“A Thousand Suns” Album Review: Shocking

September 12, 2010

Linkin Park album reviews aren’t something I spend a lot of time on.  Years of work have gone into our last two albums, and seeing a writer attempt to sum that album up in a couple paragraphs can be pretty brutal.  Especially when you’re Linkin Park; reviewers save their glowing pieces for fresh breakout stars and indie bands–it keeps their magazine credible and current.

Somehow, A Thousand Suns has inspired some writers to go against the norm, and write some really thoughtful and complimentary pieces.  Jordy Kasko on ReviewRinseRepeat wrote the following:

“It’s funny how the music business works. Release an amazing debut album, and it is generally recognized as such by critics and laymen, helps to set a new genre standard, is replayed for years, and assists the band in building a huge fanbase. After that is when things get weird. If the band in question decides not to vary their formula, makes mediocre music that retains many of the elements of their original material, and plays it safe, their fans stick by them and the critics aren’t too harsh (see: the response to my review of the new Goo Goo Dolls album). However, if the band realizes that to make a real, long-lasting impact on the world they must be fluid, maturing with every album, changing their sound, exploring new territory, they are vilified by former “fans” and critics alike. They are disparaged all over the internet, ignored and/or disemboweled by elitist music listeners, and their efforts at making cutting-edge, mature, different music are mocked, whether or not the mockery is justified. And in many cases, it isn’t.

Linkin Park is a perfect example of this phenomenon. Though they’ve certainly never been darlings of the critics, their 2000 debut Hybrid Theory kicked off the decade with an enormous statement: nu-metal can generate good music. Rap and rock don’t have to battle – they can be melded together if you have a good, hot blowtorch. 2003’s Meteora laughed in the face of the “sophomore slump,” stating strongly that loud modern rock music could be good, and establishing Linkin Park as one of the most important and biggest bands of the decade.

At this point, Bennington, Shinoda, and Co. could have released rap/rock/metal albums until the end of time and slowly faded into oblivion as just another ultra-popular radio rock band. But no. They refused to do that. They grew up, lyrically and musically, taking 4 years to put together 2007’s Minutes to Midnight. And then the funny part of the music business hit them like a battering ram. Rather than rejoicing, countless ignorant people ignored the band’s gorgeous political lyrics (“Hands Held High,” “No More Sorrow”), epic explorations of the sonic landscape (“The Little Things Give You Away”), slightly experimental wanderings (the chorus- less “Valentine’s Day,” the crescendo of “In Pieces”), and catchy-as-fuck recollections of their younger selves (“Given Up,” “Bleed It Out”). Perhaps these people didn’t mature like Linkin Park did, and remained stuck in their teenage angst or masculine anger. Perhaps they wanted fun music, rather than good music. Perhaps they made assumptions or established expectations rather than opening their minds to a new sound. Whatever the case, Minutes to Midnight was vastly underappreciated, seeing as it was one of the best rock albums of the 00’s.

The truth is, Linkin Park were a great hard rock band. If you were a teenager, young adult, or simply in touch with your emotions in the early 00’s, they spoke directly to you. But they are no longer that band. Instead, they have matured, experimented, and changed. They have decided that 2.5 albums about anger, alienation, and angst were enough. They have moved on to what really matters in this world – poverty, war, accountability, life, death, inequality…and that’s where 2010’s A Thousand Suns, Linkin Park’s fourth full-length, comes in.

Firstly (yes, I know it’d odd to finally begin talking about the album itself this far into a review), Linkin Park have an obsession with the apocalyptic. Minutes to Midnight’s title itself was a reference to the “Doomsday Clock,” an invention of scientists that attempts to predict when nuclear catastrophe will eliminate us all. The album, however, only partially lived up to its title, and that void is filled by A Thousand Suns. It is a concept album about nuclear warfare; and god almighty, it is enormously apocalyptic, both musically and lyrically. There has never been, and probably never will be, an album that quite as accurately represents the (potential) destruction of earth by humanity and science…”

MS NOTE: There’s more to this piece.  Read the rest of Jordy’s five-star review, and see why he called A Thousand Suns “one of the best rock albums ever”:

http://www.reviewrinserepeat.com/artist/linkin-park/album/a-thousand-suns/review

mike

107 Comments

  1. bukanadmin on October 4, 2011 at 8:37 pm

    i love the album
    love the song
    but im scared about the “eye” things..
    u know what I mean..
    the latest 2 album does scared me bout this.
    Is is true that you guys are one of “them”?

  2. lpgal9000 on September 21, 2010 at 2:07 pm

    I think this album is great and I appreciate how hard you guys worked on it. I love the meaning behind this album and I applaud you for making it. Please do not take the harsh words from formers fans personally for it is your true fans, like me, who have come to love who you guys are and what you produce. Keep on rocking Linkin Park! Love you always!!

