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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
  2. Negative: 0 out of 10
  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. 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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  1. Positive: 64 out of 106
  2. Negative: 24 out of 106
  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. Sep 14, 2010
    10
    Linkin park has proved yet again why it is considered one of the best rock bands in the world with this latest offering. A thousand suns isLinkin park has proved yet again why it is considered one of the best rock bands in the world with this latest offering. A thousand suns is unreal. Extremely impressed. This album has created a sort of thirst in me which can only be quenched by their next album. LP never ceases to amaze me . MY VERDICT
    -10/10
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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. Jul 17, 2012
    8
    This is definitely the most organic of Linkin Park's albums. Highly experimental and fully of politically and socially charged lyrics, AThis is definitely the most organic of Linkin Park's albums. Highly experimental and fully of politically and socially charged lyrics, A Thousand Suns holds up well, but it seems to be lacking much of the heart of the albums before it. It's a good album, but not a very strong one. 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. Sep 17, 2010
    4
    I could personally only state that 2 songs out of the 16 on the album is good enough to listen too. They seem to go in a different direction,I could personally only state that 2 songs out of the 16 on the album is good enough to listen too. They seem to go in a different direction, In my honest option it was a wrong direction, nothing better than a 4/10. I can only hope they change back. 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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