After quite a few listening from start to end, I've finally decided to write my own review of A Thousand Suns. The Requiem & The Radiance: Great start for the journey in which the band is taking us on, the female voice (aka Shinoda) sings out the verse of the first single, the main theme of the journey. The sliding into The Radience is simply too good, featuring the speech to begin the journey. 9/10 Burning in the Skies: You just feel that 'The journey begins' tone in this song, great choice of song to start the album. The flow of the song seems to be taking you to the skies, flying across mists of clouds, across the bright lights, and finally reaching far into the unknown space. 'We held our breath when the clouds began to form/ 'But you were lost in the beating of the storm' 8/10 Empty Spaces: Most people may find this interlude a bit meaningless, but if you listen again, you'll find that the interlude actually creates a war-zone kind of atmosphere for their upcoming track. 6/10 When They Come From Me: Cutting the last track off with the hat, the song begins with guitar riffs and African-like drums. Mike starts off with one of the more personal rap verses out of the album. The wordless chorus reminds me of Indian music. After the part in 2:30, the song changes to a more quiet beat, with Chester emotionally repeating 'When they come for me, I'll be gone' and ends with another Eastern influenced singing, after a short Spanish speech. 'Oh When they come for me/ Come for me/ I'll be gone' 7/10 Robot Boy: After the silence from the previous song, this song starts with a major piano melody, followed by electric beats and background choir. The chorus is constantly repeated throughout the whole song, and with both Mike singing and Chester screaming wordlessly at the end part, sliding into the Route of the Dead. This probably isn't an enjoyable song at first listen, but if upon listening again after the whole album, you'll find that the song suits right in and links the other parts of the album as a whole. 'You say/ you're not gonna fight/ 'cause no one will fight for you/ And you think/ there's not enough love/ and no one to give it to' 4/10 at first listen, now 8/10 Journada Del Muerto: The Journey of the Dead, continues the musical sense of Robot Boy with Mike singing in Japanese, of 'Lift me up/ Let me go', and carries on with an electric melody, eventually silencing to the second single of the album. '持ち上げて/ 解き放して' 8/10 Waiting for The End: Starts with a guitar riff, the tinkling bells come in followed by heavy beats. Mike raps in a reggae style, 'This is not the end, this is not the beginning' , quiets down a bit with Chester starting his soft voice, eventually followed by a catchy chorus and goes into the bridge after Mike's reggae rapping, where the song is at its mid-loudest moments. The most epic moment of the song is when Mike raps at the end, with Chester's accompany, hitting high notes and finishing the song. 'I know what it takes to move on/ I know how it feels to lie/ All I want to do is trade this life for something new/ Holding on to what I haven't got' 9/10 Blackout Starts off with fun snares and beats, Chester gave his most aggressive vocal performances, giving an interest contrast between the two. The song clams down after a heavy remix breakdown, with Mike singing softly, then joined by Chester, singing increasingly louder and finally quiets down. 'No/ you've gotta get it inside/ You push it back down/ You push it back down No' 8/10 Wretches and Kings: Begins with Mario Savio's 'Bodies Upon the Gears' speech, the song is featured with heavy guitar riff and beats. Mike's rap recalls the style of Fort Minor, while Chester sings with a very dry yet powerful tone. After a hand waving call from Mike, the powerful speech of Mario Savio's is delivered once more, creating the quiet moments to welcome the last breakdown of the song, where Joe Hahn accompanies the heavy beats with his scratching. 'Steel unload/ final blow/ We the animals take control/ Hear us now/ clear and true/ Wretches and kings we come for you' 9/10 Wisdom, Justice and Love This is probably one of the best interludes among all others in the album, with a sad piano chord played while Martin Luther King Junior delivers his speech. The voice of his slowly changes into a robot voice, where the words 'Wisdom, Justice and Love' are repeated during the silence, and moving into the next song. 10/10 Iridescent: The sad piano melody from the last track continues in this song, where Mike sings in a very soft and sad voice, followed by Chester with his chorus, which gives a feeling of encouragement to people. The best part of the song was when the music quiets down and the gang vocals began to sing in the back. This is a very good song to be performed live, you can actually imagine all fans holding hands with each other, welcoming the last chorus of the song. 'Do you feel cold and lost in desperation/ You build up hope but failure's all you've known/ Remember all the sadness and frustration/ And let it go/ Let it go' 10/10 Fallout: An eerie sound starts off at the back, introducing a robot voice of Mike, singing the lines of the first song of the album, Burning In The Skies, and then slowly fades out, creating the sense for the album's theme song. 8/10 The Catalyst: Builds up from the eerie background, electric beats and scratching are introduced to the song, with Mike singing with layered effects and Chester singing aggressively, opening the song and taking it to the next level, where the song becomes heavier and heavier throughout, reaching a bridge with electric sound influenced. The song, after Chester's one last singing of the chorus-like lines, calms down to only pianos playing, where Mike starts to sing repeatedly, 'Lift me up, Let me go'. The heavy drums by Rob came in, creating a great sense of epic-ness, and the band goes into the last climax of the album, finishing off with only electric melodies left behind, until the whole song is silenced, awaiting for the one song to end this unforgettable journey. 'When memories of cold decay/ Transmissions echoing away/ Far from the world of you and I/ Where oceans bleed into the sky' 10/10 The Messenger: The last song of the album, features Chester Bennington, of whom he cries out, aggressively yet very emotional, for love. His voice becomes more aggressive throughout the song with acoustic guitar chords and piano melodies, and ends peaceful quietly, the journey of A Thousand Suns. 'When life leaves us blind/ Love keeps us kind' 9/10 Overall rating for A Thousand Suns: 9/10 A Thousand Suns >> Meteora > Minutes To Midnight , Hybrid Theory Quoting from some reviews I've read: This is not a collection of songs, this is an album.