I was looking through some of the forums on this website about 'A Thousand Suns'. Majority of the posts on the album are negative, while very few are in favour of the album. I will again focus on the negative reviews, but in a different way. The concentration is on the lyrical content this time. I read a post by a certain user whose name I do not remember, I also forgot his comment as a whole, but I do remember basically what he was driving at. It went along the lines of:
'I'm sick of all these bands writing political lyrics, always bitching about what some government is doing to them, I don't wanna hear that. Keep your music the way it was.......''
Well, that just summed it up. Here's my response to that;
It's natural for some people to reject anything politically inclined, I am not a lover of political matters myself. But there are exceptions, and Linkin Park's music is one. Two albums and dozens of songs about angst, alienation, parental and drug problems and not fitting in at high-school are enough. Linkin Park always has a good message in their music, so I think it's time to extend that good message to what really matters in this world; War, Poverty, Hunger, Economic Calamity, Political and Social injustice. Linkin Park has done this without taking away the personal elements of the lyrics. The album can still relate to you personally if you choose to see it that way. But the idea of the lyrical content is to take the subject of the music away from ourselves and onto the world as a whole, and to relate it to people who are undergoing such malicious disasters. I don't know if you watch CNN or read about current affairs, people are ''cold and lost in desperation'', ''waiting on the edge of the unknown'', ''living under the loaded gun'' and literally suffering for ''the sins of their fathers''. There are numerous examples of such, when you look at Iraq, Afghanistan, Kosovo, Ossetia, Pakistan, Sudan and countless other countries where people suffer horrific maltreatment. I read a CNN blog about kids in Pakistan coerced and indoctrinated by the Taliban to pursue the violent and murderous path of ''The Crusade against the west'' which includes suicide bombing. It was really terrible, these kids deserve a good chance at life, they don't beg to be born yet undergo such terror at the hands of their fellow ''human beings''. That is just an example, but the main point of this post is to facilitate the lyrical content of ''A Thousand Suns''. Who knows, maybe if Osama bin Laden listened to Linkin Park and let the lyrics speak to him, 9/11 wouldn't have happened. Adolf Hitler would not have massacred six million Jewish people if he had listened to 'A Thousand Suns' and let the lyrics influence his actions.
I will close by quoting one of my favourite Nickelback songs; ''If everyone loved and nobody lied, If everyone shared and swallowed their pride, we'd see the day that nobody died.''