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30 Seconds To Mars: A Beautiful LieA Beautiful Lie (2005)
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On the first record I created a world, then hid behind it. With 'A Beaitful Lie,' it was time to take a more personal and less cerebral approach. Although this record is still full of conceptual elements and thematic ideas it is ultimately much more wrapped around the heart than the head. It's about.
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On the first record I created a world, then hid behind it. With 'A Beaitful Lie,' it was time to take a more personal and less cerebral approach. Although this record is still full of conceptual elements and thematic ideas it is ultimately much more wrapped around the heart than the head. It's about brutal honesty, growth, change. It's an incredibly intimate look into a life that is in the crossraods. A raw emotional journey. A story of life, love, death, pain, joy, and passion. Of what it is to be human.
I could not think of a more pretentious and jerky way of viewing your own music. But what do you really expect from Jared Leto? I prefer my music to be made by musicians rather than movie stars. Regardless, this steaming pile of bullshit has nothing to do with punk, indie, hardcore, or anything else tied into this website. I've actually stumbled upon something that is less relevant to this website than my Wu-Tang review.

30 Seconds To Mars is nothing more than shitty, modern radio rock fodder. This is nothing new, it never will be, and it will sell thousands of copies. Why? Because the American public is full of dumbshits who have no clue about music, and this guy is a movie star. There are plenty of other crossover movie stars into the music industry. And that's exactly how I view this band. Yes, it is true, I put 30 Seconds To Mars on the same level as Hilary Duff and Lindsay Lohan and all those.

 

 
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lauren980101 (August 17, 2010)

12 years after forming his band, Jared Leto is one of the most successful actors who have entered the music industry ever. You have no fucking idea how successful his band are. They didn't have a number one hit and then dissapear. Look at their latest 'this is war' tour...crazy sellouts. You basically predicted they would be a failure, well look at them now.

lauren980101 (August 17, 2010)

12 years after forming his band, Jared Leto is one of the most successful actors who have entered the music industry ever. You have no fucking idea how successful his band are. They didn't have a number one hit and then dissapear. Look at their latest 'this is war' tour...crazy sellouts. You basically predicted they would be a failure, well look at them now.

lauren980101 (August 17, 2010)

Okay fucker,
No. 1: Jared Leto will be more successful then you'll ever be.
No. 2: 30 Seconds to Mars is a different band to the other cliched punk bands out there. Have you listened to every song og the album? Have you listened to any of their songs? You've obviously missed the point, dumbass.

MrFlopz (July 29, 2009)

This is the worst review I've ever had the misfortune of reading. All it said was "30 Secinds two Marz sux bcuz leto is a acter!" Why don't you move past that and actually analyze the quality of the music. A beatiful Lie is nothing revolutionary but its still pretty damn good. I don't see how you became a reviewer for this site if this biased load of bullshit is your excuse for a review. I doubt you've even listened to a single song by this band. I like every song on this album.... except for hunter. Hunter blows but the rest is great. Especially From Yesterday. Grow up and learn how to write a real review.

KungPowza (September 26, 2008)

Whether or not you like the album or not, this review is just plain shitty. I don't care if you thought the album was shit dude, but learn how to fucking write reviews. A review should be made up of more than a few sentences saying "yeah these guys totally suck balls!!1!1!!"

Score is for the review.

Oh yeah, and the album is decent.

DrBino (February 28, 2008)

Right on Jessie. This shit makes me fucking sick. This album is about as good as a 1 legged man in an arse kicking contest. Cant believe they're headling give it a name tour, what a joke.

Ravnos (October 9, 2007)

It's hilarious to see the "people who liked this also liked:" for this review. It's like an unending shit parade.

Silas (September 15, 2007)

Has anyone else noticed that people who defend these radio-trash groups and state that their "music" "saved their lives" are at a complete and utter loss for the ability to make an even decently-worded or well-placed argument, and instead rely on unintelligible banter that is mostly misspelled and vulgar?

It is kind of amusing.
And I stress the "kind of" portion of that.

But then again, this webite is for reviews and information.
The opinions of it's posters pertain as much to the site as the posters themselves do to life.

I found this album at a complete lack for anything more than cookie-cutter lyrics, cheap and recycled guitar work, and just a lackluster drive in general.

Although, I will admit that as a live band, as I had the misfortune to witness their performance, the drummer seemed to show some signs of life and talent.

But I happily say that this is the highlight of anything I have seen so far, and will most likely ever see from this band.

And Jared Leto really needs to step (or plummet) down off of his high horse into the muddy waters of reality.
Cease the pretentious, elitist, asshole-ish persona that you have built up because you believe yourself to be a talented frontman, actor, and/or vocalist.
You are none of the listed.
Looks that appeal to fourteen year old "punk rocker" teenagers and a falsely built acting career can only get you so far in this business, friend.

djae (August 18, 2007)

this album, band, jared, tomo, shannon and matt
FUCKEN AWESOME!!!
i mean fuck all you people you say jared is a gay movie star who can sing for shit??
do you know what he has been through to get into the music business???
they grew up extreamly poor and had a tough journey ahead of them, i think jared is an amazing kid just to get this far.
they are damn good musicians,
trust me i have seen them live..they are freakin amazing and fuck can jared sing!!!
and they stay back and take time to meet the fans and help out
i mean what the fuck do you do ??? sit on your arse and bag out people because there better then you???
THIS ALBUM THIS BAND THESE GUYS ROCK
fuck you not belivers
PROVHITO IN ATLUM

couraegous (May 27, 2007)

what is it with these reviewers? why are the ones who review the ones who don't like the music? wtfff let someone who LIKES the music review it for a change. who gives a shit what jared said about his album; it's good music. just ignore him and listen. good lord people, grow the hell up.

Anonymous (May 10, 2007)

If you like a penis being repeatedly inserted into your ass then this band is five star shit.

