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A Thousand Suns

Linkin ParkAudio CD
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Although rooted in alternative metal, Linkin Park became one of the most successful acts of the 2000s by welcoming elements of hip-hop, modern rock, and atmospheric electronica into their music. The band's rise was indebted to the aggressive rap-rock movement made popular by the likes of Korn and Limp Bizkit, a movement that paired grunge's alienation with a bold, buzzing soundtrack. ... Read more in Amazon's Linkin Park Store

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  • Audio CD (September 14, 2010)
  • Original Release Date: 2010
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Warner Bros.
  • ASIN: B003V5PPZG
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (663 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #90,537 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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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Limited Edition CD+DVD includes a 'making of the album' documentary & 'The Catalyst' music video.

'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 premeditation. The emergent themes and metaphors illuminate a uniquely human story.

'A Thousand Suns' grapples with the personal cycle of pride, destruction, and regret. In life, like in dreams, this sequence is not always linear. And, sometimes, true remorse penetrates the devastating cycle. The hope, of course, springs from the notion that the possibility of change is born in our most harrowing moments.

Enjoy the music.

Linkin Park

Co-produced by Rick Rubin and Mike Shinoda.

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596 of 667 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Natural Extension of MtM September 14, 2010
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If you can believe it, this is the first review I've ever written for an album, despite being an amazon customer for years. Why? Because I'm just so damn disappointed in all the negative reviews of A Thousand Suns.

First of all, let me say that I'm not a lyrics person. What I take away from LP's music is a feeling, an emotion, and so far I gotta admit that I'm loving the feeling I get from this album. No, it is not like any of their previous works (though I think we all saw where they might be going as a band after MtM). No, it is not nearly as angry as Hybrid Theory. And no, it is not nearly as catchy as Meteora. So what the hell is it?

To me, it's a recovery album. This may be lost on some readers, but if i picture LP's albums as a man going through life, I see their early music as a very wounded and angry man. The catharsis in listening to those albums comes from realizing that not only does someone else out there hurt as much as you, someone out there may actually hurt even more. I revel in listening to those early CDs for that reason. When Reanimation came out, I saw a slightly more playful side to LP. The wounds were still there, but they were being examined now, looked at in an almost clinical, curious way. Minutes to Midnight disappointed me at first, I'll admit it. The wounded man was no longer angry, but I still was. It took me several looped listens to come to terms with the fact that he had moved on, and was beginning to let some of the old grudges go. It's not a tired album - far from it - but MtM does give one the sense that LP was getting tired of fighting all the time. That they were searching for solace.

A Thousand Suns, then, in my view, is Linkin Park's first glimpse of solace.
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114 of 130 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Dark Side of the Park September 24, 2010
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What do you do when you're a top-selling rap-rock act and your genre has long since expired? The answer is simple: Evolve. In 2007, Linkin Park did just that. With the release of their polarizing third album, "Minutes to Midnight," they brought an unmistakable pop-rock element to the table, downplaying both the rap and the rock elements that made them such a hit in the first place. While it performed well enough commercially, it alienated a good chunk of their fanbase, paving the way for a predictable "return to their roots" album. Unfortunately for that chunk of fans, the band's latest offering, "A Thousand Suns" is anything but predictable or reminiscent of the Linkin Park of yesteryear. And believe it or not, it's a good thing.