  3. kanti22 on September 20, 2010 at 1:31 am

    Dear Mike. I’m sorry for my english. I want to say is that A Thousand Suns for me is a prophetic album. Only you guys have that gift, too see all terryfying things that war and people can do to the world through your mind, write and sing about it. Your’e gifted. There’s no doubt about it. Im happy, that You choose that direction. It’s normal, that some people can’t understand that, and they will say lots of negative words about this album. But for me it isn’t collection of songs, or even album. It’s a warming of the coming disaster and advice on how to avoid it. Sadly, many people don’t notice it. Thank’s to God, that He give’s us You :)

  4. thegluelpfan on September 18, 2010 at 5:09 am

    I think that is my favorite review of all that I’ve read.I can’t stress enough on how glad I am that you’re evolving and trying new things…you’re not stuck at this one creative place where everything sounds the same and it’s all about commercial success.You’re actually moving on and the people getting mad at the changes have simply not grown enough to realize that…to realize that you’re making music for the sake of music and not for the sake of sales.I might not have that much free time lately but I always will find time to go online and look at what you guys are doing and try to help out.You’ve created an amazing album and you’re already changed music history.

  5. vonzine on September 16, 2010 at 4:53 pm

    You have to be open-minded! Its natural if some people dont like the new linkin park material! It’s not that big of a deal if others continue to show support! Please respect the position of each person, blaming each other is not going to influence the choice of the band! They chose this path! either you follow them or cease being a fan!… Now I really hope they make an Opera album!

  6. kbsullivanmusic on September 15, 2010 at 8:37 pm

    Mike & LP I just finished watching “Meeting of ‘A Thousand Suns'”. An interesting concept…before I continue I want to mention that this review seemed fitting for my comment. I’m also going to feature the album ‘A Thousand Suns’ on Muzak Corner. I think this album has pushed you guys and my mind set as a musician and an artist farther. I could never imagine the idea of music away from alternative rock like ‘Hybrid Theory’. I haven’t even made an album yet, but I hope to with my band The Art of One. I hope we live the dream of making music. Also I’m a graphic artist & made my bands’ logo. I’m working on a graphic novel too. I want to say thank you for inspiring me!

  7. evemelanis on September 15, 2010 at 1:40 pm

    Hi, Mike! Thank you for the new album!!!
    “Wretches And Kings” is that in my heart now. The new album reflects my feelings… It’s amazing!
    P.S. Come to Moscow, please! We miss you!

  8. EndOfTheIlluminati on September 15, 2010 at 7:46 am

    Cogratulations Bro!
    Linkin Park Is My Generation And I Hope For The Other Generation Too!
    That’s Why They Work So Hard!

  9. faris255 on September 15, 2010 at 7:40 am

    dude mike check this out:

  10. etude4 on September 15, 2010 at 5:20 am

    A Thousand Suns, it is very interesting album to listen to.
    I will follow you guys even though you’ll change your style drastically.

  11. lpmac11 on September 15, 2010 at 3:44 am

    Ohhh….man …hats off to Mike,Chester and Mr.Hahn
    coz they goes so hard on this A Thousand Suns….. WHAT AN ALBUM??? OUTSTANDING,AWESOME,MIND BLOWING…. The music and beats are f**kin crazy….the genre is fantastic.
    LP is best band of world..i m on also twitter @linkinparkmac11
    OK Bye Mike

  12. armstrongx on September 14, 2010 at 5:36 pm

    hats off mike, chester, the entire LP band and the people involved in making this album! this is one rocking album! the words are real, no fake emotions, no fictional love, it’s about the fact, the reality.. about what matters! rock on LP!

  13. jmosart on September 14, 2010 at 3:46 pm

    hi Mike,1st cong. on the new album,i know u guys worked hard 4 a long time on it.i dont like 2 say that I’m disappointed to c the outcome of all this work but the fact is i am.no 1 asks u guys go back & b something u were in the past and no 1 questions ur abilities & skills in making magnificent music.but developing and trying new stuff doesn’t mean 4 LP to lose their touch.i along with a lot of ur fans dont think hearing u rap & chaz rock would make ur music fadeout & not b especial,im surprised at ‘qwerty’ & ‘blackbirds’ cause they sound like LP and both songs lifted my expectations v high 4 the albums that followed.

  14. atomicphotos on September 14, 2010 at 3:27 pm

    Unfortunately, this generation has forgotten to approach art. We need to remember that there was a purpose to the creation of this, and every other piece of art.
    I have listened to every album over and over again since they came out with an open mind. And now with the release of A Thousand Suns on my birthday, I listen to it and am proud to say that just like myself, Linkin Park has matured and evolved. I tip my hat to you gentlemen for truly creating art. Art that will last. The masses just need to learn to evolve, too.
    And at the end of the day, with our minds clear, forgetting everything else, surrounded by the world, we have to think to ourselves, what does “A Thousand Suns” mean?

