I love this album! It's a very sneaky good quality album.
The first 6 songs (excluding Watching As I Fall) are hard for me to get through or appreciate on a consistent basis. They are very clearly Mike dealing with Chester's passing and his life being in ruins. I like listening to those songs when I want to connect with Mike or Chester, but they are very emotional, and hard for me to get through. They are also very, quite on the nose about Chester instead of more ambiguous and relate-able to the average listener. I don't listen to them often.
After the first few songs, the album really picks up and becomes a little more accessible and are the songs I want to listen to on repeat. Watching As I Fall, Crossing a Line, Hold it Together, Make it Up As I go, Running from my Shadow, World's on Fire, Can't Hear You Now, are all really awesome songs. I can feel the Chester impact on them, but it's not as direct. They could hold up on their own for people who have never even heard of Linkin Park. I love the fact that two of my current favorite artists (K Flay & grandson) are featured on two songs, just makes the album better for me.
This is exactly the album that I wanted, and more than I could have ever hoped for after Chester's passing. I get to connect with Mike and relive the pain when I want it, but I also get a piece of Linkin Park (Mike's influence in LP after listening to this is quite obvious) without a direct Linkin Park revival or replacement of Chester that could be disastrous. Overall, I'm very happy with this. The album means a shit ton to me, and it's just a damn good album.