Like Kid A, it is so completely different from the band's previous efforts that it will almost certainly stand as the line of demarcation between everything that came before and everything that will come after. And, much like Kid A, there just aren't a whole lot of guitars on it.
I wonder how the band half of Linkin Park feels about being reduced to being session musicians, basically, for older material. I listen to the first single off A Thousand Suns and think, "If the guitarist, bassist, and drummer weren't founding members, Linkin Park could easily continue forward with just the DJ."
If: The band half of Linkin Park is Celia on Weeds
Hybrid Theory and Meteora = Agrestic seasons
Fort Minor = burning down Agrestic
Minutes to Midnight = Ren Mar seasons
A Thousand Suns = Seattle season
They've steeped the entire album in a thick coat of dread, most notably, in the use of recorded, world-weary speeches by scientist Robert Oppenheimer, political activist Mario Savio and Martin Luther King Jr.
Is Linkin Park's A Thousand Suns This Decade's Spiritual Machines? FIXED.