RolitaViv (April 26, 2007)

ok so who ever wrote dis doesnt koe anything about music how can u say that 30 seconds to mars sux.. if u think that den u try it and youll see dat your da one dat suxx and u have no good music sence..

punkdude89 (April 16, 2007)

dude, how can you possibly say that 30 seconds suxxx....i mean, of course they're not like the ramones or the clash, but that doesn't mean they do bad music, they are just not punk...even knowing this is a punk website i think you should tolerate more and say less bullshit...30 seconds is good

Anonymous (April 1, 2007)

their album its amazing i love all of their songs... jared leto pretty amazing and his so hot...

life-is-fucking-joke (February 15, 2007)

i love this band there m azing they give my band insperation

life-is-fucking-joke (February 15, 2007)

i love this band there m azing they give my band insperation

BisonChris (November 19, 2006)

good review, shitty band, 'nuff said

bloodcolon (November 9, 2006)

Yes, Jared Leto is a doush bag. and his music is NOT punk. Neither is half the bands on punknews. It's alternitive, but it's one of the best alt. bands I've heard in awile. Don't compare alt. bands to Britney spears Pop crap. I wouldnt recommend seeing this panzy in concert but the album is acceptable. I also got into the band before I knew it was Leto doing vocals. But this review is total crap. Remove the band cuz it's not punk but don't trash talk them because it's a actor, I don't think the reviewer even listened to the music. Please remove the carrots from your asshole before you write a review

Pestilence (November 9, 2006)

Ok, I heard 30 sec. music BEFORE I knew they had an actor in the group, and I loved it. If you ignorant bastards could look past WHO is playing and hear the music... It's comparable to Alice in chains or 7 dust. SO: if you are trying to compare them to Actors turned musicians, they are the Tippy top of that food chain, unaprochable by ANY actor band. If you compare them to... say... TOOL or whatever the hell YOUR favorite band is... thats why I gave them an 8.
Jared whateverhisnameis... Apologises for not BASHING HIS OWN FRICKING RECORD!! Noone DISLIKES their own music moron! How's the wind up there on your High horse reviewer bastich.

wallofyouth (November 3, 2006)

i thought that was a fine review

Forever_I_Die (July 9, 2006)

This was a god awful review!!! If your not going to review a record, give it a fair chance. 30 seconds to mars might not be the best band ever, but i can say that all the members of the band are better people than the SHIT HEAD who wrote this review!

Anonymous (June 16, 2006)

HAHAHAHA, OK, OK, it was funny for a while, but aren't their 15 minutes up now?

vaginalinferno (February 15, 2006)

this is a crappy review. i'm not a big fan of this band, its pretty basic rockin stuff with catchy almost too-good vocalage, the kill and attack are catchy songs that i have enjoyed at one time or another, but not enough to really buy the album.
I think you reviewers need to try to be a little less opinionated and maybe go ahead and use some musical terms when you're reviewing a cd.

lets not give them too much credit though, cmon you suckups, its nothing groundbreaking and you know it

Anonymous (January 19, 2006)

If you hate 30 Seconds to Mars because you have some kind of bias against Jared Leto, you are truly ignorant. There are two CD's chock full of beautiful, invigorating, and spectacular musicianship. You can't base your opinion off of one of the members of the band, or one single of their music. Radio stations don't play the songs that actually represent the band. Attack and Capricorn are great songs, but you have to look deeper before being dismissive.

Listen to these songs and tell me that 30 Seconds to Mars is generic and overproduced: Buddha for Mary, Fallen, Echelon, Welcome to the Universe, The Kill, The Fantasy, and Battle of One (download it if you won't be bothered buying the CD).

Then tell me why each song is generic/overproduced/shitty.

You want to compare the band to Hilary Duff, be my guest. But using that as an argument to question the band's credibility? Are you... stupid? Compare them to some other real bands. Take in to account Shannon and Tomo and Matt too. Have you ever met Jared outside of concert? Bring up acting around him and see what happens.

Oh yeah... and punk? Nah. It's not punk. You can't put it in a category so simply, especially not "Space Rock" or whatever they were calling it back in 2002.

Anonymous (December 14, 2005)

out of everyone ive heard jared leto can by far sing the best listening to their music is like watching movies i tell everyone about them ....... from Josh Buck

soulbleed (September 4, 2005)

ALL MUSIC GUIDE
30 Seconds to Mars amassed quite a tsunami of industry buzz well before they had finished recording their self-titled debut, and for good reason. Their debut album is a cataclysmic car crash of progressive rock experimentation that draws on influences as far ranging as Pink Floyd, Rush, and Brian Eno. Keenly piecing together an intergalactic tapestry that harbors elements of industrial, prog rock, and modern alternative, 30 Seconds to Mars ventures well beyond the average boundaries other rock acts choose to limit themselves to. In doing so, these men have taken a daring new step in musical evolution, leaving vast corridors of sound open for the listener to meander down at will. Vocally, 30 Seconds to Mars proceeds to uncover new avenues of melody that such legendary singers as Bono and John Lennon surely helped inspire, yet the passion and heart that radiate from every miniscule whisper or gut-wrenching wail are breathtaking. These mesmerizing vocals are accompanied by some of the most awe-inspiring feats of musical expression captured on record since humans set foot on the moon. Lyrically, 30 Seconds to Mars escapes from the doldrums of introverted self-pity that are common for the modern rock landscape and instead offers an intriguing portrait of a futuristic existence. These space-age themes compliment the group's advanced musical achievements wonderfully. 30 Seconds to Mars has managed to record an album that breathes life into the empty shell that corporate rock has become, and in reanimating an avenue of musical expression that has for many years been on its deathbed, has quite possibly offered the single best rock experience of 2002.

AMG has since renigged this review and changed it to reflect a more um, harsh, time and they changed the rating from 4.5 to 2. No idea why, this band is really good.

Anonymous (September 4, 2005)

Hey Dante!

I'm not angry about you. Like you say, it's your sense of humour. I didn't have understand all you say but I accept your apologize. It's the first time I speak to people living in America and I think that's cool to speak about music comming from your country. ( Even if we don't have the same opinion ;-) )

Goobye!

Jay

Anonymous (September 3, 2005)

Sorry for double post

Anonymous (September 3, 2005)

...And I can give you 200 more critics if you want. They can express the ideas correctly in their reviews since they are NOT AMATEUR REVIEWERS like you, taking as main point of your "review" that the album is shit because Jared Leto is an actor. Very mature.

A BEAUTIFUL LIE REVIEWS:

TROUBLE BUNCH MUSIC
A Beautiful Lie transcends genres. 30 sonically pushes the limits so that they become of those bands whose sound refuses to be summed up in a word or simple phrase. They successfully blend technology with the humane (voice, fingers on strings, drumsticks in hands) as heard in the beginning bars of the album's first single, "Attack," beeping effects are joined by drums and voice to create a hyperactive burst of sound. The mixture of the beeping effect and Leto's use of different tones during the chorus effectively create a tense atmosphere. The smooth effect on vocals during "Your promises, they look like lies. Your honesty's like a back that hides a knife. I promise you, I promise you "leads to a full-on yell of: "I am finally free!" And, as you sing along maybe you'll realize something about yourself and the world around you.

