Time after time, a band gets popular with a certain style and then becomes afraid to make changes. Linkin Park could have easily made an exact copy of Hybrid Theory and the album would have sold millions. However, the band did not take the easy road and the fans reap the benefits.
Meteora represents true progress on the musical style of Hybrid Theory. Meteora still sounds like LP, but they took some chances and expanded the sound. The new disc may not grab you right away like Hybrid did, but repeat listenings will reveal the depth and texture in the music. "Somewhere I Belong" is a great first single because it contains all of the classic LP sounds. As for the rest, almost every song could be released as a single. Here are my pics: Faint (best track on the CD, adds some stings to a fast song, has a sense of urgency), Breaking the Habit (sounds like the best song Depeche Mode never wrote, no rapping, great samples), From the Inside (classic hard-soft dynamic), and Numb (last track but one of the best, very fluid song).
Linkin Park proves with Meteora that they are here to stay. Buy this album, you will not be disappointed.