Looking back over the band's seven-album discography, Mike Shinoda has called A Thousand Suns Linkin Park's most "polarising" record.
In an excellent, lengthy interview with Anthony Fantano (check it out below), Mike says the California nu-metallers' fourth LP hadn't been "as commercially successful" at the time of release in 2010, following 2000 debut Hybrid Theory, 2003's Meteora and 2007's Minutes To Midnight. "Nothing could be," the musician says (transcription via Ultimate Guitar). "That would be impossible."
Mike continues: "It was very polarising. 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."
Of how things have changed with A Thousand Suns in the decade-plus since, however, he adds, "And now we're at a point where if you ask the average person who's relatively familiar with the band what their favourite record is, a lot of them say that one. It's changed, the whole relationship with the band has changed. 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…'