TRANSFORM ONLINE
Jared Leto-fronted or not: a pretty damn good band. For the haters: Let's pretend 30 Seconds To Mars aren't fronted by Jared Leto, every female Generation X-er's first rock 'n' roll imaginary boyfriend (thanks to his turn as Jordan Catalano on My So-Called Life). Okay, you ready? Great. Now, see, isn't A Beautiful Lie pretty damn good? Thought so. The guitars are tight, the vocals screamo goodness, the rhythm section kicking, and the production pitch-perfect. Don't you think it's time for you to get over whatever problem you have with the frontman and embrace a pretty damn good band making pretty damn good music?

ROCK IS LIFE
The album‚??s first radio single ‚??Attack‚?Ě has a great prog-rock style keyboard intro that repeats at various points in the song. Leto‚??s vocals go from subtle to in-your-face, as does the guitar riffs. The lyrics are highly emotional and earnest in their delivery. ‚??A Beautiful Lie‚?Ě is full of low musical valleys and high crescendo peaks, as Jared expresses his feelings about the silly games people in relationships play. The chorus section of ‚??The Kill‚?Ě is so entrancing that it simply cannot be ignored. The combination of driving guitars and powerful vocals are sure to captivate you. ‚??The Fantasy‚?Ě is lead by a subtle, but effective lick that alternates with jarring riffage. Leto restrains his voice for the most part, but lets loose on the choruses. His brother Shannon lays down some notable drum beats during the call and response breakdown. My favorite track from this album is ‚??From Yesterday‚?Ě. The song builds and builds with such anticipation that when everything kicks in, it catches you off guard. Progressive elements and watery guitar tones dominate on ‚??The Story‚?Ě. Lyrically, I think that Leto is giving his fans a little insight to his life.

T-TOWNMUSIC
We‚??ve all seen it, the actor/actress attempt at crossing over into the music industry. Most if not all times is it ever successful or musically pleasing. Jared Leto, and 30 Seconds To Mars could be an exception. In a world of carbon copy bands, overly produced music, and image selling everything it becomes a breath of fresh air to find something that doesn‚??t come close to ‚??typical‚?Ě. After releasing their self titled debut album on Virgin Records in 2002, they‚??re ready to show us a more musically intimate side with their upcoming disc ‚??A Beautiful Lie‚?Ě. There is an obvious musical growth between ‚??A Beautiful Lie‚?Ě and the previous self titled record. Sometimes they say ‚??If it‚??s not broken don‚??t fix it‚?Ě but in this case for 30 Seconds To Mars, this change was for the best. With a more open outlook on the writing and musical process the CD takes you on a journey of what life is about, touching base with every human emotion and the situations we face on a daily basis. The lyrical content has a lot of heart, which is something that truly grabbed my attention. Opening up the album is their current single, ‚??Attack‚?Ě which you may be familiar with due to the air play it‚??s receiving on some radio stations around the country. 30 Seconds To Mars wrote forty songs for the upcoming release but narrowed it down to ten that actually made the album. It‚??s a rare find when you can listen to a CD without having to skip a track, and with ‚??A Beautiful Lie‚?Ě I found that rarity. I have an individual love for each song on the album, yet there are still a few that I would consider more of a ‚??favorite‚?Ě one being, track four ‚??Was It A Dream?‚?Ě. In the end I don‚??t think there is one thing that I could even come close to disliking about this CD. This is one album that I can say will be included in my list of favorites to come out this year so far. Impressed you ask? More like beyond impressed. I highly suggest picking up ‚??A Beautiful Lie‚?Ě when it hits stores on August 30th also be sure to check out 30 Seconds To Mars on tour this summer.

RED ROOM
30 Seconds to Mars' self-titled 2002 debut established the group as a fresh, new force, revealing a multi-faceted outfit that thrives on creative exploration and escape. And for their follow-up, A Beautiful Lie, frontman Jared Leto wanted to explore an entirely new, far more confessional sonic landscape. The results are transcendent. The first single, "Attack," is a dynamic expression of rebirth and renewal that features energetic keyboards, vast, abrasive guitars, and infectious vocals that soar from a pain-stricken wail to an intimate whisper. "The Kill" is more reflective, driven by beautifully complex guitars and a primal beat that segue into an epic, anthemic refrain, and "Was it a Dream" is an intimate, melodic, and surreal experience, pulsing with a moody rhythm that's equally redolent of the Cure and U2.

MTV
30 Seconds To Mars' Jared Leto Succeeds Where Keanu And Crowe Failed. Jared Leto is not the first actor to launch a career in rock and roll, but somehow he's managed to be the only one audiences don't laugh off the stage. Not that 30 Seconds to Mars are the sort of band everyone's going to like right off the bat. In fact, if anything, the group's first album was far more accessible than the more progressive, guttural, totally stripped-down A Beautiful Lie. But the band ‚?? rounded out by Leto's brother Shannon on drums, guitarist Tomo Milicevic and bassist Matt Wachter ‚?? at least brings something unique and experimental to the proverbial table, Leto said, rather than the staid, formulaic rock of his fellow actors' outfits.

DAWGNET
30 Seconds to Mars Revolutionize Modern Rock
On the their first self-titled release, 30STM worked with Bob Ezrin, who produced albums for Pink Floyd, Kiss, and Alice Cooper. The second time around, 30STM created an entirely different kind of musical masterpiece with the help of Josh Abraham, Virgin Records Vice President and producer of Velvet Revolver‚??s record. The journey these guys traveled was long, literally, but worthwhile. The writing process alone took over two years, spanned five different countries on four different continents, all culminating with nine-months of recording in LA, NYC, and South Africa. "A Beautiful Lie‚?Ě delivers a complete package that captivates the listener. It tells stories of life and the changes and hardships one encounters along the way. The first track and single ‚??Attack‚?Ě delivers a punch before you even know what hit you. There is a predominant reference to lies throughout the entire album. The lyrics are personal and the music, addictive.

SELF-TITLE DEBUT ALBUM REVIEWS:

KLUDGE
Perhaps they have said it best themselves: ‚??It‚??s not a matter of luck, it‚??s just a matter of time.‚?Ě A theme statement for the generic category that alternative bands could easily fall into, should they not be cast into the proper spotlight. The challenge for 30 Seconds to Mars is to prove that luck has zero to do with it, and that their time is now.
The entire project as a whole is top-heavy, with the strengths of the album crammed tightly into the first five songs. Leading off with the first single, "Capricorn", the band tears away sonically through an amazing line-up of designer mosh-pit songs. "Edge of the Earth," and "Fallen," both worthy follow-ups to "Capricorn," lead into the two absolute gems of the album: "Oblivion" and "Buddha for Mary."

