A polished step into electronic music.
A Thousand Suns isn't perfect by any means, but it's definitely good for LP fans that are willing to accept change. It is just as, if not more polished than Hybrid Theory ever was. Burning in the Skies is a wistful, mourning way to open the album, and it definitely gets the picture of Linkin Park's more sincere side across. When They Come For Me is much different; agressive, fast-paced and serious, this song is perfect for those who thought Mike's rapping was lacking in Minutes to Midnight. Robot Boy is difficult for me to explain, however; you'd be best listening to it for yourself. Waiting For the End is another yearning-feeling song with rap sprinkled in, and Blackout is Chester Bennington at his most furious state.
However, it has issues. While the first half of Blackout is very thrilling and will get your blood pumping, the second half carries a much different tone, and while it isn't bad, doesn't fit well with the mood established at the beginning of the song. Linkin Park made almost no effort to transition the first half to the second, so it's one of the only instances in which ATS felt unpolished. And One may have done a simillar thing, but A. Its transition actually existed, and B. Mike's rapping at the end carried a similar rap rock atmosphere to the staggering yet intimidating first half of And One.
Luckily, Wretches and Kings doesn't suffer from a simillar issue to Blackout. Mike's aggressiveness from When They Come For Me returns in full force, and it transfers over to Chester's ferocious chorus. Iridescent is sincere and forgiving, and deserves to be one of ATS's headlining singles. The Catalyst is awesome; even if it can feel a bit lacking musically, it's still worth listening to. The Messenger is one of Linkin Park's most unique songs. It perfectly showcases just how amazing Chester Bennington's voice is, and while a bit sad, does NOT deserved to be skipped right after finishing The Catalyst.
A Thousand Suns is one of the most unique Linkin Park albums ever made. It retains Hybrid Theory's serious nature while making many changes and polishing the album to a great extent. Even if it's not the rap-rock album that everyone's used to from Linkin Park, if you enjoy LP for their tone and meaning, this album is worthy of being in your collection.
Worst one I’ve listened to so far
Going through Linkin Park’s discography and I’ve got to say it’s been the worst album from them I’ve heard so far. The album has absolutely no consistency in ANY regard. Not sound. Not message. Not structure. The only thing that is consistent is how bad most of the songs are.
The album has no idea what it wants to be, changing from a more hard rock feel in one song to a piano ballad in another to some electronic noise in the background as an interlude. The sound and feel is all over the place, and while some songs are decent (Blackout, Wretches and Kings, The Catalyst) the rest of the album falls completely flat in sound, message, and structure. It honestly feels like they felt the need to put out an album and so Mike made most of it using a laptop and a decent microphone. Also Chester gets to shine in some of the songs, which he does really well. That’s honestly the best thing this album has going for it.
Moving away from sound and onto the message of the album, it once again misses the mark. It seems to be a lot more political than any of their previous albums using snippets of political speeches, but then fails to deliver any sort of cohesive message (I don’t mind the band taking a political stance or making a statement, but they don’t seem to do anything outside of saying “this is political” and that really ruins the ability of the listener to interpret it in their own manner). The most coherent message it seems to send is “War is bad” but that’s not really anything new; and even then it’s not that coherent.
If Linkin Park really felt like they needed to put out an album, I would’ve just taken some of their most completed songs from their underground tracks and put that out. It would’ve made for a much better album and possibly introduced their existing fan base at the time to some new songs. 1.5 out of 5 for not being the worst album I’ve ever heard, but definitely able to crack my bottom 10.
Maybe I’m in the minority here
This might possibly be my favorite album of all time by LP. Absolutely love “Waiting for the end” and “Iridescent.”
A little yummy
By ParkingLot P.K.sexy
Worth listening to, but kind of lazy
The album is worth listening to for sure, and I would buy it in a hearbeat if I didn't have it, but it contains a lot of crap and redos of the same thing. A lot of lyrics are recycled from the third track, and there's a lot of tracks that aren't really songs, but more parts of a different song, which is great in small quantity, but not in the quantity that this provides. I reccomend this album for sure, but buy all of LINKIN PARK's other successes first, or just buy two or three songs off of this and call it a day. You can look at the popularity meters to determine what is a song and what's not. Two bars are non-songs, anything above is an actual song, just maybe not that popular.
This is a good album. I like it. The only songs I listened to in this album is waiting for the end and iridescent and they're both the best songs in this album.
Btw the song,”wretches and Kings” is explicit.
I love it!
I love it
By A butt squeezer
Like all the songs and catalyst is my favorite. God bless us eveyone
Thank you for being the voice of a generation. LP might not have been critically acclaimed, but they were beloved by tens of millions around the world. A Thousand Suns was their most dividing work when it came out. It marked a stylistic departure from previous releases, but this album is still their most special to me. Thank you for giving us so much wonderful music LP.