Honestly, if anything I find it quite interesting how every single one of their albums since HT seems to be done in response to something... Meteora - Done to prove to critics that they're not a one trick pony, and can make another Hybrid Theory if they wanted to Minutes To Midnight - Done to show fans/critics other sides of the band musically, and to give the band the chance to escape from the nu-metal label they were getting buried under with the first two records. A Thousand Suns - The band's conscious attempt to completely erase (or at least try to completely erase) any elements of the first three albums. To totally defy anything that sounded like their first few records. LIVING THINGS - The band wanting to apply everything they've learned up until that album on a record. To create a healthy mix of the 'old and new' and embrace their old selves instead of running away from it. The Hunting Party - Mike being pissed that rock music doesn't have that visceral feel anymore or really sound 'rock'. Kind of makes you wonder what event or mindset will influence the next record.