A Thousand Suns By Linkin Park - Not your standard Linkin Park
Sep 12, 2010
In an effort to move even further away from original fans, Linkin Park have released (09/14/2010) A Thousand Suns. On first listen I was appalled by the huge difference between original Linkin Park (Hybrid Theory, Meteora) and this new creation. They're definitely pushing into the mainstream while trying to maintain some of their hard rock attributes. I think they're doing an ok job but I would still love to hear something similar to what they started with in a few songs. Too many of their songs now just sound like modern rock.
A couple of the songs though do stand out as something new and different. Burning in the Skies has a really cool beat to it and has a good flow. I don't listen to Linkin Park to hear chill, slow music. This falls into their slow category but is still solid. "When They Come For Me" is my favorite in the new album. Along with the coolest beat I've heard in a song in a long time, it's got all the emotion that made a lot of Linkin Park so easy to really get into. The whole theme of the song though is that they're too far ahead as a band for anyone to catch. Not sure Linkin Park. You'll need another really good album to keep any sort of momentum you had going.
Alright, first off I am not a music critic, so I don't know how to review a CD in technical terms. For that reason this will be short and sweet. I have been a huge fan of Linkin Park ever since they released Hybrid Theory. It was awesome and I couldn't stop listening to it. Then came Meteora and I was in heaven. Now, I am not however one of those "bandwagon" types. I didn't care that much for Minutes to Midnight, and I refuse to listen to Reanimation. … more
For months, we'd been destroying and rebuilding our band. The experiments that resulted filled the studio hard drive with diverse, abstract sounds. Amorphous echoes, cacophonous samples, and handmade staccato merged into wandering, elusive melody. Each track felt like a hallucination.
We didn't know if any of those unorthodox ideas could be incorporated into a traditional album, but we knew we didn't want our next album to be predictable. Sitting together in the same studio where we made our first album, all six of us voiced a commitment to going out on a limb, to making something truly daring. We asked ourselves: were we all earnestly willing, more than ever before, to abandon the precepts of commercial ambition in pursuit of what we believe to be honest art?
The inclination to begin writing conventional songs for a conventional album came and went. The temptation to adjust our creative vision to fulfill expectations beyond our studio walls yielded to the audacious ambition of what we hoped to achieve as a band. The two years of making 'A Thousand Suns' marked our exhilarating, surrealistic, and often challenging journey into the creative unknown.
On the eve of its completion, this body of work, assembled through unconscious inspiration and unmitigated exertion, has revealed to us notions both stirring and surprising. The album's personified imagery is neither dogma nor political ...