Linkin Park - A Thousand Suns Album Review

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 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.

Album Information

Released September 10, 2010
Recorded 2008–2010
Genre Alternative rock
Length 47:56
Label Warner Bros.
Producer Rick Rubin, Mike Shinoda

40 Responses to “Linkin Park - A Thousand Suns Album Review”

  1. reaper Says:

    this album blows

  2. Danny Says:

    Its Listenable but for Linkin Park standards its sh!t

  3. steve d Says:

    wheres all the music?……i feel ripped off

  4. Amit2Rock Says:

    Only 2,3 songs are good. Other are suck. .

  5. Worldmarket Says:

    Minute to Midnight, Thousand Suns Linkin park taking wrong turn. I really don’t give a fck what Linkin park trying to say or to mention on this album but I just want old linkin park sound. The band should stick to ” Original” sound. Stop with this Mickey Mouse experiment bullshit.

  6. Victoria P Says:

    This is the worst cd I have ever listened too!! I love linkin park or at least I did till I listened to this crap! There are very few lines in the few songs that are actually on the cd.

  7. steve mac Says:

    This is an original brilliant album.Linkin Park have not stiid still they move on and try different stuff,,,Blackout is superb,so stop moaning Victoria P give a good listen and let the sound wash over you(best in the car at full blast)

  8. Sam Says:

    I’m glad I’m not the only LP fan who thought this album was absolute shit. Wheres the actual music?!!! Call me a hater or a traitor but that’s 100mb on my iPhone better occupied by the Spice Girls

  9. DF Says:

    I think this album is amazing. Maybe you haters like fun music. I for one like good music.

  10. PTH Says:

    It’s an edgier Postal Service.

    I expected more from LP after their first 2 releases.

    For the people raving about their new creativity: this is a different sound for them, it is NOT a different sound.

  11. EG Says:

    I think this album is not that great. What I think will earn LP their fans back is to do a reanimation for Meteora. Meteora is already loved by millions of fans and will make an excellent come back for LP.

  12. Nimily Says:

    I think the LP fans who don’t like this album are just people who are afraid of change. I, for one, have always been a LP fan and love how their music keeps undergoing style changes- it keeps it fresh and shows that they aren’t afraid of exploring their style. This CD is beautiful and absolutely love it.

  13. 13. Says:

    Well, I never was a big LP fan but this album ,in my opinion, is the best piece of music that they ever made. Their new songs atleast have some kind of meaning .

  14. r4ge Says:

    Linkin Park has just lost another fan…

  15. Samantha Says:

    I never liked Linkin Park..but when i heard few songs from this album..they r now one of my favorites…i loved their theme particularly..their songs have a really deep meaning…n i cd feel it through their music…

  16. LPfan forever Says:

    A Thousand Suns = Original, Brand New Sound, Awesome Lyrics and Epic album!

  17. BODrules Says:

    I really think it’s excellent! Those who say its bad… need to listen to it more because I agree I was slightly disappointed when I first heard it but it is NOT easy listening so just perceiver!
    The best tracks are - Burning in the skies, When they come for me, Robot boy, waiting for the End, Blackout, wreths & Kings and The Catalyst! LP you rock!!!!!!

  18. Cassandra Says:

    I have been a Linkin Park fan since their first album and they’ve always focused on change, experimenting & an “industrial” theme undertone. I absolutely love this new album! It’s haunting, has feeling, & is full of depth in the lyrics & music style. This is another one of the best albums made by any artist. Kudos LP!

  19. Shubham Says:

    ‘this is the worst cd i have ever listened to’-Victoria P.
    What i would like 2 ask 2 a douchebag such as u that how many albums have u actually listened in ur whole life other than raving ab2t the shit music nickelback comes up with?u have no credibility and need 2 shut up!
    That being said i think it’s a pretty awsum and epic album!

  20. Marcus Says:

    i think this album is different for LP i at first hated it but after hearing it 2 or 3 times it grew on me and i think its one of their best now. so if you hate it now, listen to it again and you might change your mind.

  21. phepho Says:

    this brand new album and sound has a quality….every album has its meaning…listen more and you will find out what its best from this album~

  22. bass purifier Says:

    i think it’s those guys from METALLICA influence em,,
    they did’nt collab with these metalicca’s shiet on their albums before such as meteora & hybrid theory which was a bit shiet!!
    it all starts to corrupting when they collab since minutes to midnite..

  23. Gman Says:

    Huge past LP fan. But have painfully tried to listen to this album a few times and it is just aweful compared to what LP has meant to me. Where the hell did the guitar go? Electronica is great if you are into that but true new age rock, which to me is what LP stood for is another spectrum away on this poorly collaborated effort. Minutes to Midnight was a new direction for them and had a brilliant mix and was a tremendous tribute to the Katrinna sufferors and the state of poor leadership in the USA at that time. We are moving into a new age and time that is exciting not depressing like this album. Where’s your Primal Urge guys???

  24. Ivan Says:

    Album wasn’t bad.I liked all the tripped out noises, they sound pretty awesome(and original like no other band I’ve heard of) BUT i wish they would bring back some of the old “rock” elements and keep all the new “techno” elements.Then and only then can i really say i love Linkin Park. Don’t lose hope in Linkin Park

  25. RICKY Says:

    Its a conceptual album , this shows the maturity and consideration about the world except getting money by artificial songs . I am proud to hear these songs. hats off to them ……….

