Linkin Park / A Thousand Suns

A Thousand Suns

Linkin Park is an American rock band from Agoura Hills, California. Formed in 1996, the band rose to international fame with their debut album, Hybrid Theory, which was certified Diamond by the RIAA in 2005 and multi-platinum in several other countries.[1] Its following studio album, Meteora, continued the band’s success, topping the Billboard 200 album chart in 2003, and was followed by extensive touring and charity work around the world.[2] In 2003, MTV2 named Linkin Park the sixth greatest band of the music video era and the third best of the new millennium behind Oasis and Coldplay.[3]

Having adapted the nu metal and rap metal genres to a radio-friendly yet densely layered style in Hybrid Theory and Meteora,[4][5][6] the band explored other genres in their next studio album, Minutes to Midnight, which was released in 2007.[7][8] The album topped the Billboard charts and had the third best debut week of any album that year.[9][10] The band has collaborated with several other artists, most notably with rapper Jay-Z in their mashup EP Collision Course, and many others included on Reanimation.[5] The band’s most recent studio album, A Thousand Suns, was released on September 14, 2010.[11][12] Linkin Park has sold over 50 million albums worldwide and has won two Grammy Awards.

The Analysis:

The Requiem—-Starting off the release with a rather trademark, atmospheric sound, the band return for the first time in 3 years in fine form. This is laden with guitars, drums and a bit of electronics. the vocal begins with the sound of a lonely child singing about the waste and condition of the owrld…asking God to save us from our own undoing……when the song finds a nice quiet spot, you are enjoying some nice recorded soundbites that tell of the coming of the end of the world. This is morose, intricate and desolate. Just about perfect……

The Radiance—-As the previous song slowly becomes the next, there are more familiar sounds emerging. This is Linkin Park…and you recognize the trademark sounds of the band…….

Burning In the Skies—- Shinoda begins with the vocal…delivering a soft and rather somber voice. When Chester enters, you are surprised and impressed to catch every word…not quite used to him not screaming at you all the time. The lyrics are tremendous…forecasting the end of the world that we have created and trying to hard at the last moments to save ourselves from out own undoing. This is introspective and designed to make you think…indeed it does. The instrumentation is a surprise…heavy on electronics…leaving you wondering what the rest of the band is doing at the moment…this is pretty spectacular.

Empty Spaces—-This 18 second tracks only serves to set you up for…..

When They Come For Me—-This finds the band returning to a much more electric feel…although the Shinoda influence is all over this track….there are plenty of keyboards and electronics going on. The remarkable thing, as Shinoda enters with a rap intro is how the song grows and grows. This is classic Linkin Park….Chester is almost totally absent from this song….I keep waiting and waiting for that familiar and welcoming voice to burst out and make the song even larger…instead we are relegated to tribal beats and an odd tropical sound to the music as Shinoda takes the spotlight. This is nice, but when Chester does enter the song…it is almost over and you are anxious to move on.

Robot Boy—-This begins keyboard heavy and makes me think of Pink Floyd right from the onset. The song has a nice tempo…although it is as sedate as everything else on the record and you wonder where the hell the aggression is. Chester delivers a vocal that is full of melody…and from the onset absent of screams and energy. This has some rather nice atmosphere and swirls, but this is not at all what i was anticipating… far, this is rather disappointing.

Jornada Del Muerto—-A brief interlude that only expands on the previous elements of the last song…although it builds and builds until it becomes…..

Waiting For The End—-There really seems to be a theme on this release…yes? This begins again with a Shinoda spotlight that leaves Chester almost totally out in the cold. Where is the aggression and he anger…the demands for people to listen? When Chester enters with his vocal, it is sedate and quiet…delivering a nice melody but rarely a glimpse inside the tortured soul that once possessed him. This is a pretty nice song, but to have all of this quiet and electronic music from a band that built its reputation on anger and PSA is a shock…what happened!!!! This is what getting rich does to you?

Blackout—-Delivering a bit of a deeper sound despite all of the added electronics, this song finally finds Chester delivering a bit more of an aggressive vocal that I was expecting from the very onset. Chester actually sings in a rap style that is strong and full of spitted venom. This is loud, dark and full of what I have been wanting to hear from this release…too bad it took 9 songs to get there!!!

Wretches And Kings—-This begins in a rather huge way…the soundbites are fantastic and the bass in rap heavy….Shinoda takes control of the song again…delivering a rap that is full of classic lyrics and that reminds you of the past decade of Rap. Chester enters with a vocal that is sporadic and intermittent. This robs all of the life from the band and leaves me with a huge empty feeling…wondering what the hell is going on…I predict that this may very well be the last Linkin Park record…time to move on…..

Wisdom Justice And Love—-This brief interlude just serves as a passe moment to lead into…..

Iridescent—-Chester delivers a vocal that is so empty and uninspired…what the hell has happened with this band? There has not been one aggressive moment on this release thus far. This slow stuff is not what the fans require…..this is a cheap way out…I can’t believe that Rubin would allow this kind of lackluster delivery from a band that ruled the airwaves with masterful aggressive future music. I remain devastated by this release…..

Fallout—-Again, this is full of electronic sounds that leave me feeling empty and lost…wondering what has happened to the vision and mission of the band that once led the nation in aggression and purpose. This is lazy and uninspired…a waste of money and time…I remain bitter about this entire release!!!

Catalyst—-I know why this was the first single to be released from this CD…it is the ONLY song that even comes close to repeating the sound of the band that we all fell in love with…anbd this is even lackluster in spots. The electronics is too much and the aggression and true emotion are totally absent…this is just sad…..

The Messenger—-Returning to that acoustic Pink Floyd style of music, you are ending this release entirely defeated and wondering what the hell this band was thinking when they decided to release this piece of garbage….sorry…I remain devastatingly disappointed!!!

**3/4 out of 5


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