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
    10
    what an amazing album it's good start for the new decade......................FANTASTICwhat an amazing album it's good start for the new decade......................FANTASTIC LP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Expand
  2. Jul 29, 2011
    10
    It's brilliant to see that this band can excell in multiple genre's. I listened to and loved their nu-metal style music on the Hybrid TheoryIt's brilliant to see that this band can excell in multiple genre's. I listened to and loved their nu-metal style music on the Hybrid Theory album, as for each one of their next albums, noticing the changes in their style with each one. Everybody complains about how Linkin Park isn't what it used to be and that the new album is terrible, these are the sort of people who listen to bands like Everlast, who pump out the same song with a different rythym a few hundred times until they have an album series. Linkin Park changes with each album, nobody else seems to notice this fact and it makes their fuzzy little heads explode when Linkin Park makes an alternative album that is just as good as all the others but in a different genre. It is a change, not for better or for worse. They are keeping their music fresh and I will keep listening to it and loving it, no two songs are the same. Which is more than I could say for the bands that are considered popular in recent times. This album also plays out as a story, each song leading into the next with intermissions every few songs to trasition the theme into a different stage, I have noticed alot of people complaining about this and this is my response: You do not have to listen to the intermissions, or the story of the album. Just play the music, it is a very minute task to put some songs into a playlist. In conclusion, this album is brilliant to me, just like all the others. It saddens me that people never broaden their horizons to music, everyone seems to have such a narrow view and it sickens me to see people bagging this album because of this. Look at it in a different light to the previous songs and you will enjoy it. If not, go back to Miley Cyrus and Flo Rida you sheep. Expand
  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. Mar 15, 2013
    8
    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 indeedI 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.
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  5. Apr 11, 2011
    6
    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 likeIf 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
    5
    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 evenA 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
    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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