The article that Linkin Park posted on their main page is Shinoda saying, Hybrid Theory was awesome, their style was unique. Some people copied it, etc...so LP had to change up their sound or they would be "lazy". BULLCRAP. If people are trying to copy your sound, then LP - simply do it better than any of them can..screw the piano crap in every song and lack of guitar and drums that are presented on ATS.
Changing your sound actually sounds easier than letting it evolve as the best of it's genre..going to a whole new genre is more like saying you can't do it anymore and keep it effective as it once was. That's my take.....as many can tell, i think ATS is a dissapointment....
and to CHESTER who says if you dont like it, dont buy it or listen to it - Well i spent my 20 bucks on it SO I CAN LEGALLY LISTEN TO IT....so wtf am i supposed to do now pal?