  15. futuretechn1ic on September 14, 2010 at 1:31 pm

    Dear Mike,

    I pre-ordered the ATS album and I’m already listening to it for 3 days over and over again. The music and lyrics in this album are almost the best that LP ever did. Even the style of ATS is different I can feel that there was a lot of energy put in this album. This fact alone should make your fans respect your efforts. A true LP admirer won’t write comments like “I won’t listen to your new music ever again”, “you WERE my favourite band until ATS” or “this sucks compared to Hybrid theory”.
    In other words, the album is REALLY GOOD, keep up the great work and f all the haters. Peace.
    P.S. can’t wait for the “meeting of a thousand suns”

  16. riachen on September 14, 2010 at 10:29 am

    hey guys,

    i think that this album is a very good one, but you had better ones o think. it´s too quiet for me…where is the rock?! i hope you will mix up your old style with your new one. i think that would be give a good result. but all in all i like your musik of today and of the last years. i am looking for the 20th october in berlin when you give your concert. i waited for 10 years to see you live and i hope that it will be one of the best days in my life. you´re the best band ever. love ya all guys! see you in berlin!

  17. everyoneissleeping on September 14, 2010 at 9:44 am

    I LOVE this album. Congratulations to you, guys, you did an AMAZING job!!!

  18. anishinoda on September 14, 2010 at 8:46 am

    Amazing album, of course….but….the rock? hello? is pop…….i don’t like nothing this album, i love LP forever but not for this……sorry guys, always be with you, but this is so diferent for me.

  19. Xenith on September 14, 2010 at 8:23 am

    I truly believe that the reason behind so many people disliking the new LP sound is down to the fact that again Rick Rubin helped to produce it. This is an approach which I do not always like the results of.

    In this day and age where people can freely download music without paying, listen to tracks repeatedly before they are released and easily purchase songs separately from an entire album makes the whole idea of coming away from the norm a risk and I am sure LP did not make the decision light heartedly.

    I appreciate the straign LP have shown in their DVD to emphasise why/how the album was created. However as a long standing fan, I just cant seem to enjoy ATS.

  20. AGATHE on September 14, 2010 at 7:39 am

    Mike, you and the others guys had made an awesome CD. You can be proud about it.
    Seriously, when I read for the first time the firs line of the first part of the art book, I just was saying a thing like that : ” Yes, it’s not an album, it’s more.”
    This album make me feel like when I’m travelling.
    Thanks so much for this seven years with this good music and all the pieces of joy and memories with Linkin Park.
    Congratulations.
    Agathe.

  21. Mary&Chrys on September 14, 2010 at 7:08 am

    I think ATS is a really amazing album. A very mature and intense sound.
    Thank you once again, guys.
    Go on like this! :D

  22. sammy708 on September 14, 2010 at 7:01 am

    Hey Mike!

    This is by far the best review of ATS I´ve read. I bought the record on Friday and I have to say that ATS is the best album you guys have ever produced. It´s epic! I enjoyed every single second. Thank you for making such great music.

  23. linkinparkforever275 on September 14, 2010 at 7:00 am

    I cannot stand those “fans” who cannot accept that a band is “grown up” and so the music does. Like chester said on meeting of ATS: “Don’t do what others want you to do, just get back on doing music.” You guys did an amazing, epic job with A thousand Suns. Its nearly one of your best work you’ve ever done! There is so much power in it, so much energy! Every song is like a adventure! The album could not be better!! all my wishes come true on this! Linkin Park Forever!

  24. opakurti on September 14, 2010 at 4:51 am

    Dear Mike,

    Tons of reviews are negative about ATS, but you chose to show us one of the few who rated it positively. I call it hypocrisy. And ATS isn’t rock, it’s pure pop.

  25. charlioscrdelta2 on September 13, 2010 at 9:47 pm

    Mike. I have always been a great fan of yours, from Fort Minor to Linkin Park. I bought and listened to A Thousand Suns last night (I have all the others, fro both live and studio). Without a doubt, it will be the last Linkin Park CD that I buy. The change in music style was so different from that which has gone before. I can’t think of another CD that had 15 tracks, of which none really jumped out and grabbed you. It left me feeling very ripped off. Apologies for this post, and many thanks for all the great songs of the past.

  26. nyupark on September 13, 2010 at 8:08 pm

    I’m so glad 4 the review Mike owo
    I think the most important thing is that u make me feel something with ur music….u make me feel happy, angry, sad, with ur songs, with ur lyrics, ur voices….n only some musicians can do that, that is what I love u so much guys, u touch my heart n u always will n.n
    I can’t wait to see u at the maquinaria festival! ahh!! I’m gonna die!!!! *w*

  27. ellzworth on September 13, 2010 at 5:24 pm

    Amazon Just shipped my deluxe CD/DVD package out. I’m stoked. Congrats once again. Your performance was epic. The Observatory is was second home. Keep on rocking.

