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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Emotional bloodletting never quite fit 30 Seconds to Mars. Perhaps it was residual prejudice from Jared Leto's status as actor-turned-musician, but they always seemed to skim the surface, even when they pushed roiling emotions to the forefront in the best traditions of grunge and screamo. When they were mining a post-grunge or nu-metal or emo vein, this was a liability, but now that they've shifted their music with the shifting times, adopting a hybrid of the Killers' retro new wave and My Chemical Romance's gothic prog, they've wound up with a sound that suits their stance. Which isn't to say that they've gotten any less ridiculous; if anything, they're more ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Emotional bloodletting never quite fit 30 Seconds to Mars. Perhaps it was residual prejudice from Jared Leto's status as actor-turned-musician, but they always seemed to skim the surface, even when they pushed roiling emotions to the forefront in the best traditions of grunge and screamo. When they were mining a post-grunge or nu-metal or emo vein, this was a liability, but now that they've shifted their music with the shifting times, adopting a hybrid of the Killers' retro new wave and My Chemical Romance's gothic prog, they've wound up with a sound that suits their stance. Which isn't to say that they've gotten any less ridiculous; if anything, they're more absurd, piling up Auto-Tuned vocals, gurgling synthesized loops, Kanye cameos, and a children's choir on almost every other song. Producers Steve Lillywhite and Flood, both veterans of U2, do give This Is War an appropriately epic scale, although "appropriate" seems an inappropriate word for such an ungainly mix of synth rock, metal, and prog, the distillation of all manner of brooding '80s teenage obsessions. What saves it from being nothing but thirtysomething wish fulfillment is that this move toward goth-glam requires 30 Seconds to emphasize hooks and gives them aural variety, which doesn't make them seem any more serious, but does make them considerably more palatable. [The 2010 reissue of the albums adds three bonus tracks, including their collaboration with Kanye West as well as covers of Kanye's "Stronger" and Lady Gaga's "Bad Romance," done for a BBC session. The set also comes with a DVD made up of videos, short films, and a documentary.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/9/2010
  • Label: Virgin Records Us
  • EAN: 5099991792129
  • Catalog Number: 17921
  • Sales rank: 13,951

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Escape (2:23)
  2. 2 Night of the Hunter (5:40)
  3. 3 Kings and Queens (5:47)
  4. 4 This Is War (5:27)
  5. 5 100 Suns (1:58)
  6. 6 Hurricane (6:12)
  7. 7 Closer to the Edge (4:33)
  8. 8 Vox Populi (5:42)
  9. 9 Search and Destroy (5:38)
  10. 10 Alibi (5:59)
  11. 11 Stranger in a Strange Land (6:54)
  12. 12 L490 (4:25)
  13. 13 Hurricane (6:10)
  14. 14 Bad Romance (4:39)
  15. 15 Stronger (6:02)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Closer to the Edge
  2. 2 The Ride (Kings And Queens)
  3. 3 Making Of Kings and Queens
  4. 4 The Into The Wild
  5. 5 The Summit
  6. 6 War Is Coming
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Thirty Seconds to Mars Primary Artist
Shannon Leto Group Member
Jared Leto Group Member
Tomo Milicevic Group Member
Technical Credits
Edwin Birdsong Composer
Flood Producer
Evren Göknar Mastering
Steve Lillywhite Producer
Stephen Marcussen Mastering
Brian Virtue Engineer
Andy Rogers Producer
Simon Askew Producer
Andrew Dawson Vocal Recording
Rob Kirwan Engineer
Ryan Williams Engineer
Kanye West Composer
Shannon Leto Composer
Jamie Hart Engineer
Joe Wohlmuth Engineer
Thirty Seconds to Mars Producer
Jared Leto Composer
Tom Biller Engineer
Matt Radosevich Engineer
Dana Nielsen Engineer
Michael Einziger Strings Orchestrator
Stefani Germanotta Composer
Nadir Khayat Composer
Andrew Doucette Pre-production Engineer
Sonny Diperri Engineer
Jamie Schefman Engineer
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