18 Songs, 59 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

The “hybrid theory” Linkin Park introduced back in 2000 has evolved. Songs like "The Catalyst" showcase something more majestic, less tied to hip-hop, and exponentially more symphonic. The components that make Linkin Park one of the new millennium's biggest rock bands — the piano-based heartbeat, the chainsaw-guitar roar, the synth and drum machine pyrotechnics, the Mike Shinoda and Chester Bennington throat-shredding interplay — are magnified on this album co-produced by Rick Rubin and Mike Shinoda.

Parental Advisory: Explicit Lyrics. Apple Digital Master

EDITORS’ NOTES

The “hybrid theory” Linkin Park introduced back in 2000 has evolved. Songs like "The Catalyst" showcase something more majestic, less tied to hip-hop, and exponentially more symphonic. The components that make Linkin Park one of the new millennium's biggest rock bands — the piano-based heartbeat, the chainsaw-guitar roar, the synth and drum machine pyrotechnics, the Mike Shinoda and Chester Bennington throat-shredding interplay — are magnified on this album co-produced by Rick Rubin and Mike Shinoda.

Parental Advisory: Explicit Lyrics. Mastered for iTunes
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Ratings and Reviews

4.4 out of 5
85 Ratings

85 Ratings

NightAlibi ,

A THOUSAND SUNS: Note from Linkin Park

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

Nerdy and proud ,

Amazing music by an amazing band

Some of the songs in this album were surprising. Surprising that mellow beautiful sounds came from Chester's screams and surprising that the band had taken such a turn for this album. Like the band said, they went out on a limb. Should they have? Did they do good? Yes and definitely yes. This album is perfection in its own sense. Every album they produce is more perfect than the last and this album didn't break that pattern. Buy it because it's amazing and enjoy it because it's Linkin Park no matter how different they sound.

Warman48 ,

A true review for a great album

People Exaggerate like "this is the worst album every made" "linkin park is dead now" don't take their reviews seriously as their reviews don't explain the songs, nor the feeling of emotion or tone of sound that the songs express. These songs play out great rhythms of rap beat pulses that emerge you in the music in some songs, while others can put a tear in your eye as they can relate to your life closer then you think. The album is perfect and so are the others. 5 stars for me 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

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