ALL MUSIC GUIDE
30 Seconds to Mars amassed quite a tsunami of industry buzz well before they had finished recording their self-titled debut, and for good reason. Their debut album is a cataclysmic car crash of progressive rock experimentation that draws on influences as far ranging as Pink Floyd, Rush, and Brian Eno. Keenly piecing together an intergalactic tapestry that harbors elements of industrial, prog rock, and modern alternative, 30 Seconds to Mars ventures well beyond the average boundaries other rock acts choose to limit themselves to. In doing so, these men have taken a daring new step in musical evolution, leaving vast corridors of sound open for the listener to meander down at will. Vocally, 30 Seconds to Mars proceeds to uncover new avenues of melody that such legendary singers as Bono and John Lennon surely helped inspire, yet the passion and heart that radiate from every miniscule whisper or gut-wrenching wail are breathtaking. These mesmerizing vocals are accompanied by some of the most awe-inspiring feats of musical expression captured on record since humans set foot on the moon. Lyrically, 30 Seconds to Mars escapes from the doldrums of introverted self-pity that are common for the modern rock landscape and instead offers an intriguing portrait of a futuristic existence. These space-age themes compliment the group's advanced musical achievements wonderfully. 30 Seconds to Mars has managed to record an album that breathes life into the empty shell that corporate rock has become, and in reanimating an avenue of musical expression that has for many years been on its deathbed, has quite possibly offered the single best rock experience of 2002.

MARSDUST
Rock Gods of War
Space, symbols, and synth-rock imbue the metaphoric musical world of 30 Seconds To Mars
With quotes from Sun-Tzu‚??s The Art of War murmuring on a ‚??hidden track‚?Ě in 30 Seconds To Mars‚?? self-titled debut CD, you might think the enigmatic musicians take themselves a bit too seriously. Yet in a Toronto radio interview last year, the lead singer/composer/guitarist declared, ‚??We‚??ve been frequently compared to Menudo, and we love that.‚?Ě In fact, critics have compared them more often to Tool and Pink Floyd, with perhaps a mix of Smashing Pumpkins, but who‚??s keeping track?
Their album lends itself to an overall impression, with no one-trick-pony singles that might overshadow the rest ‚?? a book of soundscapes that tell a complete story when taken as a whole instead of judged on individual chapters. Listening to it from the beginning track, Capricorn, to the final offering of Year Zero, you get the distinct sense that for the duration (11 songs at almost an hour) you are in a decidedly different world, whether physical or inner. The layered vocals range from intimate whispers to soaring screams, lyrically blindsiding with lines like these from Buddha For Mary: ‚??He said, Can you hear me are you sleeping? / She said, Will you rape me now? ... He said, Leave the politics to madmen / She said, I believe your lies...‚?Ě
In Edge of the Earth, the second released single, consonant rhyme gives way to fluid assonance: ‚??You know enough to know the way / Six billion people just one name / I found tomorrow in today / Apocalyptic and insane, my dreams will never change...‚?Ě Dream-driven abstract concepts rooted in precise vocabulary saturate the songs, like in 93 Million Miles: ‚??Where does your garden grow? / Tell me the secrets that you know /Another time, another place / Where are the holy ones? / Selling the secret to the sun / Welcome to the universe...‚?Ě And in The End of the Beginning: ‚??It's the end here today / But I will build a new beginning / Take some time, find a place / And I will start my own religion / As the day divides the night / Here we are searching for a sign...‚?Ě
Combine these words with an infusion of pounding bass, sensory guitars, ambient synths and complicated drum work (electronic or no), and it takes quite a few turns before you think you‚??ve heard most of what is actually there. Even then, I suggest experiencing the music through headphones because you might yet be pleasantly surprised. And with the enhanced CD (containing a Capricorn full song flash ecard, label information and behind-the-stage footage ‚?? these guys take their handycams everywhere they go) priced under $12, it‚??s a definite steal.
While radio-easy, generic rock music plods along with whiplash from the grunge era, fronting singers that sound too much like Eddie Vedder with a head cold or Layne Staley resurrected, 30 Seconds To Mars defies the trend by stepping out ahead of it and into the future, giving music fans something original to enjoy right now.

Anonymous (September 3, 2005)

...And I can give you 200 more critics if you want. They can express the ideas correctly in their reviews since they are NOT AMATEUR REVIEWERS like you, taking as main point of your "review" that the album is shit because Jared Leto is an actor. Very mature.

A BEAUTIFUL LIE REVIEWS:

TROUBLE BUNCH MUSIC
A Beautiful Lie transcends genres. 30 sonically pushes the limits so that they become of those bands whose sound refuses to be summed up in a word or simple phrase. They successfully blend technology with the humane (voice, fingers on strings, drumsticks in hands) as heard in the beginning bars of the album's first single, "Attack," beeping effects are joined by drums and voice to create a hyperactive burst of sound. The mixture of the beeping effect and Leto's use of different tones during the chorus effectively create a tense atmosphere. The smooth effect on vocals during "Your promises, they look like lies. Your honesty's like a back that hides a knife. I promise you, I promise you "leads to a full-on yell of: "I am finally free!" And, as you sing along maybe you'll realize something about yourself and the world around you.

TRANSFORM ONLINE
Jared Leto-fronted or not: a pretty damn good band. For the haters: Let's pretend 30 Seconds To Mars aren't fronted by Jared Leto, every female Generation X-er's first rock 'n' roll imaginary boyfriend (thanks to his turn as Jordan Catalano on My So-Called Life). Okay, you ready? Great. Now, see, isn't A Beautiful Lie pretty damn good? Thought so. The guitars are tight, the vocals screamo goodness, the rhythm section kicking, and the production pitch-perfect. Don't you think it's time for you to get over whatever problem you have with the frontman and embrace a pretty damn good band making pretty damn good music?

ROCK IS LIFE
The album‚??s first radio single ‚??Attack‚?Ě has a great prog-rock style keyboard intro that repeats at various points in the song. Leto‚??s vocals go from subtle to in-your-face, as does the guitar riffs. The lyrics are highly emotional and earnest in their delivery. ‚??A Beautiful Lie‚?Ě is full of low musical valleys and high crescendo peaks, as Jared expresses his feelings about the silly games people in relationships play. The chorus section of ‚??The Kill‚?Ě is so entrancing that it simply cannot be ignored. The combination of driving guitars and powerful vocals are sure to captivate you. ‚??The Fantasy‚?Ě is lead by a subtle, but effective lick that alternates with jarring riffage. Leto restrains his voice for the most part, but lets loose on the choruses. His brother Shannon lays down some notable drum beats during the call and response breakdown. My favorite track from this album is ‚??From Yesterday‚?Ě. The song builds and builds with such anticipation that when everything kicks in, it catches you off guard. Progressive elements and watery guitar tones dominate on ‚??The Story‚?Ě. Lyrically, I think that Leto is giving his fans a little insight to his life.

