I have very mixed feelings and thoughts on this album cycle. With the style of the photoshoots they've been doing and the big Kerrang interview that has been released lately, what I gathered from it was that I felt like it was going to be a MTM Pt 2 album, but created in a much shorter space of time than it took to create between Meteora and MTM. I love MTM as an album. It's now starting to look like a Living Things Pt2 in terms of style and production.
I agree with a lot of people talking about the quality and structure of the songs on ATS which is a stunning album, they could have at least pushed themselves on their songwriting for this album. It doesn't feel like they pushed themselves for this album like they did with ATS. I feel like this is just something Mike & Chester could have written by themselves in the studio in about an hour. Despite being such a "personal" album to the band, I can't really feel it, maybe I have to listen to the whole album to get it.
I also agree with people saying how Mike has been hypocritical about the state of music and "pop" music over the last few years and then release Heavy and Battle Symphony. I guess the definition of pop music has changed a lot over the years and what dominates the chart. Back in the day when it used to be Led Zeppelin and Pink Floyd dominating the charts and they certainly aren't "pop music".
LP have always been popular in terms of popularity as they've been around for 16 years roughly and sold millions albums worldwide and toured arenas off the back of the debut album. In terms "popular" musically then this is certainly that. Easy on the ears, simple melodies and structures, for a wide audience. Times change, people change, get over it.
The intro to this song though is amazing - totally digging the Malibu/Venice Beach vibe.