  28. susigi on September 13, 2010 at 5:02 pm

    I was skeptical about this new album. After years of successes you could have easily lost yourselves in your wealthy, famous lives but I started thinking that I was wrong. It seems that you grew and evolved with the world around you and you are still part of it. Again, the mind (Mike), the heart (Chester) and the body (Rob, Brad, Phoenix and Joe) worked together to move forward.

  29. franchan10 on September 13, 2010 at 4:23 pm

    The first time I listened to this was on shuffle and it mixed much of the transitional songs with the “actual” songs and it made the album quite a mess compared to the masterpiece it is when you listen to it from 1 to 15.
    Please inform you’re listeners how this album must be heard as I am positive that many reviewers and fans will get the wrong impression of this album and give you’re name a bad rep.
    Thank you for the amazing album and I hope you get to read this soon…

  30. thaguy16 on September 13, 2010 at 3:35 pm

    Already waiting for the next album. Call it “Redemption” because ATS makes me think you need some.

  31. pandora0426 on September 13, 2010 at 2:23 pm

    I don’t care what critics say, I think the music you guys produce is the best. I have yet to hear the album but I know it will be great anyway. Can’t wait! I am so excited!! :)

  32. nlopezdearenosa on September 13, 2010 at 1:52 pm

    They already wrote you a thank you post. I really appreciated their words for you and the guys. Thanks again for everything. I went to the VMA performance yesterday- great show. Not a concert, but I still enjoyed it as one. And thanks for just being yourselves, pretty much, pulling everything out of your bums (: It was really fun… and for performing “New Divide” even though you didn’t have your guitar. You did really well. I am looking forward to tomorrow, no longer having to yell at my laptop for freezing whenever I try to listen to ATS on Myspace. Take care! Hopefully I can afford by next year to see you in concert.

  33. lode1989 on September 13, 2010 at 1:35 pm

    The album is good, next challenge is the live show! Good luck guys and give me one of the best shows in Stuttgart! Maybe I see you at the M&G.. You still get a free Johnny Berlin album from me. Greetz, Lode

  34. jenjithesnail on September 13, 2010 at 10:49 am

    You guys have worked so hard on this album, and I could hear that today when I listened to A Thousand Suns. Your music will always be incredible, no matter what direction you guys decide to take nor how different the music is. :)

    I hope you know that myself, along with many other people out there really do appreciate the amount of effort you put into making your music and yes, we have enjoyed the songs :D

    Take care,

    Jenji ^¬^

  35. jagta on September 13, 2010 at 10:38 am

    Some critics have a good review others were like pushung you down. It seems that all the good reviews are the one you read…LOL…peez!…well, of course that’s LP and we know that you all guys work hard for that so thanks and we still love you whatever those critics will say. Keep rockin’ LP RULLZ!

  36. shockwavez on September 13, 2010 at 10:29 am

  37. ialex91 on September 13, 2010 at 10:07 am

    @vanrok, rock doesn’t mean only guitars and screaming, it’s about the message of the music

  38. todraw on September 13, 2010 at 10:00 am

    It took me some time to actually like the album but its cool… not what i expected from the previews seen but yea… its a good 40+ min. long song xP

  39. vanrok on September 13, 2010 at 8:36 am

    “one of the best rock albums ever” ,i don’t want to be mean but where exactly you here rock in this album?

  40. armydillo on September 13, 2010 at 8:25 am

    is a very good Album as the last but are less songs, the interludes are not songs, really are 9 tracks no 15!

  41. whitepegacorn on September 13, 2010 at 6:55 am

    Never thought a review could make me feel so happy. It completely justifies Linkin Park, and my own thoughts.

  42. peteryb on September 13, 2010 at 6:20 am

    Thank you for posting this article Mike. The album is wonderful and I think Kasko captures that.

  43. mithun1982 on September 13, 2010 at 5:51 am

    I may not be a “respected journalist,” but as fan since 2000, here’s my honest review of ‘A Thousand Suns':

    http://mithunonthe.net/2010/09/13/linkin-park-a-thousand-suns-new-album-review-best-songs/

  44. daddyshin7 on September 13, 2010 at 3:35 am

    Nice review.
    A Thousand Suns is a very good Album as the last (Minutes to Midnight).
    Linkin Park has become older, more mature and it is felt in their music.
    For me, I would like the group continues this trend, proposing, however, may be a bit more songs and fewer transitions.
    I do not listen to your music, I was live, thank you for everything!

    See you on Paris !

    Ps: sorry for my bad english :/

  45. ShinigamiPWN on September 13, 2010 at 1:46 am

    Read this on LPLive.
    Great.

  46. Julian on September 13, 2010 at 1:32 am

    Ya, read this in LPA a couple of days ago, it was the best review I’ve ever read!

