After this reply I do not need to say something. I completely agree with Gustavo. We must listen to MTM and ATS carelessly for last works and not comparing HT and Meteora with new soundings of Linkin Park. Remember, that that are four different works and each of them have the unique style.Well, after many, many listenings, I came here to say that the only thing that prevent me to like ATS, it is the fact that is Linkin Park. When I stop thinking about Linkin Park changing so deeply their music style, or thinking about what they did in the past, I'm free to enjoy and like a lot, ATS.
And like many said and wrote here, it is an album that you need to listen from start to end to enjoy it more. It is a concept album, it is a compact, a very cohesive work.
I really like most of the songs and some are really good, but again, some songs are not Linkin Park at all!.
I'm an open minded guy regarding to music, so I can enjoy more than one genre, so I can enjoy ATS without prejudice.
I think that we have to stop thinking about why they changed or why they are doing this now or what they did in the past and start enjoying this album. It is the only way to do it.
I really wanted to do so. That's why I gave ATS a second chance. I started to listening to it again and again, in my ipod, in my home stereo, discovering all the new sounds, the great lyrics (some are really deep and good) trying to feel why they did music in this new way. I think I finally felt it. There is a clear message in this album, and I hope all of you will get it.
And it is obvious to me that these guys didn't want at all to do whatever they did in the past. They refused to revisit their past. They wanted/want to be all new. It is an overwhelming feeling that it is printed, fully recorded in ATS and you can hear it in their new songs, in their lyrics, in their singing, in their deep of their souls.
Some of us won't like it and we have the right to do so. But if you try to listening to it without trying to find the old LP, well, maybe you will have a great and pleasant surprise.