Trading in the undeniable hooks and chunky guitar riffs that populated their earlier albums for synthesizers and hip-hop beats, "A Thousand Suns" is certainly a tough cookie to swallow. While the tasty licks of guitar-God Brad Delson (sarcasm) will forever be missed, the band more than makes up for it in ample amounts of ambience. A semi-concept album, "A Thousand Suns" brings to mind a more angsty version of "Year Zero," with its themes of war and humanity. You may wonder if a band like Linkin Park is up to the task of making such a bold artistic statement, but surprisingly enough, they pull it off rather competently. With Rick Rubin once again serving as co-producer, the band gives the set a centralized theme and sound, even if the songs themselves wander down different paths.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Thousand Suns song-by-song analysis December 16, 2010
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I got hooked on Linkin Park about 5 or 6 years ago when I really started listening to music, and when I say hooked I mean hooked. I would not only listen to Hybrid Theory and Meteora non-stop, but I would listen to any unreleased song I could find. I was a die-hard fan. So naturally when I heard that they were going to put out Minutes to Midnight, I would look high and low for any glimpses of what the new material would be like. When the album finally dropped, I bought it, but was a bit let down. I expected the Mike Shinoda's raps over the rock beat with Chaz shredding the chorus with sing-scream lyrics. Instead, I got a few hard songs, and a bunch of soft ballad-esque songs. But the ballads grew on me, and Minutes to Midnight became one of my favorite CD's. So flash forward 3 years to the release of A Thousand Suns, I basically knew what to expect. The soft songs took some getting used to, but in the end they became favorites.

1 - The Requiem - Leadoff song with an apocalyptic feel. The distorted refrain from The Catalyst adds a chilling perspective to it. Overall a good way to start the album off.

2 - The Radiance - More of a driving beat, with an excerpt from the speech from Mr. Opphenmeier talking about the atomic bomb and relating it to the Bhagavad Gita (a text I just finished for one of my college courses). Not anything really special, just a filler

3 - Burning In The Skies - Really soft electro song with Mike singing the verses and Chester singing the chourus. Beat is made up of electronic drum and a toned down electric guitar and piano. Bridge of the song has some pick-up of the guitar to give it more of a driving beat

4 - Empty Spaces - Think Civil War. Sounds pretty cool.
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I already owned this album so this purchase was a gift for a nephew who is a huge LP fan
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1.0 out of 5 stars This album is why I will never buy a CD on impulse ever again
I am a so-so fan of Linkin Park and I love how so many of their songs have that "rage" flavor to them, so I was in Wal-Mart the other day and was perusing the music... Read more
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Aside from two songs off this album, I thought it was garbage. It's filled with short, weak instrumentals that act as nothing but a filler to make it seem like you are getting more... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Michael H
5.0 out of 5 stars Never a disappointment
I have loved everything from them. Their style can change but I still enjoy it. Just like any other band, some songs I can listen to over and over, some I have to be in the mood... Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars A thousand suns
This album is amazing, and arrived accordingly. Couldn't ask for anything more. Linkin park is perfect! Such a great album!
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New Linkin Park Sucks
I am not a Linkin Park fan by any means, but I liked HT and Meteora; M2M wasn't great, and in fact I hated it to be quite honest. After hearing The Catalyst a few times I was very intrigued to hear the new album. You had the feeling that this would be a concept record and it's definitely a... Read More
Sep 13, 2010 by Shaun Blake |  See all 50 posts
I've listened to this album around 6-7 times all the way through and I don't like it. I'm all for change, but I think that they should have built on what they created with M2M. As of right now, Linkin Park can't honestly call themselves a rock band anymore. No, don't say they are, because... Read More
Sep 10, 2010 by C. Mendoza |  See all 28 posts
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Hopefully they will get back to when they were great, Meteora and Hybrid Theory days. There were plently of good songs on Minutes To Midnight but some of it was awful (namely the 2nd half). Hopefully this album will be far better.
Aug 19, 2010 by PlanetHell |  See all 15 posts
This album is a $15 frisbee
LOL! $15 Frisbee is UNREAL!!!!

Eric, ahh... so you're one of those who throw around the world "evolve" when an artist makes a terrible, far-out album, huh? I've heard it before, having been around the music industry for 14 years now. Seems like you always get weirdos who like ANY... Read More
Jun 2, 2011 by Mark T. Brody |  See all 4 posts
MUCH Better than M2M
Agreed my friend!
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