Linkin Park — "A Thousand Suns" Deluxe Fan Edition Box Set Review 5 out of 5 Stars
Fri, 17 Dec 2010 08:44:48
Across the spectrum of pop culture this year, there was no journey quite like Linkin Park's A Thousand Suns.
It's an evolved sensory roller coaster fueled by the band's daring spirit. "Wretches and Kings" ravages with a succinct industrial hip hop stomp, throwing in a deadly and danceable hook to round out the head trip. Meanwhile, "When They Come For Me" builds from pummeling paranoia on Mike Shinoda's masterful verses into Chester Bennington's hypnotic and heady lines on the bridge. Each song swirls around a dense landscape of cutting edge electronics, distorted synths, tribal percussion and a dark bass foundation.
A Thousand Suns has revolution written all over it. Linkin Park blaze through "Blackout" and "The Catalyst" with a metallic fire, without embracing standard metal instrumentation or conventions. Instead—Bennington, Shinoda, Brad Delson [Guitar], Dave "Phoenix" Farrell [Bass], Rob Bourdon [Drums], Joe Hahn [Electronics, Programming, Turntables]—manipulate the very sound itself, laying out their own rules in the process. That's evident on the vibrant darkness of "Burning in the Skies," where each texture comes to life as Bennington's voice soars over the cascading melodies below it.
At points, most notably on "The Messenger," Linkin Park also sound more stripped than ever. After this futuristic head trip, the band pull back the curtain for the most poignant track they've committed to tape. Acoustic guitar's and Bennington's lilting harmonies send it all home.
The best way to experience A Thousand Suns is with the Deluxe Fan Edition Box Set. The hardcover art book included brings fans closer to the band's unique vision. Each photo's detail is crisp and clear, while the band's foreword sets the stage poetically. Then there's Meeting of A Thousand Suns , the DVD documentary exploring the process behind A Thousand Suns, illuminating every bend and curve in the road to this brilliant album's birth, while allowing fans a glimpse of how Linkin Park work. Two 12" vinyl records seal the deal, giving the ultimate sound for the ultimate Linkin Park album.
With Christmas coming, the A Thousand Suns Deluxe Fan Edition Box Set is essential for all music fans.
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