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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
It's easy to take potshots at actors turned musicians, since it often seems like the actors are taking advantage of their celebrity by turning into recording stars. This ignores two facts: first, often these actors have been playing music for as long as they've been acting; and second, who's to say that these critics, if put in the same position, wouldn't take advantage of their celebrity to pursue their dream projects? In the case of 30 Seconds to Mars, the metallic post-grunge quartet led by Jared Leto after all these years, still best-known as Jordan Catalano on the alt rock-era TV series My So-Called Life, although he has been excellent in Darren Aronofsky's Requiem for a Dream and David Fincher's Fight Club and Panic Room, as well, these actor-turned-musician arguments don't really matter since, by any measure, the band is quite awful. A melange of U2 atmospherics, grunge angst, gothic brooding, and metal guitars, the band floats out of time, inspired heavily by '90s alt rock but too clean, heavy, and facile to truly be part of that tradition, yet too indebted to the past to sound like part of the 2000s, either. Their second album, 2005's A Beautiful Lie -- whose title is uncomfortably close to Nine Inch Nails' "Terrible Lie" and is most likely not borrowed from the Amazing Rhythm Aces' 1975 song of the same name, either -- is a little tighter and more streamlined than their eponymous 2002 debut, but the basic angst-ridden rock remains the same. Leto isn't a terrible singer -- a little too breathy at times and a little too inclined to dive into a full-throated scream, but not terrible -- and the bandmembers are capable enough at shifting from tense quiet verses to piledriving, heavy choruses, but they borrow the worst habits from all their favorite groups, and then assemble them in insufferably earnest fashion, playing clichés as if they were revelations. It's a bleak yet hammy collection of self-absorbed gloom-rock, a record where an allusion to the title of the Cure's "Just Like Heaven" is treated as something soul-searching and profound of course, it does hurt that A Beautiful Lie is being released just a month before "Just Like Heaven" is being borrowed for the title of a Reese Witherspoon romantic comedy. It's clear that Leto and the rest of 30 Seconds to Mars really mean it, man -- this is as earnest as an emo record gets. [This CD/DVD edition features one bonus track and includes video of the band's MTV 2 Greatest Moments, a "making of the video" documentary and a music video -- whoopee!!]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 12/5/2006
  • Label: Virgin Records Us
  • UPC: 094638454526
  • Catalog Number: 84545

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Attack
  2. 2 A Beautiful Lie
  3. 3 The Kill
  4. 4 Was It a Dream?
  5. 5 The Fantasy
  6. 6 Savior
  7. 7 From Yesterday
  8. 8 The Story
  9. 9 R-Evolve
  10. 10 A Modern Myth
  11. 11 Battle of One
  12. 12 Hunter
  13. 13 The Kill (Rebirth)
Disc 2
  1. 1 The Kill
  2. 2 The Making of the Kill
  3. 3 The International Music Feed Interview
  4. 4 Attack
  5. 5 The Kill
  6. 6 The Fantasy
  7. 7 T-Minus Rock Interview
  8. 8 Red Carpet Arrival
  9. 9 MTV2 Award Acceptance Speech
  10. 10 MTV2 $2Bill Internet Promo
  11. 11 MTV2 $2Bill Pre-Sale Tour Promo
  12. 12 MTV2 $2Bill Ticket Sale Tour Promo
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Thirty Seconds to Mars Primary Artist
Matt Serletic Piano
Caroline Campbell Violin
Shannon Leto Group Member
James Freebarin-Smith Cello
Jared Leto Group Member
Oliver Goldstein Synthesizer
Neel Hammond Violin
Tomo Milicevic Group Member
Matt Wachter Group Member
Technical Credits
Louie Teran Mastering
Brian Virtue Producer, Engineer
Ryan Williams Engineer
Josh Abraham Producer
Thirty Seconds to Mars Composer
Jared Leto Composer, String Arrangements
Jeremy Rubolino Programming
Wataru Hokoyama String Arrangements
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Best CD! Addictive as Hell.

    Sophomore album from 30 seconds to MARS. I recommend this one and their DEBUT album Capricorn. BOTH ARE GREAT. and my name is on this cd cover!!! wooo hoo MARS ARMY

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    30 Seconds to Mars rules!!!

    30STM is one of the best bands! They have evolved into this big, epic band who's music is so emotional and beautiful and great and very hard to describe! In one word its AWESOME!!!

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