Mike Shinoda Explains How Linkin Park’s ‘A Thousand Suns’ Became Fans’ Favorite Record


Linkin Park frontman Mike Shinoda spoke in a recent interview with Anthony Fantano and explained why A Thousand Suns loved by the community.

A Thousand Suns are the fourth studio album of Linkin Park that released in 2010. The album featured the singles like The Catalyst and Iridescent, and it placed second at Billboard’s US Top Hard Rock Albums year-end charts.

In the conversation, Mike mentioned that this album wasn’t as commercially successful as the earlier ones and said that it was pretty polarizing due to the processing the human fears such as nuclear warfare.

Furthermore, Mike stated that it has become the favorite album of the fans because their relationship with the band changed. Also, he pointed out that the songs are pretty easy and simple, and this is another reason why people like it so much.

Here is what Mike Shinoda said:

“’A Thousand Suns,’ which was our fourth record, it wasn’t as commercially successful as the earlier ones because nothing could be – that would be impossible.

It was very polarizing. It got one or five stars by everybody, so we ended up with three-star ratings all over the board because half the people hated it with all of their heart and soul.

And now we’re at a point where if you ask the average person who’s relatively familiar with the band what their favorite record is, a lot of them say that one. It’s changed, the whole relationship with the band has changed.”

He continued:

“People go, like, ‘Man, that was like the first album I ever bought, that’s how I learned to play guitar! And then I moved on to guitar that was harder…’

And that was part of the thing we were like, ‘Yeah, Brad could actually play much more difficult stuff…’ But we loved how that sounded and we wanted to make stuff that a kid who couldn’t really play guitar, and he’d be like, ‘Yeah, let’s play this riff!’

I appreciate that being older, I do love the idea of being in a position to maybe be a good teacher or a role model if I know something that somebody else doesn’t know.”

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