  47. chiragddude on September 13, 2010 at 12:16 am

    GGGGGRRRRRRREEEEEEAAAAAAAATTTTTT !!!!
    Awesome piece of writing……I credit not ONLY YOU GUYS, but, also JORDY KASKO for his intense and deep thinking skills !!!

    LOVE IT !!! THIS RECORD IS EPIC

    LP FOR LIFE !!!

  48. bananagabbana on September 12, 2010 at 11:08 pm

    phenomenal review :D

  49. toddalexanderwilliamson on September 12, 2010 at 10:59 pm

    best review of the album i have read so far.
    couldn’t have said it better without turning it into a rant or making ten pages long (:

  50. dorito82 on September 12, 2010 at 10:42 pm

    great review! I can’t believe, and I’m sure you guys can’t, as well, how well recieved this album is in the press….

  51. alexisjake on September 12, 2010 at 9:38 pm

    This was a great review. It hit so many important points & elaborated beautifully. Thank for posting Mike. I was so happy to read this because it made such great arguments and many of the sentiments about the album were so similar to my impression. I won’t lie, I was a bit hesitant at first, but once I listened to ATS: The Full Experience, I felt differently. I enjoyed how comprehensive it was and how it just worked as a single piece so well. I also really liked the moment in “When They Come For Me,” a great and effective touch. LP is so amazing. It’s so wonderful that you are exploring as true artists, focusing on the music rather than “what LP should sound like.”

  52. justbiteme9 on September 12, 2010 at 8:00 pm

    Well I’m still not sure about the album 100% but I still love what you do because I respecto so much the work you put into it and I know that you work on a way that this is pure creativity and not some follow up rules to make more money, some people may like it, some people may not. I like it but I still think that MTM is pure awesomeness, the best album ever. I like 70% of what you did on this album, and I know I’m gonna like it even more, not like MTM but it will grow on me. I’m still looking forward for what may come. In the end what matters is that you feel satisfied with it beause you are going to be the ones who are gonna live with it the rest of your lives.

  53. justinofsuburbia on September 12, 2010 at 5:24 pm

    Great review! So true!

  54. widya rahayu on September 12, 2010 at 5:13 pm

    Haven’t heard the whole songs (i’m still saving some money to buy the ATS CD..not enough yet) but the 3rd song i listened to: “Waiting for The End” made me want to draw something about it. Everyone may say whatever they want, i just want to live my love on Linkin Park in my real life that breaths in my every work.

  55. boger7lp on September 12, 2010 at 3:01 pm

    Please read and realize
    Thanks to this criticism gave me another point of view and it’s true what they say
    but in doing so ignores the true loyalty of fans
    I support the change but not at the expense of those who helped me get to the pit and try to match a band Radiohead average and having others bands who are more in the underground and are great
    and as critics say there are songs that are different from what they had done and are the most magnificent of MINUTES TO MIDNIGHT
    the guitar riff to the beat of the drums of war NO MORE SORROW (is my favorite of all), acoustic guitar and the voices of TheLittleThingsGiveYou
    PLEASE TIME IS A RETHINK

  56. xehpuk on September 12, 2010 at 2:41 pm

    I had to laugh hard at the New York Daily News review because it’s one of the stupidest things I’ve ever read. :D

  57. camila on September 12, 2010 at 2:03 pm

    Mike! haz el esfuerzo de entender :D
    aah me tienen desesperadamente feliz :). Cuando en un principio daban pistas de como seria lo nuevo, realmente me asuste, sin embargo ver el camino que estaba tomando forma me hizo cada vez esperar con mas ansias esto, ver lo importante que era esto para ustedes, la dedicacion y meses de trabajo son admirables, y lo poco que he podido escuchar hasta ahora demuestra que son grandes artistas, que han madurado, que estan conscientes de lo que realmente importa en este mundo. creo que estoy mas nerviosa que ustedes xD. se que sera un gran exito en su carrera, que sera apreciado por lo que es. saludos y los esperamos pronto .

  58. jozzie8 on September 12, 2010 at 1:42 pm

    Yeah this was a well written review of the album. Linkin park are just simply the best.

  59. sanguinex on September 12, 2010 at 1:19 pm

    thid album is gonna rock, the ones who bother themselves in writting things like “this is not hte same linkin park so im not gonna bother listenig the album” can just go and hear their idol justin beiber because we the real fans of LP are gonna enjoy this master piece and we are goin to give the critics that this master piece deserves keep up the good work mike

  60. shugahcolby on September 12, 2010 at 1:17 pm

    Amazing! Good luck tonight! Ill be watching ;)! Im going to vote for LP in everything your in!

