A Thousand Suns (Limited Edition)(Explicit Version) CD (2010)

Artist: 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


Label Warner/reprise/maverick
SKU 217020170
UPC 093624963172
UPC 14 00093624963172
Format CD
Release Date 9/14/2010
Author Linkin Park
Associated Artist/Work Aoki, Steve
Associated Artist/Work Jay-Z
Technical Info
Engineer Ethan Mates; Josh Newell; Mike Shinoda
Producer Mike Shinoda; Rick Rubin
CatalogID 9362496317
Lable Name Warner Bros.
Released 09/13/2010
Original Release 2010
Number of Discs 2
SPARE Code n/a
Length 47m : 48s
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00093624963172
Album Notes and Credits
Lyricists: Chester Bennington; Mike Shinoda.
Personnel: Chester Bennington, Mike Shinoda (vocals); Rob Bourdon, Dave "Phoenix" Farrell , Brad Delson, Joe Hahn (background vocals).
Audio Mixer: Neal Avron.
Recording information: Chung King, New York, NY; Mr. Hahn's DMZ Safe House; NRG Recording Studios; SONO Records Studio, Nouzov, Czech Republic; The Stockroom; Tritonus, Berlin, Germany.
Looking to re-create the success of Minutes to Midnight, Linkin Park are once again teaming up with super-producer Rick Rubin for their fourth album, A Thousand Suns.
Professional Reviews
Rolling Stone - "With Rick Rubin co-producing, the band embraces not just synth pop clamor but also dancehall-style chants and U2's grandiosity."
Entertainment Weekly (p.139) - "Linkin Park have outlasted the genre's brief '90s boom, consistently pulling digestible melodies from staticky storm clouds of sound." -- Grade: B
Billboard (p.40) - "The structures give vocalists Chester Bennington and Mike Shinoda plenty of emotive space -- and both deliver."
Artist Bio
Linkin Park, formed in 1996, rose to international fame with their debut album, Hybrid Theory, which was certified Diamond by the RIAA in 2005 and multi-platinum in several other countries. Its following studio album, Meteora, continued the band's success, topping the Billboard 200’s album charts in 2003, and was followed by extensive touring and charity work around the world. In 2003, MTV2 named Linkin Park the sixth greatest band of the music video era and the third best of the new millennium. Minutes to Midnight, which was released in 2007, topped the Billboard charts and had the third best debut week of any album that year. Linkin Park has sold over 50 million albums worldwide and have won two Grammy Awards.
Disc 1
1 Requiem, The
2 Radiance, The
3 Burning in the Skies
4 Empty Spaces
5 When They Come for Me
6 Robot Boy
7 Jornada del Muerto
8 Waiting for the End
9 Blackout
10 Wretches and Kings
11 Wisdom, Justice, and Love
12 Iridescent
13 Fallout
14 Catalyst, The
15 Messenger, The
Product Attributes
Artist Linkin Park
Label Warner/reprise/maverick
Music Format Compact Disc

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