Linkin Park‘s Mike Shinoda has discussed which of the band’s albums he thinks is the most polarising.

Speaking in a new interview with Anthony Fantano, Shinoda talked about the band’s back catalogue and which one of their seven albums seems to divides fans the most.

Shinoda revealed: “‘A Thousand Suns’ which was our fourth record, it wasn’t as commercially successful as the earlier ones because nothing could be – that would be impossible.”

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He continued: “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.”

Even though the 2010 album was viewed by fans as a big change in direction and the furthest they had veered from their breakout 2000 album ‘Hybrid Theory’.

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Shinoda then talked about how fans have come around to the album. “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,” he said. “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…’ And that was part of the thing we were like, ‘Yeah, Brad [Delson] could actually play much more difficult stuff…’ But we loved how that sounded and we wanted to make stuff that a kid who couldn’t really play guitar, and he’d be like, ‘Yeah, let’s play this riff!’”

He concluded: “I appreciate that being older. I do love the idea of being in a position to maybe be a good teacher or a role model if I know something that somebody else doesn’t know.”

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Meanwhile, Mike Shinoda has shared his brand new single ‘Happy Endings’, featuring iann dior and UPSAHL.

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