(I wrote this in response to the similarly titled topic, but I decided to make it a thread of its own because I'm sure it would deviate the other persons thread. So out of respect for that thread, this one I honestly haven't heard the album yet, i'm waiting until the release...but from what i've heard, read, etc...I have a question, "What is your idea of maturity?" The songwriting from a song I heard "Bring that chorus in...", I'm not sure what song, one of the first four I believe. Just because Chester sings more, less Mike, doesn't make them sound mature. Different, yes, mature, not necessarily. Also, they take political stands...again, different, not necessarily mature. The most mature stance to take on a subject, in a public light, might be a neutral one, or one of much more subtly. Oh, and the BS that has fornicated itself amongst Linkin Park discussion, "Mike doesn't rap, but he's doing other stuff...you know, guitar and shettt (imitating Pablo Francisco girl voice, haha)." Well, to tell you the truth, Mike may be a talented individual, and he may know how to play the guitar...but his amazingness, if you would like to credit him with one, is rapping. Neither him, nor Brad for that matter are THAT good of guitar players to justify him rapping less. "We needed Mike on guitar..err...Piano..errr..." Haha, what bullshit, I mean, we've heard a song like "In The End" for example, a perfect harmony of piano, rock, rapping, singing. Like I said, I haven't heard the entire album...but I guess i'm just not too happy with some of the interviews i've seen (that interview with Chester, I want to say it was the Spin article, not too sure). So...to conclude...yes, Linkin Park has aged 8 years...but so have their original fans...sift through the bullshit, and like one of my professors told me...question everything...even if it is your favorite band.