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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.
Co-produced by Rick Rubin and Mike Shinoda.
Also available as a Special Edition CD+DVD which includes a 'making of the album' documentary & 'The Catalyst' music video.
Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
This album had to grow on me, partly because there is a serious message here which needs to be examined by those who listen to it. Each song by itself has a very simple meaning, but when put together, there are many hints about war of the past and present, where we might be headed as people, and there is a personal significance to some of the songs, like "Iridescent". If you know anything about World War II and Mike Shinoda's family, then, you can understand the vibe of this song.
The mixing, the instruments used, and the vocals are perfectly laid out, and compliment each song very well. Songs like Burning in the Skies and Waiting for the End are not hot radio tracks, they are above and beyond typical music. They have brought the art back to music, to put it simply. There are some songs that I like more than others, but that is partly due to my musical preference. Most fellow fans I have spoken to, prefer the songs that I am less impressed with. The album might seem a bit strange to some listeners, because it has a 1960's feel to it in some places, while being very "now".Read more ›
A THOUSAND SUNS is the sequel to Minutes to Midnight, but it's a step in a different direction. That direction being Raggee. Yes, you read me correctly: RAGGEE; the genre is noticeable in WHEN THEY COME FOR ME, WAITING FOR THE END, and WRETCHES AND KINGS. Hip Hop also returns (unlike in Minutes to Midnight) and is very dominant in the album. Mike is perhaps present just as much as Chester (if not more). The album is a lot more balanced than Minutes to Midnight.
Now, here's the thing. I hated Linkin Park when they came out. Why? Because they were popular, and other people seemed to love them. So, I had to rebel. I listened to Reanimation and I was hooked like a druggy on meth.Read more ›
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I just discovered this Gem. Like many alive at the time, I enjoyed the group's first album a lot, as well as the second, but lost track of what they were doing beyond that. Read morePublished 5 hours ago by electrospin
As the next step in its evolution, Linkin Park took a big step on "A Thousand Suns" but unfortunately missed the mark. Read morePublished 9 days ago by Oscar Wilde
Great album. A bit different from earlier Link Park work, but definitely great stuff.Published 1 month ago by James A Swanson
Sometimes changes are good. But this is a very big change and very big changes are just bad. Of course I know that if you are very good at something but you are bored of it and you... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Michalis
The tracks that are actual songs are amazing! There is a lot of interludes that I feel are unnecessary.Published 6 months ago by DJ