A big leap for Linkin Park

A big leap for Linkin Park

November 04, 2012
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Linkin Park has often been criticised for lacking variety in their sound. A Thousand Suns puts these claims to rest and takes a bold leap into a new frontier in music making.

Listening to the album once through, you'll understand the difference between an album and a compilation of tracks. Rather than just a collection of songs, each track has a obvious relation to the whole. Timely sound bites punctuate the album, allowing for downtime and setting the tone for tracks that follow.

Wisdom Justice and Love comes from a chilling Martin Luther King Jnr speech on oppression. From the first word, his voice is layered over a gentle piano melody before morphing into a robotic repetition of the final line, "Cannot be reconciled with wisdom, justice and love". It is a perfect transition into the next song, Iridescent.

Headbanger Blackout has the familiar Linkin Park formula, with Chester Bennington's infectious screams. It's a highlight on an already stacked album.

Wretches and Kings resembles the mash-up sound of their Jay-Z collaboration Collision Course. It is the most hip hop and politically influenced of the songs.

This album cements the band's status as pioneers in fusing rock, metal, pop, electronic and hip hop.

Contains strong language.

YP rating: 4/5

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