The Thousand Suns album is a total transition for Linkin Park. The is basically no comparison to the Linkin Park that released the Hybrid Theory ten years ago to the now more focused on a more melodic feel, combing old school hip hop with rock. The album is very versatile in the sense that still has some of the harsh vocals and distorted in guitars but in still maintains a mellow undercurrent. Thousand Suns is an album about life, loss, love and examines aspects such as natural disasters for example in Not Alone.
The album is very intricately put together The Requiem and The Radiance has an elegant keyboard sound and is then joined up with voice overs that sound robotic declaring the words God save us. In Burning in the Skies the lead singer Chester Bennington lurks in the waters of his self pitying style which greatly complimented with the contrasting Mike Shinoda as he utilizes his rapping skill in When they come for me. The two compliment one another in the sense that Chester comes across as sensitive and Mike as more abrasive however they both discuss the same feelings. Another contrasting factor is Shinoda’s animalistic rhymes square off against Joe Hahn’s chaotic carnivorous scratching for Wretches and Kings. Whether it’s a robotic creep show speech from Martin Luther King Jr. to the slow piano on Iridescent, Linkin Park are changing the game.
The first single, The Catalyst, is a unique introduction and a fitting preview. The God save us everyone line gives the listener very important information that’s cyclical within the sonic solar system that is A Thousand Suns.
All in all, A Thousand Suns is a very well constructed rock album. Granted, they’ve always maintained a steady level of popularity, but in musical terms they had become a non-entity. Whether Rubin held faith in them, or they kept faith in Rubin, or both, the marriage has finally begun to reap dividends and, though imperfect.