A Thousand Suns

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  • Band members: Mike Shinoda, Chester Bennington
  • Summary: Linkin Park team up again with legendary producer Rick Rubin for its fourth album in attempt to create a genre all of its own.
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  1. Kerrang!
    80
    Linkin Park's fourth album plots a remarkable course. It is, in fact, nothing less than the sound of their hybrid theory soaring to its logical conclusion. [11 Sep 2010, p.50]
  2. On A Thousand Suns at times the band's odd melange of industrial grind, hip-hop swagger, and teenage-wasteland angst feels jarring--but that should matter little to the kids who clamor for their headphone catharses.
  3. On its latest release, A Thousand Suns, the six-piece rock act truly breaks the habit of everything we've heard from it before.
  4. 60
    Linkin Park's fourth studio album (and second collaboration with producer Rick Rubin) contains plenty of aggressively arty material that might surprise fans of the megapopular rap-rock outfit.
  5. With Rick Rubin co-producing, the band embraces not just synth-pop clamor but also dancehall-style chants and U2's grandiosity. It's the sound of Linkin Park feeling their way toward a new identity, but their skill for melody is obvious.
  6. They didn't want whatever their next album was to be predictable, and while A Thousand Suns might have emerged by accident compared to previous LPs, it's certainly a far from plays-to-perceived-type affair.
  7. In essence, A Thousand Suns is a record with no real character or substance.

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  2. Negative: 25 out of 111
  1. Sep 24, 2010
    10
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. After abandoning its nu metal roots with the somewhat confused Minutes to Midnight back in 2007, Linkin Park has followed through its search for a new defining sound with its latest release A Thousand Suns. The album is the band's the gloomiest, most despondent one ever. And while Suns is supposedly a concept album which runs along the lines of devastation and hope within it, it is ironically the sextetâ Expand
  2. T3D
    Sep 15, 2010
    10
    linkin park has always been one of those bands who amaze you every time they come out with an album.A THOUSAND SUNS is no exception...therelinkin park has always been one of those bands who amaze you every time they come out with an album.A THOUSAND SUNS is no exception...there just one word that can describe this masterpiece:wow.
    a thousand suns is like a delicious soup,with all the perfect ingredients mixed in perfect proportion. I am still humming the songs which means for me its a 'pass'
    these are the songs that are worth listening to:
    the catalyst
    waiting for the end
    blackout
    the messenger
    when they come for me
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  3. Oct 10, 2010
    10
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. I like how everyone uses the term "old Linkin Park". If i remember correctly, and i believe i do, everyone bashed Linkin Park when Meteora came out because "it sounded too much like Hybrid Theory". Linkin Park then dished out Minutes to Midnight. Imagine that, a band that listened to the fans, M2M didn't sound like Hybrid Theory or Meteora for that matter. And now with A Thousand Suns, which everyone is correct, it doesn't sound like their previous stuff yet again. It's something new to sink our teeth in. I can honestly say i like the musical taste of A Thousand Suns. Yeah, it may only have 9 songs out of the 15 tracks, but throughout all of their albums, they have always had instrumentals. I for one thoroughly enjoy the instrumentals. I have been a fan since the Hybrid Theory EP, and Linkin Park has not disappointed me yet. A Thousands Suns may not meet a lot of your expectations, especially if your not acceptive to new ideas. All work in forms of art, whether it be painting, drawing, music, poetry, woodworking, etc., came from someone with an idea. This is Linkin Parks newest idea, and it is art, whether you want to believe it or not. I bought A Thousand Suns on 9/14/10. The best album I have bought all year. I give it a 9 out of 10. Expand
  4. Apr 16, 2016
    8
    It's an artistic album, I enjoyed and found it creative. There are a lot of overcoming songs which are great and catchy, "Waiting For The End"It's an artistic album, I enjoyed and found it creative. There are a lot of overcoming songs which are great and catchy, "Waiting For The End" for example, is one of them. Expand
  5. Mar 9, 2013
    6
    I wonder WTF do these guys think before writing their songs. There are wonderful songs on this album (Waiting for the End, Iridescent) butI wonder WTF do these guys think before writing their songs. There are wonderful songs on this album (Waiting for the End, Iridescent) but other songs are awful. Some of them aren't songs. Why don't you write an album made only by good songs? Expand
  6. Oct 6, 2015
    5
    The band is trying to expand their sound but overall it just does not work, it seems like there is no direction. I enjoy a few songs here butThe band is trying to expand their sound but overall it just does not work, it seems like there is no direction. I enjoy a few songs here but the majority of the songs on this album are boring. Unlike their previous stuff this is not a rock album, there is not much guitar work here. Expand
  7. Mar 21, 2011
    0
    I like their old music from Hybrid Theory and Meteroa because they were original good at, which is rap rock not just rock with a little rap. II like their old music from Hybrid Theory and Meteroa because they were original good at, which is rap rock not just rock with a little rap. I wished that they would just go back to their old ways and make better music than this pop **** Expand

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