After reading a few of the other posts, I felt the need to stand up for a band that has produced some of the most original, creative and emotionally atune music in the past 10 years.
The music of LP has always challenged those who would try to place it neatly in boxes labeled “nu-metal” and “rap/rock”; pushing pre-conceived, type-cast boundaries and demanding respect as unique artistry. A Thousand Suns is no different. The rock lovers say it’s too soft, while everyone else tries to pick out the influences they hear – everything from “Indian” to “tribal” to “dancehall” – as proof of why nothing is original.
THEY ALL MISS THE POINT COMPLETELY.
As Chester so rightly puts it in “Blackout”: “Are you listening?!”….. I am.
A Thousand Suns has the razor-sharp melody lines, the heavy riffs, the diamond-like electronic ambiance, and the raw emotion that we’ve all come to know and love from LP. If you’ve been listening to the narrative of the last few albums, you’ll see that ATS is also a natural progression in their music. If Minutes to Midnight was the aching, desperate cry of a nation (and a band) trying to make sense of the senselessness of war and disaster, then A Thousand Suns is a rallying call for redemption and the hope embodied in the dawn of a new day. This is the inventive sound of a band empowering itself in the face of the ups and downs it has shared with fans, “the future gazing out, the past to override”. It is a new beginning, with a new perspective and a global sound. It is so much more than “rap/rock”.
Have a second listen (or a third or fourth). Listen without judgment.
To The Members of LP:
More power to you. Keep doing what you’re doing. There are many of us fans who GET IT, and will continue to support you wherever your musical path may lead.