- Audio CD (13 Sept. 2010)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: Import
- Label: WARNER BROS
- ASIN: B003V9J6QQ
- Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (158 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 12,752 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
A Thousand Suns Import
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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'.
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.
Top Customer 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.
Best songs on the album are: Iridescent. The Catalyst. Wisdom, Justice and Love. Blackout.
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.
I'm going to keep this review short and limited to a single point.
For me, 'A Thousand Suns' is a constant barrage of beautiful innovation in music, and I would say I listen to, and have a passion for, a very wide range of different material (from Air to Merzbow to Dimmu Borgir). But you know I love it already because you have seen the rating I gave it. Look at it this way: the fact that so many people have so many vastly differing opinions on this album must tell you that there is something possibly special, but at least unique occurring here. Surely, in the pursuit of artistic genius, this is worth a punt?
For me, there is magic going on within this album. You may not find it. But I urge you to try, for should you discover it, the reward will be a rich casket of beauty and inspiration which will last for years.
As a teenager, I loved Meteora and Hybrid Theory, and was disappointed to the core with the simply boring Minutes. A Thousand Suns is a spiritual successor to Minutes to Midnight, with the great exception of having songs that are interesting, layered and enjoyable.
Ignoring that this is an album from ex-angst-filled Linkin Park, this is a very enjoyable album. It might not be to all tastes, but if you forget the name of the band and simple enjoy the music, I think more people will find this album is for them.
Top tracks: Wretches and Kings, Blackout, When They Come For Me.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
If you want Hybrid Theory and Meteora, this isn't for you. If your favourite Linkin Park songs are the ones where Chester Bennington screams the most, this isn't for you. Read morePublished 2 months ago by R. Stewart
Bought as a present very quick delivery they are very happy as they are big fan of linking park.Published 9 months ago by bazz.
I got this cd as a present. I think the songs on it are great to listen to. Great album. The delivery was quick, would recommend.Published 11 months ago by Miss Susan Birrell
If you are an original LP fan, this won't be for you. Quality music as you would expect from the band but nothing like Hybrid Theory or Meteora days. I love it though.Published 19 months ago by Margaret Ette