Time for a track by track review. The Requiem - 5/5: I love this. It's so haunting and creepy, which I enjoy in music. Great intro, though it's a bit misleading. A lot of the music in this album sounds happy and hopeful. Still, great stuff. The Radiance - 3/5: I really don't understand why LP make this it's own track. I like how it sounds, but it doesn't really stand on it's own. Burning In The Skies - 4/5: I mentioned this before, Mike's parts in this song remind me a lot of Owl City. The electronic beat with the low gentle vocals sounds just like Adam Young to me. A lot of people won't like that comparison, but Owl City is a guilty pleasure of mine and this definitely sounds like it. There is guitar in this track before the soloish part, it's just very quiet and clean. Overall, good song, though I have a feeling that if I were to rate this song again in a year, it might get a 3.5/5 instead. Empty Spaces - I really don't understand why this is even on the album, let alone it's own track. It doesn't really set much of a mood in my opinion, it just sounds like a non-sequitor. When They Come For Me - 5/5: Wow. Just wow. The first verse of this song is probably the best Mike has ever rapped. And it is straight up BALLS-Y to call out people like he did. The Jay-Z and Hybrid Theory references are just clever. I love the chorus melody, and Chester vocals when the track slows down just sound great. One of the highlights of the album. Robot Boy - 4/5: I don't know what to think of this song. I want to really love it, and sometimes I think I do, but I don't know. This actually sounds like Justin Timberlake to me at some parts. It has a bit of an R&Bish sound at the beginning. I appreciate that there is pretty much no conventional song structure here, and I love the synth instrumental break. However, Chester's shouts in the second half of the song kind of confuse me, they almost don't fit, unless he's supposed to be mimicking the young "robot boy" maybe having a tantrum? This track is the one that I'm going to have to listen to a lot more before I make up my mind completely about. Jornada Del Muerto - 3.5/5: I'm 99% sure this song is in Japanese. Which is ironic, but makes sense too. Jornada Del Muerto is one of the nicknames given to the place where the atomic bombs were tested in the U.S., and we used those bombs to destroy two of Japans largest cities. I wish I could make out what Mike was singing, cause I've studied Japanese for 3 years and could probably translate it relatively easily. I like the synth sound that comes in also. Overall, a good interlude. Waiting For The End - 5/5: This track blew my mind when I first heard it. Chester's melodies and harmonies remind me a LOT of Paul McCartney. He really shows off his ability; when he first starts singing his vocals are really gentle and soft, and of course the end he belts out a huge, passionate wail that gave me chills. I love the way the song builds, it almost feels like the song is missing something, and then the huge ending hits and it all comes together. Great choice for a single, and one of my new favorite Linkin Park songs. Blackout - 5/5: This song is definitely one of the weirdest, if not THE weirdest on the album. Chester is rapping (and yes that is rapping) over a happy chip-tune sounding beat. It is bizarre and extremely intense. Then Mike glitches Chester's vocals and the whole thing goes nuts. But the absolute best part of this song is the second part, when Mike's singing comes in. I don't think Mike's singing has ever sounded better. His vocals are not as quiet as In Between, but aren't being pushed as hard as No Roads Left or The Catalyst, and the beats fits his tone of voice perfectly. Then when Chester rejoins the song with his powerful vocals, they just harmonize beautifully. Wretches And Kings - 3.5/5: I liked this song a lot more before I heard the rest of the album. It's a ton of fun to listen to, and the beat is fucking heavy, but there isn't a lot of substance in it. Chester sounds great on the chorus. Wisdom, Justice, and Love - 5/5: Another chilling interlude. I love how dark this sounds. Iridescent - 4.5/5: The beginning of this song sounds like an alternative indie band! This is a milestone song for Linkin Park in my opinion. The message and sound of this song is truly full of hope as opposed to anger and angst. This serves, better than What I've Done in my opinion, as the song where LP really lets go of what they used to be. It's really beautiful and nice to see LP spreading a really positive message. The whole band singing reminds me of Kings and Queens by 30STM or Wake Up by Arcade Fire. Really epic sounding stuff, and while it isn't something you've never heard before, it still sounds amazing. Will probably become a 5/5 for me in time. Fallout - 3/5: Decent little interlude, not on the level of The Requiem or WJ&L though. The Catalyst - 4/5: I really wanted to give this track a 3.5, but I know that's just because I've been listening to it for a while and it was the lead single. Cool song, probably the most energy on the album, not the best on the album. The Messenger - 5/5: I am not a fan of acoustic songs. However, this is awesome. Chester's vocals are fantastic. For such soft, stripped down instrumentation, Chester pushes his voice a lot harder than one would expect, but it just makes it all the more hard-hitting. Like Iridescent, it's good to see LP writing a song about positive emotions, and it just happens to also kick you in the face with it's vocal power. Overall average: 4.25/5. Really good album, refreshing in a way that MTM was not.