A Thousand Suns is the fourth studio album by American rock band Linkin Park. It was released on September 14, 2010 in the United States through Warner Bros. Records.
Linkin Park, who’s trademark sound of mixing Chester Bennington’s emotive raspy vocals with Mike Shinoda’s rapping style to a backdrop of distorted guitar and electronic lines has won them millions of fans globally. The album was co-produced by Shinoda and Rick Rubin (Beastie Boys, Metallica), who previously worked together to produce “Minutes to Midnight” (2007).
“A Thousand Suns” is a concept album, dealing with nuclear warfare. The album’s title comes from a quote made famous by J. Robert Oppenheimer, referring to the Hindu scripture, “If the radiance of a thousand suns were to burst at once into the sky, that would be like the splendor of the mighty one.”, in reference to the atom bomb.
This is a more mature, seasoned LP, thirsting for new life in a post nu-metal world, and, since “Minutes to Midnight” proposed a changing of the musical guard, then this could be considered their first conquest into a brave new world.
Even if you are not a Linkin Park fan you must listen to this album as there is something for everyone here.
Linkin Park - A Thousand Suns Album Cover
Linkin Park - A Thousand Suns Track Listing
1. “The Requiem” 2:01
2. “The Radiance” 0:57
3. “Burning in the Skies” 4:13
4. “Empty Spaces” 0:18
5. “When They Come for Me” 4:53
6. “Robot Boy” 4:29
7. “Jornada del Muerto” 1:34
8. “Waiting for the End” 3:51
9. “Blackout” 4:39
10. “Wretches and Kings” 4:10
11. “Wisdom, Justice, and Love” (Linkin Park, Martin Luther King, Jr.) 1:38
12. “Iridescent” 4:56
13. “Fallout” 1:23
14. “The Catalyst” 5:39
15. “The Messenger” 3:01
iTunes Edition bonus tracks
16. “The Catalyst” (music video, iTunes Deluxe Edition only) 4:42
17. “Blackbirds” (from the 8-Bit Rebellion! App) 3:21
Special Edition bonus DVD
“Meeting of A Thousand Suns” (making of the album documentary) 29:46
The DVD shows the making of the album and the album booklet contains excellent artwork and lyrics.
The lead single for the album, “The Catalyst“, was released to radio and digital music retailers on August 2, 2010. The music video for “The Catalyst”, directed by band member Joseph Hahn, premiered on August 26, 2010. The band performed the single live for the first time at the 2010 MTV Video Music Awards on September 12, 2010.
On September 2, 2010, Linkin Park released another track from the upcoming album entitled “Wretches and Kings” to those who had pre-ordered the album. Shinoda stated the song pays homage to Chuck D and Public Enemy, who inspired the record to be “three-dimensional”. The song features a sample of Mario Savio’s “Bodies upon the gears” speech.
There are a lot of filler songs but they flow from song to song without it sounding awkward. We can argue all day long if a band still sounds like the same boring stuff or if they are trying something totally new and they aren’t like the “Linkin Park” of the past all day long and not get anywhere.
Linkin Park is one of those bands that has evolved, never been forgotten and continues to make their mark on the world. In 2000 “Hybrid Theory” defined a decade, 2010 brings us “A Thousand Suns” - listen to it and you will realize it once again defines a decade.
Overall it’s just a good album, it’s strong, lyrically, musically, props to LP, they kept it interesting.
Released September 10, 2010
Genre Alternative rock
Label Warner Bros.
Producer Rick Rubin, Mike Shinoda