Although rooted in alternative metal, Linkin Park became one of the most successful acts of the early 2000s by welcoming elements of hip-hop, modern rock, and atmospheric electronica into their music. The band's rise was indebted to the aggressive rap-rock movement made popular by the likes of Korn and Limp Bizkit, a movement that paired grunge's alienation with a bold, buzzing soundtrack. Linkin Park added a unique spin to that formula, however, focusing as much on the vocal interplay between singer Chester Bennington and rapper Mike Shinoda as the band's muscled instrumentation, which layered DJ effects atop heavy, processed guitars. While the group's sales never eclipsed those of its tremendously successful debut, Hybrid Theory, few alt-metal bands rivaled Linkin Park during the band's heyday.
It takes a band of real artists to make a record like this. This record is amazing, it's epic, and outstanding. If you're a fan of new, inventive, and creative music than this CD is for you. Major Linkin Park fans should also love the CD because a true major LP fan won't be shocked by the music on this record, they should know Linkin Park ALWAYS changes sounds for every CD and that they will never receive a Hybrid Theory 2. BTW, this CD is NOT pop music, though some old original fans have labeled it such.
My latest iTunes purchases for the iPad are "A Thousand Suns" Deluxe version by Linkin Park and Trace Adkins, "Cowboys Back in Town". Both albums were recently released and though they are on different ends of the political spectrum, I really enjoy listening to both. My music tastes are all over the place, and include a wide range of artists, Lenard Cohen, Calexico, Pink, Patsy Cline, Cold Play, Bob Seger and even Michael Buble & Susan Boyle among many others.