T-TOWNMUSIC
We‚??ve all seen it, the actor/actress attempt at crossing over into the music industry. Most if not all times is it ever successful or musically pleasing. Jared Leto, and 30 Seconds To Mars could be an exception. In a world of carbon copy bands, overly produced music, and image selling everything it becomes a breath of fresh air to find something that doesn‚??t come close to ‚??typical‚?Ě. After releasing their self titled debut album on Virgin Records in 2002, they‚??re ready to show us a more musically intimate side with their upcoming disc ‚??A Beautiful Lie‚?Ě. There is an obvious musical growth between ‚??A Beautiful Lie‚?Ě and the previous self titled record. Sometimes they say ‚??If it‚??s not broken don‚??t fix it‚?Ě but in this case for 30 Seconds To Mars, this change was for the best. With a more open outlook on the writing and musical process the CD takes you on a journey of what life is about, touching base with every human emotion and the situations we face on a daily basis. The lyrical content has a lot of heart, which is something that truly grabbed my attention. Opening up the album is their current single, ‚??Attack‚?Ě which you may be familiar with due to the air play it‚??s receiving on some radio stations around the country. 30 Seconds To Mars wrote forty songs for the upcoming release but narrowed it down to ten that actually made the album. It‚??s a rare find when you can listen to a CD without having to skip a track, and with ‚??A Beautiful Lie‚?Ě I found that rarity. I have an individual love for each song on the album, yet there are still a few that I would consider more of a ‚??favorite‚?Ě one being, track four ‚??Was It A Dream?‚?Ě. In the end I don‚??t think there is one thing that I could even come close to disliking about this CD. This is one album that I can say will be included in my list of favorites to come out this year so far. Impressed you ask? More like beyond impressed. I highly suggest picking up ‚??A Beautiful Lie‚?Ě when it hits stores on August 30th also be sure to check out 30 Seconds To Mars on tour this summer.

RED ROOM
30 Seconds to Mars' self-titled 2002 debut established the group as a fresh, new force, revealing a multi-faceted outfit that thrives on creative exploration and escape. And for their follow-up, A Beautiful Lie, frontman Jared Leto wanted to explore an entirely new, far more confessional sonic landscape. The results are transcendent. The first single, "Attack," is a dynamic expression of rebirth and renewal that features energetic keyboards, vast, abrasive guitars, and infectious vocals that soar from a pain-stricken wail to an intimate whisper. "The Kill" is more reflective, driven by beautifully complex guitars and a primal beat that segue into an epic, anthemic refrain, and "Was it a Dream" is an intimate, melodic, and surreal experience, pulsing with a moody rhythm that's equally redolent of the Cure and U2.

MTV
30 Seconds To Mars' Jared Leto Succeeds Where Keanu And Crowe Failed. Jared Leto is not the first actor to launch a career in rock and roll, but somehow he's managed to be the only one audiences don't laugh off the stage. Not that 30 Seconds to Mars are the sort of band everyone's going to like right off the bat. In fact, if anything, the group's first album was far more accessible than the more progressive, guttural, totally stripped-down A Beautiful Lie. But the band ‚?? rounded out by Leto's brother Shannon on drums, guitarist Tomo Milicevic and bassist Matt Wachter ‚?? at least brings something unique and experimental to the proverbial table, Leto said, rather than the staid, formulaic rock of his fellow actors' outfits.

DAWGNET
30 Seconds to Mars Revolutionize Modern Rock
On the their first self-titled release, 30STM worked with Bob Ezrin, who produced albums for Pink Floyd, Kiss, and Alice Cooper. The second time around, 30STM created an entirely different kind of musical masterpiece with the help of Josh Abraham, Virgin Records Vice President and producer of Velvet Revolver‚??s record. The journey these guys traveled was long, literally, but worthwhile. The writing process alone took over two years, spanned five different countries on four different continents, all culminating with nine-months of recording in LA, NYC, and South Africa. "A Beautiful Lie‚?Ě delivers a complete package that captivates the listener. It tells stories of life and the changes and hardships one encounters along the way. The first track and single ‚??Attack‚?Ě delivers a punch before you even know what hit you. There is a predominant reference to lies throughout the entire album. The lyrics are personal and the music, addictive.

SELF-TITLE DEBUT ALBUM REVIEWS:

KLUDGE
Perhaps they have said it best themselves: ‚??It‚??s not a matter of luck, it‚??s just a matter of time.‚?Ě A theme statement for the generic category that alternative bands could easily fall into, should they not be cast into the proper spotlight. The challenge for 30 Seconds to Mars is to prove that luck has zero to do with it, and that their time is now.
The entire project as a whole is top-heavy, with the strengths of the album crammed tightly into the first five songs. Leading off with the first single, "Capricorn", the band tears away sonically through an amazing line-up of designer mosh-pit songs. "Edge of the Earth," and "Fallen," both worthy follow-ups to "Capricorn," lead into the two absolute gems of the album: "Oblivion" and "Buddha for Mary."

ALL MUSIC GUIDE
30 Seconds to Mars amassed quite a tsunami of industry buzz well before they had finished recording their self-titled debut, and for good reason. Their debut album is a cataclysmic car crash of progressive rock experimentation that draws on influences as far ranging as Pink Floyd, Rush, and Brian Eno. Keenly piecing together an intergalactic tapestry that harbors elements of industrial, prog rock, and modern alternative, 30 Seconds to Mars ventures well beyond the average boundaries other rock acts choose to limit themselves to. In doing so, these men have taken a daring new step in musical evolution, leaving vast corridors of sound open for the listener to meander down at will. Vocally, 30 Seconds to Mars proceeds to uncover new avenues of melody that such legendary singers as Bono and John Lennon surely helped inspire, yet the passion and heart that radiate from every miniscule whisper or gut-wrenching wail are breathtaking. These mesmerizing vocals are accompanied by some of the most awe-inspiring feats of musical expression captured on record since humans set foot on the moon. Lyrically, 30 Seconds to Mars escapes from the doldrums of introverted self-pity that are common for the modern rock landscape and instead offers an intriguing portrait of a futuristic existence. These space-age themes compliment the group's advanced musical achievements wonderfully. 30 Seconds to Mars has managed to record an album that breathes life into the empty shell that corporate rock has become, and in reanimating an avenue of musical expression that has for many years been on its deathbed, has quite possibly offered the single best rock experience of 2002.

