So, Linkin Park are back... and yet somehow not back.
Having been a fan of the band since the beginning I was hoping for a return to the form of Hybrid Theory with their blend of rock sensibilities and rap verses, rather than the bland rock by numbers they've been churning out (with Mike Shinoda pushed to guitar) but what they've delivered on A Thousand Suns is a thought provoking, well mixed, mature record that those who remember the days of the concept album may well appreciate. So, yes, there might only be 9 full tracks, but so what when they are all linked so well with connective melodies... this is not fast food music for the short attention span generation where it just becomes a greatest hits CD as the singles get released! This is Linkin Park at their very best, at essence art students with a great ear for melody, sound who are so quite obviously making the music they want to play and credit goes to Rick Rubin for letting them!
There will be many, many fans that won't like this record but don't let their 1 star reviews rob you of an experience just give it a try and hopefully you'll hear what I'm talking about.
Oh, by the way, the 9 full songs are corkers!