Like, I love all of the band's music, but holy shit ATS is just on another level for me. The thing is I feel that they could make an album as creative as that again. If they really set their minds to it, they could go crazy and do it again, I honestly believe that. And yet I don't think they ever will. The reason we got ATS is because the band wanted to rebrand themselves, they wanted to "delinkinparkify" themselves, to prove themselves. It was an album that came out of the band painfully forcing themselves to experiment. Nowadays, I get the impression (as Mike put it during the LT cycle IIRC) that the band are perfectly content in their own skins. I get the feeling that Mike and Co. are more than happy to write songs until they have enough good ones for an album, tour it, rinse and repeat. Sometimes there'll be experimentation, sometimes there won't be. Like on both LT and THP, there'll be a mixed bag, a few UIBs and MTGs among the BIDs and AFNs. 40-45 minute albums, 12-13 tracks, 1 instrumental, and maybe an interlude. There's nothing wrong with this, the guys are great songwriters and I'm more than happy to get a new batch of great songs every two to three years to add to the collection. But sometimes I wish the band would return to that attitude of frustration, of trying to prove to themselves and to the world that they were more than just a generic rap rock band. I feel the guys as people are in such a great place right now, and I'm happy for them for that, just as I'm extremely grateful that the band hasn't split up and that we're still getting a consistent stream of new music, but sometimes I wish they would just go balls to the wall again and release something alien to anything they've ever done before.