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Album Review

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.]

Customer Reviews

Simply Amazing

One of my favorite albums of all time!

Awesome

I like this version of Hurricane better than the one with Kanye, I think Mike Shinoda would have been a better choice maybe Chester Bennington to do a remix with, overall I think this is a good album

Great album!!

I don’t know why it has taken me this long to listen to this album, but my gosh it’s incredible! This is one of those albums I can listen to over and over again and it’s really rare for me to love an album that much.

This Is War, Thirty Seconds to Mars
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  • $9.99
  • Genres: Adult Alternative, Music, Rock, Alternative
  • Released: Dec 08, 2009

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