    @shugahcolby

  61. lode1989 on September 12, 2010 at 1:08 pm

    Interesting! Anyway, this ATS is strange… With rpevious albums I was like: I want to listen that oen song on the album… Right now it’s like: Just hole the album from 1 to the end. (Justl ike it’s one big piece.)

  62. sergiordz on September 12, 2010 at 1:01 pm

    ey Mike, I hope you can watch this http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LsLytO5RnEc it is not that professional, but I think it’s good. Good luck tonight at VMAs!

  63. dragonlp20 on September 12, 2010 at 12:57 pm

    I could not agree more with Jordy on this. I also when ahead and quoted this [with links to this blog and the full review] on LP.com [http://www.linkinpark.com/forum/topics/really-awesome-review]

  64. machmallauter on September 12, 2010 at 12:49 pm

    so true. love your music LP!

  65. sebbyc on September 12, 2010 at 12:49 pm

    I’m not going to blow sunshine like a lot of the comments here.

    The album [in my opinion] is poor. Really poor. I’ve tried to like it – I know it takes a while for new music to grow on you, but it’s just not happening.

    For the first time, I’m not even looking forward to seeing you guys perform live.

    Worst of all, my deluxe pack hasn’t arrived yet, and I’m not bothered when it does.

    Wind back a month, and I was psyched about this album…oh well.

  66. MonkeyChevalier on September 12, 2010 at 12:19 pm

    i just couldn’t agree more w/ this great review! :D

    actually i’ve been thinking totally the same as Jordy when i see some ppl bashing LP. they keep saying “oh, no! this isn’t the same LP i ever knew.” and then i was like… so what? yeah, they are not that 20-year-old boys! they’ve grown up now. if you enjoy listening to their old songs, just keep listening to it. no one prohibits you. but one thing’s true is that they’re stepping forward and i’m going with ‘em. who cares if you’re gonna stop and root yourself to the past? if you’re happy to do so, just do it, but just don’t try to pull LP back down w/ u.

    this is really what i think; hope it’s not spamming :/

  67. rubenbosch92 on September 12, 2010 at 12:18 pm

    Pure genius.

  68. supermishima on September 12, 2010 at 12:15 pm

    I have to admit, when MTM was released I didn’t take to it at first because I was expecting a follow-up to Meteora. But overtime, I began to appreciate it for what it’s worth; and I believe (especially after reading this review) that A Thousand Suns will be the same. Linkin Park has now become a part of my “solo-sessions” list (music I listen to by myself) not because I’m ashamed to listen to LP in public but because I’m one of the few who’ll actually appreciate the work you guys have done. Much love. LP FOREVER!!!!!

  69. thepixelpod on September 12, 2010 at 12:02 pm

    dude. the reason why i dont like the album is that there are songs like “The Requiem” “The Radiance” “Wretches and Kings” these songs only cover space.
    i feel this album like, Reanimation based in blackbirds style.
    I expected sound like the end of not alone, i expected more of joe Hahn
    but i like 4 songs of the album :D

  70. JeRz on September 12, 2010 at 11:47 am

    This was a great read. It’s a real shame that not all critics can have as much of an open mind as this reviewer has. Funny how I was thinking the same exact thing as this review in terms of how LP has ‘matured’ with their music. My best friend for example hated MTM and had a brief listen to ATS and scoffed at it. Why? Because it didn’t sound like HT.

    That kind of mentality I hope gets washed away by ATS. Those people that want the ‘old LP’ back, would be the same people right now complaining if ATS sounded like HT because it wouldln’t sound different. Maybe ATS will usher in new fans that appreciate change and alienate those close-minded individuals…that would only do LP better.

  71. itsumademorokku on September 12, 2010 at 11:40 am

    Ohayoo kenji-kun
    sorry to say but i don’t think that a thousand suns is a rock album its more like Fort Minor stuff!
    sure its kind of awesome but this time im disapointed somehow i had hope for some guitar riffs like Michael Angelo did in the 80’s, some more awesome drumsolo from rob and a not singing chester(shouting suites him)

    im not saying that i don’t like ATS i just try to say that the part of me who love rock is unsatisfied
    read ya
    __________
    Kaeru

  72. linkinpete on September 12, 2010 at 11:29 am

    It seems some ppl have issues with categorizing albums/songs. For example if they´ve been told or they think it should be a rock song/album, they may regard it as a bad one if it doesn´t fill the characteristics of rock music. Or like someone said The Catalyst is pop, lol! (no guitars in your face?) Based on what I´ve heared so far ATS seems to be something unpredictable yet just the thing you´ve wanted to hear in a way that it´s about other things than just loud guitars and powerchord choruses (which is really cool but done quite alot and well already). Also some folks seem to have been sleeping for the past decade, wanting HT style back still. (*uuuugh*)

  73. souneik on September 12, 2010 at 11:24 am

    I’m not intrigued and inspired by empty soulless air pressure.
    I’m not impressed with emotional wars, music politics, egos, and pride.
    But I am with Linkin Park. It’s why I come here. I see the crap of the industry daily… I know that at the end of the day that compliment given by those hand full of people makes a difference. So big up to the writer. And a big “eat it” to all the crybabys who just need to turn the lights on upstairs.

