“A Thousand Suns” is no Linkin Park album
Linkin Park is dead. Yes, its dead and no “Catalyst” will bring it back.
It seems that Chester Bennington took his introspective style and kicked the crap out of the band that made “In the End” and “Numb.” There latest release, A Thousand Suns has continued on a stormier path than Minutes to Midnight. This path isn’t going to cut it for LP.
As much as Billboard is an authority on music rankings, I prefer to see where digital downloads are headed. Looking at iTunes, A Thousand Suns has minimal potential to be Meteora” let alone Hybrid Theory.
Linkin Park is a band that operates in a Yin-Yang style. For their first two albums (and various singles), they had a perfect mix of rap and rock that made the band truly Alternative. What “A Thousand Suns” has produced is an American variation of Coldplay (with a few Linkin Park-esque songs).
Just a few singles made me want to write this: namely “The Catalyst,” “Waiting for the End”. These two singles are filled with the dominating yin of Chester Bennington with little to no Mike Shinoda yang
Tracks like “When they Come for Me” have the sound of classic Linkin Park relative to other “Thousand Suns” tracks. With heavier guitar and the balanced influence of Shinoda, the moody and introspective sound of Linkin Park is suppressed.
As a very late disclaimer, I’ve been a fan of Linkin Park since they released Hybrid Theory. I’ve seen them experiment with tons of different things (For example Reanimation). I think that Linkin Park’s new direction is aimed at listeners who started at Minutes to Midnight. A Thousand Suns sales will determine whether the band’s “genre-busting” album is good for their continued success.
Grade: C- (70/100)