the point. It goes from a really dark verse from Mike, to screaming Chester, Mike rap, and Chester scream again, then fade out. It's pretty damn awesome, but if it were a bit longer and structured more solidly it could've been much stronger.
ROADS UNTRAVELED: 10/10
This is the first ballad of the album. It's beautiful. That's all I can say. A very soothing chime with a piano riff on top, add Mike's ever-improving vocals, and a hint of folk, and you have Roads Untraveled. Chester harmonizes and takes lead for parts of the song. I might call this Linkin Park's best ballad ever. Better than LOATR, better than Iridescent, better than TLTGYA. It's just beautiful.
SKIN TO BONE: 8/10
This song is fucking gnarly. LP has a lot of attitude in this song, with the tripped out synth riff playing behind them. I saw someone earlier compare it to Muse, it's not a far-cry by any means. I really like it, and it's a good way to start closing down the album.
UNTIL IT BREAKS: 5/10
I would call this the weakest track on the album. Mike's raps are really dirty (sound-wise, not content-wise), and I'm not digging what's going on musically or the vocal effects. I like Chester's melodies, but again, the vocal effects turn me off. Brad's part isn't bad, but sounds a little bland compared to the album's melodies to this point.
There was a debate as to whether this was LP's strongest album closer: I believe it is. Better than Pushing Me Away, Numb, TLTGYA, and The Messenger. The piano over the electronic riff in the background is nice, and Chester's vocals over the entire song are so clean and smooth.
I was more excited for this album than Minutes To Midnight, or A Thousand Suns, and this is why. This is LP's most consistent album since Meteora. The songs all have a similar vibe, but they're all still so different and unique sounding. I'm one of those "Meteora fans", so take that into account while reading my thoughts, but my view on album order had always been as follows:
2) A Thousand Suns
3) Hybrid Theory
4) Minutes To Midnight
Meteora has been my favorite album since 2003. Taking nostalgia out of the question, Living Things blows the living shit out of all their other albums in my opinion. This is their best work they've done, and I can't wait to see them start playing these songs live.