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
  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. 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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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 74 out of 104
  2. Negative: 24 out of 104
  1. Feb 29, 2012
    this album is so emotional the song songs on this album are just so **** good its just amazing. linkin park is so god damn good its just amazing. my favorite song on this album has to be iridecent 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. Jul 17, 2012
    This 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 11, 2012
    This album could have been much better, but instead it was filled with lots of ambient an random electronic sounds between the real songs. I give a 6 to the album because I still have faith in them. Expand
  6. Jan 3, 2011
    It's pretty much the ultimate kiss of death for any fan base. I know how mixed the reception towards Minutes to Midnight was, and with a thousand suns I'm pretty much on the middle of the fence here (hence the five-out-of-ten rating).
    A Thousand Suns isn't a bad album but not a great one either. I'll always listen to it gladly due to a number of good tracks but there's way too much filler to merit a higher rating from me.
  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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