MARSDUST
Rock Gods of War
Space, symbols, and synth-rock imbue the metaphoric musical world of 30 Seconds To Mars
With quotes from Sun-Tzu‚??s The Art of War murmuring on a ‚??hidden track‚?Ě in 30 Seconds To Mars‚?? self-titled debut CD, you might think the enigmatic musicians take themselves a bit too seriously. Yet in a Toronto radio interview last year, the lead singer/composer/guitarist declared, ‚??We‚??ve been frequently compared to Menudo, and we love that.‚?Ě In fact, critics have compared them more often to Tool and Pink Floyd, with perhaps a mix of Smashing Pumpkins, but who‚??s keeping track?
Their album lends itself to an overall impression, with no one-trick-pony singles that might overshadow the rest ‚?? a book of soundscapes that tell a complete story when taken as a whole instead of judged on individual chapters. Listening to it from the beginning track, Capricorn, to the final offering of Year Zero, you get the distinct sense that for the duration (11 songs at almost an hour) you are in a decidedly different world, whether physical or inner. The layered vocals range from intimate whispers to soaring screams, lyrically blindsiding with lines like these from Buddha For Mary: ‚??He said, Can you hear me are you sleeping? / She said, Will you rape me now? ... He said, Leave the politics to madmen / She said, I believe your lies...‚?Ě
In Edge of the Earth, the second released single, consonant rhyme gives way to fluid assonance: ‚??You know enough to know the way / Six billion people just one name / I found tomorrow in today / Apocalyptic and insane, my dreams will never change...‚?Ě Dream-driven abstract concepts rooted in precise vocabulary saturate the songs, like in 93 Million Miles: ‚??Where does your garden grow? / Tell me the secrets that you know /Another time, another place / Where are the holy ones? / Selling the secret to the sun / Welcome to the universe...‚?Ě And in The End of the Beginning: ‚??It's the end here today / But I will build a new beginning / Take some time, find a place / And I will start my own religion / As the day divides the night / Here we are searching for a sign...‚?Ě
Combine these words with an infusion of pounding bass, sensory guitars, ambient synths and complicated drum work (electronic or no), and it takes quite a few turns before you think you‚??ve heard most of what is actually there. Even then, I suggest experiencing the music through headphones because you might yet be pleasantly surprised. And with the enhanced CD (containing a Capricorn full song flash ecard, label information and behind-the-stage footage ‚?? these guys take their handycams everywhere they go) priced under $12, it‚??s a definite steal.
While radio-easy, generic rock music plods along with whiplash from the grunge era, fronting singers that sound too much like Eddie Vedder with a head cold or Layne Staley resurrected, 30 Seconds To Mars defies the trend by stepping out ahead of it and into the future, giving music fans something original to enjoy right now.

Anonymous (September 3, 2005)

fuck this review

seriously

fucking 4 year olds own this site

i'm tired of this amazon-esque amateur crap

Dante3000 (September 3, 2005)

Jay, my homie (friend) I mean no offense. My sense of humor is caustic and mean sometimes but I mean no harm. I actually think it's cool that you live all the way accross the globe and yet we can commincate about a band that is in America. I don't like 30 seconds to Mars, they're not my type of music. I do read and post on here because I'm interested in what other people have to say and I have seen this band live and heard their music so I feel I should share my experience. I don't agree with people who like that band but not everyone will see eye to eye on everything. Still I'm sorry if I came off like a jerk.
-Dante
P.S How come I'll apologize to people I've never met and yet all my friends hate me?

Anonymous (September 3, 2005)

Actually this band is much more talented than 99% of all other bands out there today. While the self-titled debut is MUCH better, A Beautiful Lie is still...well, I hate to be cliche--beautiful. It's your own fault for being ignorant enough to hate it just because the singer is an actor too.

I can't believe this guy is a reviewer. He is obviously not grown up enough to make a proper review other than saying "fuck this shit" over and over again. I think that on it's own proves his low level of intelligence.

Anonymous (September 3, 2005)

Sorry for my basic vocabulary... Believe me I'm not retarded, it just that I didn't have all the words that I needed to express myself...

But, I don't understand why did you critic this group? If you don't like "this shit" (like you say) so get out! Is there no fan here?
I think you're just jalous of this guys... and this is sad.

My mind is open and I like this music.

Oh and the man who says some think about the Belgian, I don't understand your reaction. I don't injured the Americain so don't injured me. We are here for talking about music, not about countries.

Hope you understand all what I say! If you don't, so I'll trie to express myself differently.

Bye!

Jay

Anonymous (September 3, 2005)

Thanks for answering. Even though they aren't my favorite band, don't take away the fact they are a good band just because the lead singer is a actor . Put aside that jared is an actor and just a lead singer in a band Jesse. OPEN YOUR MIND! LEAVE IT ALONE!!

Anonymous (September 3, 2005)

I wonder how much this review would have changed if the reviewer hand't know Jared Leto was an actor?

I am in no way obsessed with Jared or love 30 Seconds to Mars beause an actor is in the band. My cousin got me hooked when I listened to their self-titled album, and I didn't even know Jared Leto was a member back then. I just remember loving the music.
Because I was introduced this way, I will always know how to separate the singer/songwriter from the actor.

I think he is talented as both, and with Shannon, Tomo and Matt to complete the band I think their music really rocks. True, "A Beautiful Lie" was much different from their debut, but I think it is wonderful on its own. The music still inspires me and leaves me wanting more.

I don't care what this reviewer thought. This album kicked ASS!

Anonymous (September 3, 2005)

I have hear both of 30 Seconds to Mars albums and I must say that the first album is much better than thier newest release. They seem to have gone a little bit softer on this abulm than the previous. Still I can't take anything from Jared Lettos vocals on either of the albums. I think that it sucks that they won't get the recognition that they deserve because of a few stuck up and closed minded fucks that won't give the band a chance because of who the lead singer is. Who gives a shit if he makes movies, you can tell he and the band are passionate about the music that they create. Can't your narrow minded ass put aside that he is a movies star and just look at the music?

Dante3000 (September 2, 2005)

well, that was cute

- too bad it wasnt written by a girl
Or a retarded four year old. Alright alright, he's from another country, I'll cut the fucking Belgian some slack. If only because their waffels are so damn tasty. Still, not a fan of this band, doubt I ever will be.
-Dante

stevejonestherealbones (September 2, 2005)

Hello everybody!

I'm not american or english, I'm belgian (nearest france): I speak french and no english so I haven't got a good vocabulary but I tried to explain myself about Jared Leto and 30 Seconds To Mars.

