A Thousand Suns (2LP)
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'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 he 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.
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I wanted to hate this album as much as everyone else apparently does, but I just can't. Is it mellow? Compared to their freshman and sophomore release? Yes. Does it suck? Compared to their third release? No. Compared to their freshman and sophomore release? Sorry, but no. This may be their quietest release, but it's also their most creative. This is a concept album, despite its flaws, and the execution while amateur compared to the bands that invented the idea of a concept album (The Who, Pink Floyd, Kind Crimson) is admirable in an age where the more accessible the music, the happier we are as listeners. This is a more complicated album than most will give it credit for, but before you go back to jamming to the pop-tart top-40, try listening to this album all the way through with no distractions and no preconceptions. You may just like what you find.
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I will admit I haven't really followed LP that closely, and probably came 'late to the party' when they hit the popularity peaks with the Transformers soundtrax, but I just can't get enough of this 'album'.
The entire album is brilliantly compiled with lead in tracks that both build you up and provide a continuity throughout the whole list, a throw back to bands like Pink Floyd with their concept, progressive rock.
The tracks vary enormously, which just goes to highlight the bands musical ability and vision, as it all blends superbly.
Then, as if that isn't enough to keep you happy, you get a DVD thrown in too! Filmed in Madrid, the band perform many of the tracks from the album and some of their previous favourites.
This gets top marks from me. You won't need persuading if your an LP fan, but if you're not or you're not sure, give it a try. Trust me, it is fantastic.
Something about their music just sits right with me
A Thousand Suns is no exception - it flows wonderfully and tries new things .
Not everything can be like the first ....