  74. cctjehh on September 12, 2010 at 11:15 am

    I hate it when people only look to what the album not is (nu-metal) and don’t even try to look objective to what it is. But this review is really nice and I totally agree with him. Those “ex-LP” fans are just dumb.. they don’t know.. they’re really narrow-minded about music. if it isn’t “hard” it’s not good.. ==’ so stupid…

  75. Aditya_the_warrior_within on September 12, 2010 at 11:07 am

    ha mike you saw this now.
    I posted this here and on the lpu quiet some time back for all to read.
    well glad you liked it :)

  76. thomasbrablec on September 12, 2010 at 11:07 am

    This is one great review. Finally a critic appreciates difference.
    Honestly, I’ve listened to Linkin Park for a long, long time and even though your music has changed a lot, I still love it. I am not a mainstream victim, which I am according to many people.
    I really hope that one day I’ll be able to see you guys in person or go to your show.
    Linkin Park for life!

  77. aristeastark on September 12, 2010 at 10:59 am

    i m happy cuz this review shows that there are people who fully understand what means Linkin Park and who can appreciate the essence of their work. i never agreed with the term nu metal. My opinion is that Linkin Park is not just a music kind , it s different energies combined together perfectly. the term “Hybrid Theory” describes that. I remember from the interviews from “Frat Party at the Pankake festival” that LP members said that they wanted people to listen to their songs and say “I know that sound, that’s Linkin Park”.So that’s the truth . There s a new sound like no other called Linkin Park.

  78. Linkin Theorist on September 12, 2010 at 10:47 am

    Mike, I’m so proud of everything you guys did over this decade. The world just wouldn’t be the same without Linkin Park’s songs. You guys push your limits to the max, push all boundaries and search for ways to make the fans go wild with the wait before your shows, during your shows, and most certainly, after your shows. Same goes for the records.
    I can honestly say you invented a new genre. LOL
    I’m just gonna have to wait for when ATS gets here. Can’t wait for the live performance tonight at the VMA’s. It’s gonna be freakin’ mind blowing!!

  79. hmjackson on September 12, 2010 at 10:46 am

    I was skeptical at first, I’ll admit it. Then I watched the documentary on Hulu and I listened to ATS a second time the entire way through. This album really puts you in your place…you take a step back to look at the larger picture.
    I love music, but I’ve never been great at writing reviews…I’m not technical. Typically I’ll go by feeling – what I feel when I hear the music for the first time and what I feel when I read the lyrics…ATS makes me feel small. It makes me appreciate the life I have. I admire you and the rest of the band for making this album and practicing what you’re preaching. I think of MFR and all the good you guys are trying to do and I feel proud to call myself a Linkin Park fan. I feel very fortunate to have met you. Hope to see you again in Omaha, NE soon.

  80. annack82 on September 12, 2010 at 10:33 am

    Hello
    I’m still waiting on premiere of ATS in Poland. The only thing I can say for now…Guys from LP you are so creative and so hard-working and for that I admire you. Best Regards. Anna.

  81. nikkiann0100 on September 12, 2010 at 10:16 am

    Normally I havent been reading reviews yet. I think it will be a much better experience to wait for the album to arrive so I can sit down and listen and made a judgement for myself, rather than being swayed by reviews that may or may not have a good understanding of the album. This is one pretty good review though. They made good points about the overall legacy of the band.

  82. maraina15 on September 12, 2010 at 10:00 am

    and the author is damn right. you go LP!

  83. lplovei on September 12, 2010 at 9:55 am

    I can 100% agree on the MTM part right now. People didn’t like it. That’s because they were listening to the music, not understanding the words. Hands Held High had a good beat and even greater meaning. Yes their leader is nervous because not even he knows what he’s doin’, so he just does whatever pops into his head. The soldiers have to react to get blown into fractions. All of that is true. Then all those fans out there say it’s a bad album. They only care about what bad things happen to them not what’s happening to others right outside our doorstep on a BIGGER scale. Linkin Park is a band that evolves. Everyone should evolve along with you (not just fans if you know what I mean).

  84. masshysteria95 on September 12, 2010 at 9:55 am

  85. Alexandra Nofi on September 12, 2010 at 9:51 am

    I never had a name for it, but, I’ve been doing “automatic writing” in relation to my stories/books, for the last decade. It’s a technique and skill that I hold in high regard because it captures things about you as an artist that no other style of writing can achieve. Minutes to Midnight touched very heavily on the creative challenge. A Thousand Suns touched on humanitarian lyricism, which is something albums rarely ever do.

