Before Minutes to Midnight, and A Thousand Suns? Now I am NOT bagging on the album, this is just an opinion from a friend. He actually never heard M2M and some of ATS. He attended the Listening Party with me, and heard the album. I let him hear songs from Minutes to Midnight, and he REALLY liked songs from ATS. He feels that Living Things seems like (other than the progression from the last two albums heard in the album) it took a step backward. He said it seems like the music itself in Living Things sounds amazing, but there was a sound that was missing from the previous two. I personally don't feel like this, I still have yet to form a FULL opinion on the album. But this is coming from someone who actually is a big fan of them just never got a chance to purchase their last two albums and bought random songs on iTunes from each album. It got me thinking, what if we heard Living Things first (in some other dimension) and we listened to Minutes to Midnight and A Thousand Suns at the same time for the first time. I'm curious to see if anyone would actually think different of which album sounds more pleasant to the ears lyrically and instrumentally.