A lot of people have asked me what I thought about Linkin Park’s 2003 Sophmore Release ‘Meteora’ and the first thing I would tell them was that it was a nice follow up with some songs that can push them in a newer direction. Now, a lot of you Linkin Park ‘haters’ who think this album was terrible won’t agree with what I am about to say, and that’s fine. Linkin Park has a style that, whether you ‘love em’ or ‘hate em’, is catchy and it works. They succesfully have combined hip-hop, rock, and electronica to make something that most of us enjoy hearing and they ACTUALLY care about their fans, unlike most bands out there. Now, back to what I was saying before about a ‘newer direction’. Meteora was a necessity in Linkin Park’s career because they hadn’t finished experimenting with their style to a point where they could go into a ‘new direction’. Sure ‘Meteora’ had its moments where it seemed that it was trying to repeat some of the songs from ‘Hyrbid Theory’ like (Easier to Run=Crawling, and Somewhere I Belong=In the End), but there were other songs such as ‘Faint’ and ‘Breaking the Habit’ that helped push thier style to a new point. ‘Breaking the Habit’ especially is the key song that was the most diverse of all the songs from any of their albums, and because of it they plan to head the way ‘Breaking the Habit’ helped push them for their next album. I am a Linkin Park fan, yes, but I’m not gonna lie; I like their music and I liked all their albums so far, but I really hope they bring something different forward for their third album, because that is where true artists make/break it. But Meteora is worth buying; it’s short, sweet and to the point. No filler songs and a very nice expansion upon Hyrbid Theory. Even if you’re skeptical about buying it because you have heard it was bad, buy it anyway because why base your decision off of someone elses OPINION. You won’t know for sure until you have heard it yourself.