    I don’t like some of the reactions fans have had this time around. People should not tell you what to do with your art. If you back artists into a corner, their only option is to go forward at the thing attacking them.

  86. leilalp on September 12, 2010 at 9:48 am

    I agree – “it is true art. And it is one HELL of an album” I feel grace when i’m listening to A Thousand Suns! This is something from God! You did a great job! It’s masterpiece!
    Is impossible to describe! It should feel! Thank you guys for this album! We love you! God bless you )))

  87. kytheram on September 12, 2010 at 9:44 am

  88. rockford2010 on September 12, 2010 at 9:42 am

    Thank you for this wonderful review…
    I’ve been fighting all over the Internet trying to prove the people who think LP is no longer a good band, wrong, and no matter where i went, there were more of the haters, and quite frankly, i couldn’t stop myself from being sad, i just wasn’t satisfied realizing that people are hating the band i love for doing something so great that even legendary musicians are afraid of doing so i.e throwing away what they were outta the window and redefining themselves into a much greater yet creative form.but this reviw has given me some hope,if people like him are still out there then i could rest in peace knowing that good music is still respected out there.

  89. squide on September 12, 2010 at 9:37 am

    i one-thousand-percent agree with that review…
    ATS – amazing masterpiece..

  90. slowlearner32 on September 12, 2010 at 9:34 am

    I wonder what the next album will be like when I think ATS is the best LP album.

  91. caldx on September 12, 2010 at 9:32 am

    thats great, i have heard the album (don’t worry i really want to buy it on the 14th) but the sound and lyrics are just so amazing, and how you add in real quotes make it all more real. making this album must have been alot of work, but i’d say totally worth it, it’s helped me think about things i normally wouldn’t have. thanx and keep doing the awsome work you always do.

  92. cezar_lp on September 12, 2010 at 9:31 am

    YEAH!! I saw it days ago and I felt like this guy took words from my mind! Is the same thing that I think about the band and the new album.

    “A Thousand Suns is an ALBUM. It is not a collection of songs”
    “Perhaps these people didn’t mature like Linkin Park did,…..Perhaps they wanted fun music, rather than good music.”
    ‎”…If the band in question decides not to vary their formula, makes mediocre music…”

    Great JOB, this album blew my mind!

  93. John Alexander Richard Ledsom on September 12, 2010 at 9:30 am

    It’s very refreshing to see some critics not slam this album for being different; if only the millions of internet trolls had the same view of it. Ah well, haters gonna hate.

  94. aidena53 on September 12, 2010 at 9:30 am

    the best album of everything times!!! i listen 15 times since yesterday!! specially “a robot boy” and “blackout”!!! simply brillant!! you’re a genius!!!

  95. evooba on September 12, 2010 at 9:25 am

    That was indeed a really thoughtful review. And he’s absolutely right to call A Thousand Suns one of the best albums ever made in history! Yes, you changed your sound and risked twice but that’s you! You didn’t want to stick to the HT and Meteora sounds; you wanted to experiment, expand your horizons and create something really beautiful even if you knew you’d loose fans. And here we are now with ATS already being at the top of the charts with all your new and old fans supporting you and believing that you can NEVER let us down! Thank you for everything, your music means the world to me! It has helped me through the hardest times of my life! Best of luck for tonight’s performance! :D

  96. lisaasimpson on September 12, 2010 at 9:24 am

    So true.
    I believe that I grew up with you guys.
    I was 16 when I heard about LP and screaming along with Chaz did help me in that “angry” phase of my life.
    Today, when I’m 25 and I’m a changed person I still have the same name in my CD player. I never changed my favorite band.

    Congrats on a amazing album. Cheers.
    A.

  97. masshysteria95 on September 12, 2010 at 9:21 am

    Great review! I’m pretty impressed. And, man, ATS is GREAT. Maiby it’s you best album ever, you changed a lot, you elvolved. Don’t take care of those assholes who tell you that ATS sucks: they’re not mature enough to understand its magnificient sound.

  98. gnaa93 on September 12, 2010 at 9:20 am

    Linkin Park = The best Band EVER … this is because a band has to evolve and experiment new things… Linkin Park DOES KNOW how to make new stuff awesome… I personaly like all your albums, obviously I loved Hybrid Theory and Meteora cause of the hard rock sound… but Minutes to Midnight and A Thousand Suns are something more special… like the same review says “MATURE”… thats what make Linkin Park the Best Band EVER :)

  99. itssabi on September 12, 2010 at 9:19 am

    second comment!!

  100. chilibilly18 on September 12, 2010 at 9:19 am

    Linkin park > Chuck Norris > Music

  101. alex1120 on September 12, 2010 at 9:16 am

    yes mike, print it. you do an awesome work. artist is the person who can express himself, no matter how. and you and the guys do it. this album is GREAT and I’m sure of it even before listening, because it’s you who made it.

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