‘A Thousand Suns’ | Linkin Park

| Cadenza Reporter

An apocalyptic end is not just the subject of Linkin Park’s fourth studio album, “A Thousand Suns,” but also its result, pushing the band off the rock stage forever. After their last release presented a questionable but substantial break from their old rap-rock style, Linkin Park hasn’t just taken a step backward with this release—they’ve tripped and fallen on their head.

The band rarely touches on their once-great aptness for heavy guitars, yelling and angst-filled rapping. Lead singer Chester Bennington used to belt out powerful, melodic vocals, but now his voice only chants disgusting raps. It’s enough to sadden even a die-hard Linkin Park fan—if there are any left. The album’s only redeeming quality is that it is at least trying to be creative. But of course, the band overdoes it. “A Thousand Suns” is experimental pop at its worst, and it isn’t worth the money.

for fans of: One Republic, Coldplay, Fort Minor

tracks to download: “Waiting for the End,” “Iridescent,” “The Catalyst”

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