A Thousand Suns - Linkin Park
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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. Positive: 5 out of 10
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  1. 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. 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.
  5. 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.
  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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  1. Positive: 75 out of 106
  2. Negative: 24 out of 106
  1. Mar 26, 2013
    what an amazing album it's good start for the new decade......................FANTASTIC LP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Expand
  2. Jul 11, 2011
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. This is my favorite album from one of my favorite bands Linkin Park. I just love the way A Thousand Suns turned out. They go from a nice gentle song that is sad and raw like The Messenger, and go to a more hard core, heart pumping song like When They Come For Me. It is such a diverse album and it can attract many audiences. Expand
  3. Oct 10, 2010
    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. Mar 15, 2013
    I thought you would hear another hard disk linkin park, but after Minutes To Midnight, I had high hopes to return with a hard sound and indeed were less hard now.
    Outrage?? Would you buy? Whatever your choice, you certainly will not be left indifferent. A high-level production, some very good songs and others who aspired to be, make this A Thousand Suns in a job that could have given more of themselves. It's a shame to see that something is halfway, but it's what brings so much experimentation.
  5. Apr 11, 2011
    If your looking for a good Linkin Park album, you're gonna have to wait awhile, I would only recommend this album if you can get it cheap like I did. I say this because out of the 15 tracks there are only 6 full length songs, the rest are lame filler tracks. Expand
  6. Sep 24, 2010
    A Thousand Suns can be considered as a concept album. It is incoherent and does not carry the sound that Linkin Park is famous for, not even the Minutes to Midnight sound. The only good things that were enjoyable were the first two tracks and "The Catalyst". Other than that, this album is not Linkin Park's best work. I am for bands trying to experiment with their sound (let's face it, if you listen to the same thing over and over again, it's going to get old), but I don't think Linkin Park headed in the right direction with this one. As a fan, I hope they do not repeat this one and come up with something more enjoyable and less political. Expand
  7. Mar 21, 2011
    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. I wished that they would just go back to their old ways and make better music than this pop **** Expand

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