A Thousand Suns

Linkin Park - A Thousand Suns
Critic Score
Based on 9 reviews
2010 Ratings: #717 / 899
User Score
Based on 439 ratings
2010 Ratings: #165
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Linkin Park has certainly tinkered with its sound during the course of its previous three albums. But on its latest release, "A Thousand Suns," the six-piece rock act truly breaks the habit of everything we've heard from it before.
Entertainment Weekly

On A Thousand Suns at times the band’s odd mélange of industrial grind, hip-hop swagger, and teenage-wasteland angst feels jarring — but that should matter little to the kids who clamor for their headphone catharses.


This is Linkin Park's attempt at creating their own version of Dark Side of the Moon...and, shockingly, it works!

Consequence of Sound

A Thousand Suns might be a drastic shift in sound for LP, but the fans and the haters alike should be impressed. This is a solid record that hits the mark on nearly every possible level allotted it.


A Thousand Suns isn’t quite the return to the magic of debut album Hybrid Theory, as it has been billed in some quarters, but neither is it a straight re-enactment of the turgid attempt at a stadium-filler that was 2007’s Minutes to Midnight.

Linkin Park’s fourth studio album (and second collaboration with producer Rick Rubin) contains plenty of aggressively arty material that might surprise fans of the megapopular rap-rock outfit
Rolling Stone
It's the sound of Linkin Park feeling their way toward a new identity, but their skill for melody is obvious.

Continuing their slow crawl toward middle age, Linkin Park opt for moody over metallic on A Thousand Suns, their fifth album. A clear continuation of 2007’s Minutes to Midnight, A Thousand Suns also trades aggression for contemplation, burying the guitars under washes of chilly synthesizers.

Since this just hit a 70 user score I thought I'd share a few more thoughts about the album and the band as a whole as I don't plan on talking about em much here anymore.

The soundtrack to nuclear war, the themes of the album lyrically might not all be strictly about nuclear warfare but it captures the emotions we'd feel if a nuclear war actually started and the end of humanity was upon us, there's lots of regret (Burning In The Skies) , fear (Robot Boy), anger (WTCFM, Blackout and Wretches ... read more
Why the fuck does this album cover look like Greg Heffley entering the cum dimension?
What a surprise, that Linkin Park's greatest offering be one teetering on the edge of disaster.

Comparsions to Kid-A and The Dark Side of the Moon while lazy, drive home the point, this is an album that bends and combines every genre that Linkin Park had and would use into a single fluid album and fuck this album is smooth each song truly melts into the next, any keen un-biased listener can only admire the amount of musical elements contained and mastered here upon this album.

For all its ... read more
There's a thousand things (pun intended) I love about this album, but I'll focus one particular thing to keep this short. The repetition of the lyrics "lift me up, let me go", and its thematic adaptation into lyrics such as "I'm holding on to what I haven't got", and "remember all the sadness and frustration, and let it go", are chilling ways to reflect on the fragility of life. I wish more concept albums had this kind of deep thematic and artistic consistency.
This album is a pearl in Linkin Park's career. Not only the longuest album they made, but also written as an only song cut in chapters.
Here we have classic songs (Burning in the Skies, When They Come for Me, Robot Boy, Waiting for the End, Blackout, Iridescent, The Catalyst and The Messenger) which could have been in other albums, but put together with brilliant interludes (The Requiem, The Radiance, Empty Spaces, Jornada del Muerto, Wisdom Justice and Love, and Fallout) that give this record ... read more
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Track List

  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

Year End Lists

#45/Consequence of Sound
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