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The “hybrid theory” Linkin Park introduced back in 2000 has evolved. New sounds like "The Catalyst" have become more majestic, less tied to hip-hop, and exponentially more symphonic. The components that make Linkin Park one of today’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 its latest album, A Thousand Suns, co-produced by Rick Rubin and Mike Shinoda.

Customer Reviews

For the last time, they did NOT sell out.

If they really wanted to sell out, they could've just rehashed the same songs over and over again, which bands like Nickelback do. Hybrid Theory and Meteora sold tons of copies, so why not do it again?

Because they wanted to change their sound and try something different. And with this album, I think they really did a great job. Like MtM, this album was much softer than their older materials, with more ballads rather than hardcore screaming and rapping. Unlike MtM, however, the ballads didn't get boring, and I think they're a lot better. There are a lot of songs that sound very beautiful, such as Iridescent, one of my favorite Linkin Park songs ever released. Waiting For The End, The Catalyst, Blackout, Wretches and Kings, Burning In The Skies, and The Messanger are also very good. I also like how the songs transition into each other very smoothly (though this does cause confusion if my entire iTunes library is on shuffle). I don't mind the electronica sound (the stereotypical "selling out" point), because Linkin Park have the musical talent to make all these sounds work together and sound great.

This is probably one of my favorite LP albums, and it's very underrated. It doesn't sound like LP's first 2 albums, which is probably why it's regarded by many as weaker than their older stuff. I encourage you to listen to the album not expecting another Hybrid Theory or Meteora, because that is a sure way to get disappointed.


I just love this, linkin park cant be stopped.

Not very good

This is the worst out of the five albums they have out


Formed: 1996 in Los Angeles, CA

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Although rooted in alternative metal, Linkin Park became one of the most successful acts of the 2000s by welcoming elements of hip-hop, modern rock, and atmospheric electronica into their music. The band's rise was indebted to the aggressive rap-rock movement made popular by the likes of Korn and Limp Bizkit, a movement that paired grunge's alienation with a bold, buzzing soundtrack. Linkin Park added a unique spin to that formula, however, focusing as much on the vocal interplay between singer Chester...
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