Everybody likes something different so a change in music is okay just like different opinions of fans are okay.
The old days were about energy, power, edited voices all over the place and not clean soft tracks. There were some songs that are pretty clean or soft (you will remember when you think about it) but Minutes to Midnight was way too clean and lacked energy, but still the songs were alright.
On concerts fans go crazy about the old songs and it's a real great party but when it comes down to newer songs nothing is going on. Of course, breaks are nice, but they're not cool if it's half of the concert.
I'm not saying LP sucks or the new style or whatever you want to blame - I still like them but that's it. It's okay to change but you don't HAVE TO change just because other bands do, too (@some comments in here, that's a weird reason) or because you grow older.
It's nothing special for me personally anymore. I guess this was the last album I bought right away without listening to everything first, just like I won't like the concerts that much anymore unless it's supposed to be a "back to the roots"-tour or something.
I liked the edited voices, the 6 Chesters screaming at me, the electronica works, the riffs, the awesome drums on - say - Papercut which are a masterpiece when played live, and it was all very well put together.
I'm glad ATS isn't as clean as Minutes to Midnight was. But it's not really a top thing for me because they kind of went with a style that doesn't combine lots of genres. As people said, Brad is almost useless on this album, on Minutes to Midnight it was Joe.
And yes, let's hope someone reads this. Why not? We are fans just like everyone else and LP should love all their fans and not just the MtM/ATS fans so it's not a bad thing if we want more energy-driven songs and concerts that blow you away instead of radio-material. I would die for a concert like back in 2000/2001 when I was too young to get into the small clubs they played in.
And no, I'm not happy with it just because I liked Reanimation. It's in no way comparable except for 2 songs or something. They got my attention with One Step Closer and not the radio songs that made them real popular. I'm not into that. Lots of people seem to think LP's hits are the right songs to talk about when you say "old LP" but those (radio-friendly songs) were pretty rare on Hybrid Theory and Meteora and are not the ones that fans of the "old LP" mostly talk about.
I really AGREE ...
Meteora and Hybrid Theory were VERY NICE .
i hope LP will play songs like their older stuff ...
I hope that Linkin Park will make another album like Meteora and HT.