I personally feel that A Thousand Suns is their best album as a whole, it disappointed me somewhat how they lost all the atmosphere and depth on Living Things, which I just couldn't get into. I did enjoy A Light That Never Comes though.
Not working with Rick Rubin is a pretty good step to change things up. Whatever happens, they know how to write a good song, so I'll look forward to this.
I have loved everything this band had ever done up to Living Things. That album was such a let down for me. It has some really good songs (Lost In the Echo, Lies Greed Misery, Victimized, Until It Breaks) but everything else is pretty forgettable to me. A Thousand Suns is my favorite LP album and Living Things was just a huge step backwards in my eyes. I don't like "A Light That Never Comes" either. But if they're experimenting and doing new things, then I'm really looking forward to this album then.
A Thousand Suns is absolutely their best album (if not at least tied with Hybrid Theory) while Living Things is probably their weakest. It felt like a step back from the growth and experimentation of ATS.
That being said, they're still one of my favorite bands and I'm damn excited for this.
(Hopefully we finally get a second Fort Minor album after.)
i tried to be open to MTM and thought it was a solid album, but i haven't really fallen for anything by LP since meteora. I'll definitely at least check this out though; I like chester too much to give up on him.
I thought Living Things was somewhat of a return to form, but I still need to be convinced it wasn't just an attempt to regain some old thunder. Anything is a step up from A Thousand Suns though, that thing was a mess in my opinion.