I like 30STM' s music. That's true it's not new but there is some good ambiance. That's true Jare is a good actor! But for me he's a good musician to! He got a good voice and his riff are very sympathic! So dude(I speak to the man who have ritten some bulshit about Jared and 30STM) trie to do somthing better than this very good music, trie to be most popular than Jared and if you do all this things so you'll can say "30 seconds to mars is bulshit" but now you're not famous and I don't know if you are a good musician and I don't care. Don't injured this gyes please.

Jay ( Echelon of the Mars Army)

well, that was cute

- jones the bones

- stevejones8770@yahoo.com

- too bad it wasnt written by a girl

Anonymous (September 2, 2005)

''I like 30STM' s music. That's true it's not new but there is some good ambiance. That's true Jare is a good actor! But for me he's a good musician to! He got a good voice and his riff are very sympathic! So dude(I speak to the man who have ritten some bulshit about Jared and 30STM) trie to do somthing better than this very good music, trie to be most popular than Jared and if you do all this things so you'll can say "30 seconds to mars is bulshit" but now you're not famous and I don't know if you are a good musician and I don't care. Don't injured this gyes please.''

the if you dont have a band you cant critizice another is getting old
i've never made a movie either and i know when a movie is bad
fucking fanboy get outta here fuck you and jared leto
ps. fuck your army too

Anonymous (September 2, 2005)

hmmmm......a 30 seconds to mars review just to tell us that this album sucks.

I don't think we needed 150 words tot ell us that.

and I have yet to see a review for the new ETID.

Anonymous (September 2, 2005)

Ow and just one little thing very important:

Buy The 2 albums of 30 Seconds To Mars (there are very good! Don't listen the man who have ritten this article. He's a finish idiot!)

Jared Power!

Jay

PS: If you are a fan of this band you can join the Mars Army on this adress: www.thirtysecondstomars.com

PROVEHITO IN ALTUM

Anonymous (September 2, 2005)

Hello everybody!

I'm not american or english, I'm belgian (nearest france): I speak french and no english so I haven't got a good vocabulary but I tried to explain myself about Jared Leto and 30 Seconds To Mars.

I like 30STM' s music. That's true it's not new but there is some good ambiance. That's true Jare is a good actor! But for me he's a good musician to! He got a good voice and his riff are very sympathic! So dude(I speak to the man who have ritten some bulshit about Jared and 30STM) trie to do somthing better than this very good music, trie to be most popular than Jared and if you do all this things so you'll can say "30 seconds to mars is bulshit" but now you're not famous and I don't know if you are a good musician and I don't care. Don't injured this gyes please.

Jay ( Echelon of the Mars Army)

Anonymous (September 2, 2005)

to the guy who said that jared leto doesn't want that this band become mainstream mmmm he is jared fucking leto his fans are going to buy this even is crap
there isnt one singer/actor that is good in both

Dante3000 (September 2, 2005)

I give this album a ten to counter the rest of you assholes' comments.
Then where are the five stars at the top? C'mon if you're going to insult us at least know how the system works.
-Dante
P.S. I gave you a billion because you rock hard like washboard abs on a gay beach.

Anonymous (September 2, 2005)

This is not fucking radio rock. How many singles of theirs have you heard on the radio? Yeah, one: Attack, right? Because Jared himself said that he DOESN'T WANT THE BAND GOING MAINSTREAM.

And, as several people have already mentioned: shitty review. And not because I happen to disagree with you, but it's like you wrote this as an angsty seventh grade kid who didn't have sources or information to back up his or her opinions.

I give this album a ten to counter the rest of you assholes' comments. Give this band some credit. It's musically intelligent, and it's NOT Backstreet Boys or Half Dollar, etc.

Grow up and open your fucking minds.

Anonymous (September 1, 2005)

"i can't believe you spelled atrocious correctly, but misspelled 'spelt'. That was better than any comment I've seen for this album."

"spelt" is an accepted past tense of "spell". you know, fyi.

Anonymous (September 1, 2005)

i can't believe you spelled atrocious correctly, but misspelled 'spelt'. That was better than any comment I've seen for this album.

Anonymous (September 1, 2005)

deion sanders wasn't a very good baseball player

Anonymous (September 1, 2005)

I for one love Jesse's reviews, they are to the point and pretty hilarious. Score is for the review.

Anonymous (September 1, 2005)

This is the worst review ever. I don't even consider this writing a review. It's just a pointless and biased rant that could have been a messageboard post.

Anonymous (September 1, 2005)

the trip to mars takes more than 30 secs

GreenVandal (September 1, 2005)

I dont know why people are trying to defend this. Jesse gave a biased review. This is true. But this shit is atrocious. I dont even know if i spelt that word right, but I know that its true! If you are a human being that can perceive anything in the audio spectrum, you know that this is garbage.

Effortless review for effortless trash. Radio rock deserves no better.

Anonymous (September 1, 2005)

Well funny point A, you should get their record label right. Being that you write angry livejournal posts...I mean reviews which should generally mean you have the cd..it's a good idea to check the back for the right label. Shows that you actually took the time to listen to the cd...

Which you probably didn't.

To each their own, some of the posts below just show that being "punknews.org" (p.s. if it's not only punk you should probably change the name, gives off that impression) I'm sure a lot of 'non-conformists' come here that don't want to be judged. But hey it's Jared Leto let's throw away all are we don't judge people, bullshit and just straight out say I won't even give it a chance cuz ya know...he has a job I would kill to have and at some point in time made the money I wish I had.

*shakes head* It's sad how someone elses success makes so many people automatically hate.

Whoever said they had no stage presence, must have been at the wrong show because they have a shitload. They never stop moving, interact with the crowd, and definatly catch the eyes of many. Oh wait, that's just because Jared is in the band. Whoopsie.

It's okay kiddies, one day your crappy garage band will make it too...I'm sure...no, really! Keep playing those same 3 chords, they'll sound better over time.

Yes, I defend this band because I gave them a chance and not only are they awesome musicians but they are HARD working guys, Jared and his brother the drummer have been making music longer than Jared has been acting, and if you think it was easy for them to get a contract...you're sadly mistaken, Their first cd oozes originality esp. in this day and age of The Killers, and The Killers 2, and that other band...that sounds like....The Killers. But yeah...I've said my part do with it what you will. I really don't care I just said what I wanted to say.

Everyone who said when you review a cd you should actually do it, was right.

Anonymous (September 1, 2005)

haha! What the hell? Since when is 30STM 'punk'?

Anonymous (September 1, 2005)

"to the guy below me
he is from the staff he have to review every fucking record that he receive
and this site isnt just for punk"

Ah I see. I overreacted that's all. Had a bad day :P

kenfuggit (August 31, 2005)

Y'all are pissed cause jared leto gets more ass than a bus seat. Thats about it. Long live the corporate tit!

