I BEG TO DIFFER
I suppose I phrased that wrong, mybad. What i mean is, you can't expect someone who liked HT to be able to appreciate ATS. It's a different sound, and it's no surprise so many fans feel alienated by it. In response to your points, "amazing and pure" is an opinion, not something to be "realized". Don't assume that I don't get it just because I don't like it. I would also like to point out that no where in my last post did I say the album sucks. I would not call my opinion derogatory, and I don't think an opinion is ever unnecessary. Also I have found LOADS of music that had a more profound impact on me that this with more emotion behind it. My final issue is that Lyrics CANNOT carry an album. I would say that lyrics wise LP is at the top of their game. I think this albums reliance on lyrics over music is what makes it run out of steam so quickly for me.
Oh on a different note, TDWP slays.
I am not afraid of change, some of my favorite albums are those when a band's sound changes (Reroute to Remain, Natural Born Chaos to name a few). This was, in my opinion, a turn for the worse.
What did you guys think of The Messenger? I think it's probably the worst song they were did. Chester's voice is not suited to acoustic.
lucky. LP seem to refuse to play shows in my city.
When they started the Catalyst remix competition, before the actual song came out, I was very excited about the new album simply because it was something I hadn't yet heard before. However, the actual song didn't live up to my expectations, and I took a "meh" standpoint to it. Waiting for the End recaptured that excitement for the album, and I really liked the mix of HT/Meteora with MTM, which in combination created something entirely new.
When the album actually released, I was disappointed at first, but that's where I learned that the album cannot be truly understood or enjoyed on a song-by-song basis - it must be experienced as a whole. After buying the album and going from start to finish, I gained new appreciation for it.
While I am a fan of the nu metal sound that brought myself (and many here) to the band in the first place, I commend the band for going out on a limb and trying something fresh and new.