  26. Richard Says:

    Well, first play thought what a load of s***! felt equally cheated, this was not Linkin Park! however this album has grown and grown on me i will rate this now as s*** hot lol. It may not bite your balls like the other albums straight away, quitely knaws away at them lol. excellent work

  27. Brian M Says:

    This album is rare in that you have to LISTEN to it seriously more than once before you can really GET it. After my first listen-through I was thinking “What the hell was that? Was it really worth it? It’s apocalyptic- I haven’t experienced anything like it. I’ll need to hear it again before I can made a decision as to whether or not it’s any good.” After my second listen-through (which I did in the quiet of the house’s otherwise empty basement) “This sounds nice. I think I might be starting to like it. It’s still unique.” I played it a third time in the car. I thought afterwards: “That was pretty nice. It’s strange, but it’s growing on me. Deep; I didn’t think that I’d like it this much at first. I’m starting to think that it was worth my money.” After I did my fourth listen-through, I thought “This is brilliant! This is both artistic and nice to listen too! I should have bought that months ago.”

    It’s an album you must LISTEN to more than once in order to properly comprehend it. I’ve been a fan of Linkin Park since I first herd In The End on a music video for Halo. Their first album I got was Their first album I got was Minutes to Midnight. I got Hybrid Theory next, then Meteora, and last week, A Thousand Suns. I love all of them, although I have to rank Meteora at the bottom of the barrel. It’s a good album, but I like the others more. My favorate is definitely Minutes to Midnight followed by A Thousand Suns, trailed closely by Hyrbid Theory. New LP, Old LP? I like it all!

  28. Adriana Says:

    So many people diss Linkin Park’s most recent album, “A Thousand Suns”.

    Alright people. Here’s the deal:

    Yes, it’s not what they usually produce. But since when has Linkin Park ever remained constant? They are a changing, evolving, experimental band. They grow. They should be admired for their talent in more than one category of music.

    This album is highly intellectual and political in nature. It is about nuclear warfare, and the war-ridden world we live in nowadays.

    You cannot rate an artist’s album based of every other album they have come out with.

    Not to mention, this album will attract new listeners.

    If your favourite band keeps writing and making the same kind of music that sounds the same, congratulations, they are great, but cannot evolve or expand. Tell me in ten years when Linkin Park is still around and others that remain stagnant are not.

    You must evolve to survive. That applies to every area of life, including music.

    Oh, one more thing. If you like their old stuff, and the sounds they had back then, KEEP LISTENING TO IT. No one is stopping you.

    Are you making millions of dollars for the music you make?

  29. Hazard Says:

    I love a thousand suns it the best I used to like metal but I dnt anymore it’s not that great this new genre that linkin park made is the best all you guys who are dissing them you should piss off you can’t do any better can you you probably can’t even play a instrument

  30. vanessa Says:

    I am a fan of linkin park since 10. i am now 13. My very first “real song” i heard was what I’ve done. Though i find the old linkin park sound nice. i think their new one are ok (: Meteora is still the best, but some songs are very very nice in thousand sun (:
    LP rox forever!!! but hope they put the old linkin park songs together with only a few of their new songs :)))

  31. AJ Says:

    i just dont give a damn 2 wat u guys think…linkin park is performing like an artist….many criticize an artist’s paintings…but only a few praise it cuz they understand it…
    LP is talking on human and social issues in their past 2 albums…keeping a perfect balance of music and a message….no one can ever defeat LP

  32. TheTruth Says:

    This is their best album so far. Don’t get me wrong, I love all their past work but honestly, these songs have so much more meaning. All you pussies that only like them for their screamos just have to move on, seriously, what the fuck do you expect? Don’t hate them just because you’d rather dwell in the past, love the music for the content not the style. Try listening to the entire album at once, no skips, just back to back, it’s a story. Let the music flow through you, it’s fucking beautiful.

    “You can close your eyes to the things you do not want to see, but you cannot close your heart to the things you do not want to feel.” LP

  33. The Messenger Says:

    This is probably linkin parks best album ever… many haters like jst head bang and shrieks but what i love linkin park for is for their pure music. i love the former albums too but this one is filld with art and music of meaning and expression.. its a fckin great album that represents the world along with LP and its all about pure apocalytica and the voice of holy art of rock music…… ill always worship linkin park and their efforts….. God bless all !!

  34. Starr Says:

    I’ve found that the more I listen to this album, the more I love it : D
    I hated it at first but now I really love it and at least LP has variety instead of just the same old stuff, no matter how awesome that old stuff may be. And I like how this album has a meaning, unlike most ish playin these days.


  35. kid Says:

    You guys hear the music, but u don’t listen, do you? This is a boss album!

  36. Shahab Says:

    U can live with this album. U just have to listen to it a couple of times to comprehend its artistic values.

  37. Milad.M.D Says:

    I suggest all of you guys to watch the madison square garden show it is an awesome show of the A thousand suns .If you watch it live ,you will get it really what they mean.They’ve changed. chester is not the only one to sing now.he even plays in this new show .I think It is a whole new experience and you have to feel it so that you understand it completely and correctly .

    No matter we are LP fans or not ,No matter you like this or not,they made us experience some thing new.

  38. Dillon Says:

    I’m still trying to get into it. Linkin Park is my favorite band, but i don’t like the new sound they went for. I understand that there trying to be unpredictable and keep it fresh, but i prefer old Linkin Park more.

  39. John Says:

    I’ve Listened it once it was absolute “SH!T”, I’ve Listened it for second time it was absolute “SH!T”, …,I’ve Listened it for 10th time it was still absolute “SH!T”. It’s not LP. It’s -at best- some electronic group with mildly nice lyrics. Experiment is not always good!! Changing is not always growing!!

  40. AmaterasuLP Says:

    This album was the first one i ever listened to. This album sparked my entire interest in Linkin Park. Haters, you suck! Linkin Park, YOU ROCK!

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