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  • Artist(s): 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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Waiting for the End
Yeah, yo This is not the end, this is not the beginning Just a voice like a riot rocking every revision But you listen to the tone and the violent... See the rest of the song lyrics

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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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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 70 out of 115
  2. Negative: 26 out of 115
  1. Mar 1, 2018
    10
    Score = % of liked (+) songs = 15/15 = 100%

    1 The Requiem + 2 The Radiance + 3 Burning In The Skies + 4 Empty Spaces + 5 When They Come
    Score = % of liked (+) songs = 15/15 = 100%

    1 The Requiem +
    2 The Radiance +
    3 Burning In The Skies +
    4 Empty Spaces +
    5 When They Come For Me +
    6 Robot Boy +
    7 Jornada Del Muerto +
    8 Waiting For The End +
    9 Blackout +
    10 Wretches And Kings +
    11 Wisdom, Justice, And Love +
    12 Iridescent +
    13 Fallout +
    14 The Catalyst +
    15 The Messenger +
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  2. Oct 11, 2014
    10
    An incredibly ambitious and thoughtful album that revolves around nuclear disasters and self-destruction. Linkin Park challenged themselves toAn incredibly ambitious and thoughtful album that revolves around nuclear disasters and self-destruction. Linkin Park challenged themselves to create this experimental piece, and have definitely challenged listeners around the world with it. Lyrically its dark and intense, and musically its different than anything you've ever heard. Ambient and electronic alt-rock meets tribal beats, reggae rhythms and even metal screams in one of the greatest albums of all time. 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 10, 2018
    8
    Most of my criticisms of this album are of the unnecessary filler instrumentals which have no point to them. Empty Spaces? Come on, that trackMost of my criticisms of this album are of the unnecessary filler instrumentals which have no point to them. Empty Spaces? Come on, that track may as well be called "20 seconds of filler". But the full length tracks are pretty consistently good. Tracks like Wretches & Kings, Blackout, The Catalyst and Waiting for the End show us why Linkin Park is such a great band 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 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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