||07/25/12 03:06 PM
This album sounds NOTHING like their "old" stuff, unless by old, he meant A Thousand Suns.
Seriously, the new album sounds like A Thousand Suns B-sides, Dead By Sunrise leftovers with a hint of dubstep mixed in. If you've listened to it without bias, you can't really honestly disagree.
It has a ton of Shinoda rapping and dubstep-esque undertones/background noise with a lot of Chesters' "softer work" and "slower work" mixed in. Nothing really hard, fast or remotely heavy that could be comparable to their first couple albums that were full of energy and in-your-face emotion.
There was 1 song that slightly reminded me of the LP that I loved, and it's only like 1:46 or something, not really a complete song.
Don't get me wrong, I've been a huge fan of these guys since before Hybrid Theory came out and I can really get into most of their slower songs, its not that I only like their heavy stuff, but the ones on the new album are...awkward. Actually, if I had to sum up the entire new album in 1 word, it would be "awkward".