Linkin Park Struggling with Fans' Mixed Reactions to New Album
Linkin Park's new album, A Thousand Suns, was released this past Tuesday and the band took some time to reflect on the unique record which has some major shifts from their past sound.
Band vocalist and occasional Guitarist Mike Shinoda commented on the backlash to the changes heard on the new album.
"I think a lot of our fans have come from that more, that rock side, and they're hearing the electronic elements and they're going like, 'That sounds like, you know, rave music or whatever to me.'
"When in reality, I think people who listen to rave music are like, 'This doesn't sound like anything I've ever heard.' And that's really nice. I like that fact and I feel like it's bridging a gap, a new gap for us. But also it's just an expression for us of all the cool sounds we can make that hopefully other people have never made," said Shinoda.
Despite the unique reactions that Linkin Park is getting from their audience, the album is still expected to move anywhere from 250,000 to 260,000 copies in it's first week. This may launch them to their fourth consecutive number 1 album. Compared to Linkin Park's previous effort though, this may seem like a significant drop as Minutes To Midnight sold 623,000 in its first week.
Shinoda went to on squash claims that A Thousand Suns is their first concept album saying,
"People asked us if it's a concept record, and in the middle of the process, we were contemplating whether or not that was what we wanted to do. And I think, as we finished it, it became clear that, usually the problem with concept records is, like,the term usually refers to things like The Who's Tommy or ... rock operas and stuff like than that has a narrative. And this doesn't have a narrative; it's more abstract that that," he said.
Like them or not, Linkin Park's current single "The Catalyst", is the band's ninth No. 1 rock radio track and they recently performed that song at the 2010 MTV Video Music Awards.
Linkin Park's A Thousand Suns is in stores now: