A Thousand Suns

A Thousand Suns

by Linkin Park


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We were not making an album.

For months, we'd been destroying and rebuilding our band. The experiments that resulted filled the studio hard drive with diverse, abstract sounds. Amorphous echoes, cacophonous samples, and handmade staccato merged into wandering, elusive melody. Each track felt like a hallucination.

We didn't know if any of those unorthodox ideas could be incorporated into a traditional album, but we knew we didn't want our next album to be predictable. Sitting together in the same studio where we made our first album, all six of us voiced a commitment to going out on a limb, to making something truly daring. We asked ourselves: were we all earnestly willing, more than ever before, to abandon the precepts of commercial ambition in pursuit of what we believe to be honest art?

The inclination to begin writing conventional songs for a conventional album came and went. The temptation to adjust our creative vision to fulfill expectations beyond our studio walls yielded to the audacious ambition of what he hoped to achieve as a band. The two years of making A Thousand Suns marked our exhilarating, surrealistic, and often challenging journey into the creative unknown.

On the eve of its completion, this body of work, assembled through unconscious inspiration and unmitigated exertion, has revealed to us notions both stirring and surprising. The album's personified imagery is neither dogma nor political premeditation. The emergent themes and metaphors illuminate a uniquely human story.

A Thousand Suns grapples with the personal cycle of pride, destruction, and regret. In life, like in dreams, this sequence is not always linear. And, sometimes, true remorse penetrates the devastating cycle. The hope, of course, springs from the notion that the possibility of change is born in our most harrowing moments.

Enjoy the music.

Linkin Park

-- From the Label

Product Details

Release Date: 09/14/2010
Label: Warner Bros / Wea
UPC: 0093624963332
catalogNumber: 525375
Rank: 18583

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Linkin Park   Primary Artist
Martin Luther King   Speech/Speaker/Speaking Part
Mike Shinoda   Vocals,Group Member
Mario Savio   Speech/Speaker/Speaking Part
Chester Bennington   Vocals,Group Member
Brad Delson   Background Vocals,Group Member
Rob Bourdon   Background Vocals,Group Member
Dave "Phoenix" Farrell   Background Vocals,Group Member
Joe Hahn   Background Vocals,Group Member
Robert Oppenheimer   Interviewee

Technical Credits

Rick Rubin   Producer
Martin Luther King   Composer
Mike Shinoda   Lyricist,Producer,Engineer,Pro-Tools
Linkin Park   Composer
Chester Bennington   Lyricist
Brad Delson   Pro-Tools
Ethan Mates   Engineer,Pro-Tools
Frank Maddocks   Art Direction
Peter Standish   Marketing
Kymm Britton   Publicity
Mario McNulty   Engineer
Josh Newell   Engineer,Pro-Tools
Josh Vanover   Artwork
Jerry Johnson   Drum Technician
Czeslaw "Nobrain" Sakowski   Programming
Anton Brooks   Publicity

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A Thousand Suns 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
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a-b-a-n-k-s-c-a-l-e-b More than 1 year ago
i liked the first album, the second one was fair, the third one was crap, but this one was amazing, the sound, and lyrics blew me away, the best song on hear is wretches and kings, but it is also completely different than the other albums they did, it reminded me of pink floyd, do yourself a favor and buy this one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
outstanding progression of Linkin Park. Needs to be heard from start to finish... perfect for travelin! Wretches & Kings is best song. Iridescent is a nice alternative track.
dygunraider More than 1 year ago
Linkin Park was changing everybody knew it. After the 2007 Minutes To Midnight album which largely could be classified as Alternative Rock many fans we're angered longing for the glory LP days of Hybrid Theory,Reanimation, and Meteora. Is Linkin Park going back? I doubt it. Linkin Park is one of the few bands I trust my money on, I will buy any piece of material they put out be it good or bad for they are LP. Definately one of the best artists of the 2000's, and so far, one of the best of the 10's. Linkin Park belongs amongst the ranks of Arcade Fire, and Coldplay in my opinion. They have every album unstoppingly produced Epic music they're are very few Artists one can say this of, particularly in my generation so it's nice to have a few to look forward to. And they're not just "changing" they're maturing these are not the same guys who felt "numb" or we're " one step closer" this is LP and this rocks. This album to me is incredible because not only does it rock in the stereo it's great on headphones, most musics one way or the other, I should've known LP can rock any form. As for the musical direction they've taken, I couldn't be any happier. It is admittedly odd hearing Chester or Mike sing softly but they seem to be hitting all the right notes literally and metaphorically. For those worrying that this album would be all just soft songs go check out " When They come for Me" or " Wretches and Kings" or even " The Catalyst" prove that LP is still innovating. It's not as if Linkin Park is not aware of the " Classic LP" fans disputes over MTM in "When They Come For Me" Mike strikes back proclaiming " I am not the fortune and the fame, or the same person telling you to forfeit the game" and " Cause once you got the Theory of how the thing works, everybody wants the next thing to be just like the first" both lines recalling the old days, Hybrid Theory and Points of Authority in particular. Mike also justifies they're new direction " I'm not a Robot I'm not a monkey, I will not dance even if the beat is funky" It's hard to classify a favorite song on this album they're all good. Some of my favorites right now would be Robot Boy a strike against the common Cynical attitude, and Blackout a song which begins as a scream fest but about halfway through changes in a way you would not expect. If I had to choose a favorite I'd say The Catalyst this song is so powerful turn the lights off and listen to it with headphones and you will be blown away, the unexepected album ender The Messenger is great as well taking LP a beautiful place I would've never imagined they'd go. After MTM I defended LP against my friends and waited for the coming greatness I knew and expected LP. I would worry that they've got a lot of pressure but after this masterpiece, I'm sure they can take it. Whenever the next album rolls around be it 3 years 4 years or a decade. I'll still be here waiting and LP will still be there innovating and exploring new frontiers.
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DarkLotusICP4life More than 1 year ago
amazing album amazing band!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
ButterFreeGodzilla4Life More than 1 year ago
amazing album by linkin park!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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