When I first picked up this CD and gave it a spin, I was actually a little disappointed. There were only a handful of the songs on the album were classic hardcore Linkin Park. Given Up, What I've done, No More Sorrow and Bleed it Out are the expected awesome hardcore/rap Linkin Park, but the rest of the songs were kind of slow. However, after a couple of listens, I really began to like this album.
All of the songs on this album are great, they're just not what you'd expect. Songs like Leave Out All the Rest, Shadow of The Day and Valentines Day are really good songs. They start a bit slower than you might be used to, but the beats, vocals and tunes are all fantastic. I appreciate that they tried something new with this album while maintaining a more consistent thematic string than previous albums.
This is a great album, you just got to realize that they've gone in a slightly new direction this time. If you can accept that, you will thoroughly enjoy this album.