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  • Audio CD (13 Sept. 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: WARNER BROS
  • ASIN: B003V9J6QQ
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (149 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,311 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Fourth studio album by the American alternative rock band. The album reach #2 in the UK Albums Chart and features the singles 'The Catalyst' and 'Waiting for the End'.

BBC Review

It shouldn’t really be a surprise, but it’s still a shock to the system, exploding expectations like broken billiard balls. Minutes to Midnight, Linkin Park’s third album, made clear the California sextet’s move from nu-metal dynamics to something softer and more mainstream-friendly (not that they were struggling to shift records – 2000 debut Hybrid Theory has sold over 24 million copies). But if that was the sound of a band embracing their classic rock side, A Thousand Suns is, at its zenith/nadir (delete according to taste), Celine Dion Goes Mall Rock.

This album’s closer, The Messenger, is the wettest song to ever fill the raspy throat of flaming-armed frontman Chester Bennington. It’s on a level with Avril Lavigne’s I’m With You, or Christina Aguilera’s Beautiful, only hollered hoarsely rather than pitched painfully high. Similarly wet about their edges are Iridescent – an exercise in Gallaghers-level rhyming – and Burning in the Skies.

However, it should be noted that Linkin Park were not intending to make an album when they set about recording these less-than-impressive efforts. They were playing with ideas, breaking down concepts that’d served them well previously, trying to find something fresh. 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.

The aforementioned blips on this critic’s radar can’t obscure some perplexingly compelling material elsewhere. When They Come for Me lays its intent on the line with its first words: "I am not a pattern to be followed". The track’s jungle percussion and backing chants give it a tribal feel, and if the lead vocals – rapped, badly – were just a touch peppier there’s no doubt it’d be a magic moment of their catalogue to date. Blackout is a lot of fun, Bennington ranting potty-mouthed across an electro-tinged arrangement that isn’t so many stylistic miles away from the crunchy beats served up by Pendulum, albeit slowed and scratched into a dizzy spin. The Catalyst is the closest A Thousand Suns comes to the Linkin Park sound of old, and is among this collection’s most immediate offerings. It’s no surprise it’s been well received at radio, plucked from its parent LP as the first commercial single.

But the penultimate track here really shouldn’t be a sign of things to come, simply an echo of the past. If Linkin Park take the best moments of this haphazard set as jumping-off points for what happens next, they might just strike upon a new formula every bit as successful as the one that flogged their debut so brilliantly.

Customer Reviews

3.7 out of 5 stars

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38 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Music Fan on 15 Sept. 2010
Format: Audio CD
Having received and listened to my copy of a thousand suns prior to reading any of the reviews.
i was not suprised,to then read the rather mixed comments it received.
However ignoring the fact that it was Linkin Park,and just listening to the tracks,i found i liked more than i disliked .
I really liked.... when they come for me...wretches and kings,and... the catalyst.
mainly due to the fact that they were not typical Linkin Park tracks.
I strongly believe music should be bought because you like it not simply because its the latest release of a particular band.
And there are definately more tracks on this cd that i like than dislike.
I think the reason for the mixed reviews are best summed up by the band in the lyrics of when they come for me.

"EVERYONE WANTS THE NEXT THING TO BE JUST LIKE THE FIRST."

well its not
So If you you only like old Linkin Park stuff then don`t buy this cd,save your money and play all your old Linkin Park cd`s.
But if you like diffrent types of music give it a listen.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By S. Mcgowan on 12 Dec. 2010
Format: Audio CD
A Thousand Suns is an awesome album,I have been playing most of the time since it first came out,as I commute to and from work,it's better the listening to the radio and the looped playlists.
I love Blackout(something they did not perform on tour for some reason?).
The album needs playing loud and the car is the prfect place.
I cannot understand the people that hate this album,it is different and the group are developing not just standing still,so Hybrid Theory is a brilliant album from the groups past and this latest album must be taken as a fine example of how a group can develope.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By ama on 15 Oct. 2010
Format: Audio CD
This is the second album I've bought of Linkin Park's music. When I'm not at home listening to it, I'm on my way home thinking about listening to it, wondering why Linkin Park don't get more airwave time on the radio! It has a great mix and each track has its own unique sound, unlike some albums where you get one or two good tracks and then the rest sounds all the same. There's some really lively stuff on there like Wretches and Kings and Blackout but I love The Requiem, Waiting for The End (which is an absolute favourite) and Iridescent (which is a wonderful, mellow track). Of course I'm usually in bed dozing off to sleep to The Messenger, which is a great final track.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By N. A. Davies on 28 Sept. 2010
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
You have to hand it to these guys, make a million (or many more) churning out the same formulaic rap rock. Sure it was good, but did we really need to hear the same style album again and again? They were in danger of becoming like Oasis or Status Quo - same album - different cover. If you're are in it for the money thats fine, but Linkin Park are at least attempting to fight against the machine they created, and for that they should be congratulated.

Sure, in places the stick to form with some convincing raps, but gone is the type of song they probably wrote in their sleep, you know, rap verse, sweetly sung chorus, a few riffs to underpin it and there you go, another million in the bank. Instead we have mood enhancing keyboard sweeps, dialogue, and more challenging rythms (do I hear Tribal drums in there?) In places its almost prog-rap, if there is such a genre.

I can understand how this was puzzled/angered/dismayed their loyal fanbase who wanted another 'In the End' or 'Numb' but the band are fighting against becoming an almost parody of themselves.

Inventive, sometimes challenging, sometimes filler but sometimes rivetting this album may be looked back at with real reverence - a real turning point in theie career.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Wannabe Hendrix on 13 Oct. 2010
Format: Audio CD
I dont understand all the negativity surrouunding this album, Its Brilliant. Granted it doesnt have the raw power of hybrid theory or meteora but it shows how the bands has evolved over the years.
Variety is needed to stay interesting, if every album LP release was a carbon copy of Hybrid theory then they would be labelled as a one trick pony. Instead each album has a distinctly different style, i own all four and can honstly say i think they are all great.
As for calling chesters vocals,'Wet' on tracks like the messenger, i would call them 'tender'. The tracks on this album have more emotion than previous albums, showing how the band have grown as songwriters.
Personal faves are ' Waiting for the end'' 'Iredescent' and 'The catalyst'.
Overall id give this a thumbs up !.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. Dunning on 24 Oct. 2010
Format: Audio CD
I've only read a few reviews so far in regards to this album and have found really mixed opinions - some people dislike it because it is so unlike the previous albums and some think it's okay.

When I actually sat down and listened to the album, my first thought was: 'What?' I thought, whoa this is different, strange and completely nuts. My first instinct was that it wasn't a Linkin Park album - that it had been mislabled or something.

However, when I paid closer attention I managed to discern through the new additions (i.e. experimentations) undertones from the previous albums. For example, in 'When They Come For Me' I noticed aspects from their album 'Hybrid Theory' while 'Iridescent' wouldn't be out of place in 'Minutes to Midnight'.

Saying that, the overall feel of the album is rather choppy with an amalgamation of contrasting tones, styles and technical effects that don't seem to fit together. I mean, in some songs there is rock mixed with reggae, tribal and techno tributes while in others there is a melody mixed with a robotic voice. At first, I didn't like it - it just came across as noise - but listening again, I caught myself bobbing my head with a silly grin on my face whenever the style changed to an obviously opposite tempo.

Overall, I really enjoyed it despite the insanity. To be honest, when it comes to music - particularly in Britain - music lovers have gotten bored with conventional songs. We've started to fall in love with artists who are unique and break all the rules and I don't think I've ever listened to an album that's broken more rules in 45 minutes.
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