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. With that in mind, I was really skeptical of A Thousand Suns. A friend of mine gave me a preview though and I was instantly hooked. You will hear people say that it is a big step forward in LP's creative evolution, and I couldn't agree more. As with Hybrid Theory and Meteora, I can't stop listening to this one. I have all three CDs on my playlist on my computer, and I can literally let it play for hours. LP continues with their unique style in this one, but on a whole new level. As an added bonus, the songs are longer than in the previous titles, and every one of them is very dark and moody to top it off.
A lot of people complain about A Thousand Suns too, and to be honest I can't figure out why, at least when it comes to the ones that claim they've "been there since the beginning." I think it must be tough to be in Linkin Park's position because the fans have such high expectations. And really, I can't imagine how they will top this one.
Now if they'd just come back to Indy I'd be so happy to hear these songs live.
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 … more
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About this album
'A Thousand Suns'
We were not making an album.
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 ...