Anonymous (August 31, 2005)

My score is for the phrase "double sarcasm"

Dante3000 (August 31, 2005)

I was thinking about my earlier comment. And though Billy Ray Cyrus was in a cool movie he is still a shit musician, and that's where the comment came from. Of course I don't even remember the movie well enough to think of Cyrus' performance but I guess it must have been good. In retrospect the obvious choice was Jennifer Love Hewitt. Curse hindsight.
-Dante

Anonymous (August 31, 2005)

"Why? Because the American public is full of dumbshits who have no clue about music"

Or maybe, just maybe, not everyone has the same taste in music as yourself.

I don't like the band, at all. But, this review (if you can even call it that), is the worst piece of bullshit to be posted on here. Thus surpassing other high quality reviews on this site, such as Finch's latest album.

Here's an idea for the next review: Actually REVIEW the album. It might help next time.

Anonymous (August 31, 2005)

Billy Ray Cyrus was the shit in Mulholland Drive, the greatest movie ever made. A film which is several million times better than Requiem.

Anonymous (August 30, 2005)

I think Bo Jackson and Deon Sanders can do two things equally well. Both, fine gentlemen as well.

Anonymous (August 30, 2005)

to the guy below me
he is from the staff he have to review every fucking record that he receive
and this site isnt just for punk

Anonymous (August 30, 2005)

WHY THE FUCK DID YOU REVIEW THIS CD IF IT HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH THIS SITE? smartass... Score is for your brain frequency.

Anonymous (August 30, 2005)

I actually can get in to it. I feel that the first 6 or seven songs are pretty strong as well. Eerie feeling to it which makes it a bit different from your mainstream

Anonymous (August 30, 2005)

"30 Seconds To Mars is nothing more than shitty, modern radio rock fodder

If you can't tell what they sound like from that description, you need to watch more vh1."

Uh... That could mean anything. People call the Hives radio rock fodder. I'm guessing this shit sounds more like Maroon 5.

-Will

Anonymous (August 30, 2005)

"Highway" is a great movie... takes place after Kobain's suicide. Very cool movie, despite any flack about the 2 lead actors. (Leto and the guy from Donnie Darko)

I really like this guy's review style, he cuts straight through the bullshit. I only wish others could do the same and realize that the most hyped bands are just swept up in this whole 70's garage revival trend...
Not that 70's punk doesn't capture a great sound... but the mainstream is lacking testosterone.

-Not-To-Regret

Anonymous (August 30, 2005)

Requiem for a Dream is the most underservingly over-hyped film in history. Aronofsky (sp?) is a fucking hack. Anyone who thinks that anything in that movie mirrored anything in real life in any way needs to leave the suburbs more often. Middle-class-white-kid-xploitation at its finest. Just because a film is "emotional" doesn't make it good.

Anonymous (August 30, 2005)

How dare you put Jared Leto on the same level as The Duff? The Duff will curb stomp your mother while smoking a cigarette and drinking beer out your father's empty skull. That's just how fucking punk rock she is. If you want to run around calling her a shit bag on the internet, that's your business, but watch your back because the Duff WILL find you, and when she's done with you it won't be pretty.

Anonymous (August 30, 2005)

I saw this band playing during a Interpol show. I was like "Hey!, theres Mr. Leto!". Then "I dont like this band at all". It was at this point that we left.

Anonymous (August 30, 2005)

hahaha, to the post 2 below me, I didn't understand at first and then it hit me- and I laughed a might one. Good show sir

Timis (August 30, 2005)

i think the first 7 songs on this cd are strong in a modern rock type way. nothing amazing, but decent.

Anonymous (August 30, 2005)

Ahh my fukkin arm

hubitcherkokov (August 30, 2005)

I'm with Scott. I've only heard "Attack" or whatever and I enjoy it.

Anonymous (August 30, 2005)

''Wait are you hitting me with double sarcasm? Because otherwise your ass is straight up retarded. And out of the three I listed you picked fucking J-Lo to mock?! I put BILLY RAY FUCKING CYRUS! The Achie Breaky Heart dude. WTF MATE?!
-Dante''

billy ray was on mullholland dr. and that is a pretty good movie
thats why i picked jennifer lopez

Anonymous (August 30, 2005)

Jared Leto is a very very talented actor, and girls seem to think he's hot shit. His music is not that great though. Agreed.

-benz

Dante3000 (August 30, 2005)

''Psh, that's simple.
1. Billy Ray Cyrus
2. Jenifer Lopez
3. Eddie Murphy (we can't help if his baby likes to party all the time.
Where's my prize money?
-Dante''

i tought that you had good taste
jennifer lopez hahaha
she doesnt have good movies or music she has a grammy but that award is a joke

Wait are you hitting me with double sarcasm? Because otherwise your ass is straight up retarded. And out of the three I listed you picked fucking J-Lo to mock?! I put BILLY RAY FUCKING CYRUS! The Achie Breaky Heart dude. WTF MATE?!
-Dante

Dante3000 (August 30, 2005)

''Psh, that's simple.
1. Billy Ray Cyrus
2. Jenifer Lopez
3. Eddie Murphy (we can't help if his baby likes to party all the time.
Where's my prize money?
-Dante''

i tought that you had good taste
jennifer lopez hahaha
she doesnt have good movies or music she has a grammy but that award is a joke

Wait are you hitting me with double sarcasm? Because otherwise your ass is straight up retarded. And out of the three I listed you picked fucking J-Lo to mock?! I put BILLY RAY FUCKING CYRUS! The Achie Breaky Heart dude. WTF MATE?!
-Dante

Anonymous (August 30, 2005)

Kenjamin, I shouldn't have to watch more VH1 to know what the reviewer is referring to in the review. In fact, I know what 30 Seconds sounds like (I've heard them before), but for purposes of the review, you assume the reader knows little to nothing about the subject matter, and then go on to inform them of what the music is like.

Also, I wasn't really trying to say that there are good actors/musicians, but instead I was making the argument that one must not dismiss the singer simply because they're an actor. If the music is shit then you have a legitimate argument, but you must actually explain where and why the music fails.

Sirens (August 30, 2005)

Charlie Murphyyy

Anonymous (August 30, 2005)

Wait, there's a Wu-Tang review on this site?

WU-TANG CLAN AIN'T NOTHIN' TO FUCK WITH!!!

Anonymous (August 30, 2005)

''Psh, that's simple.
1. Billy Ray Cyrus
2. Jenifer Lopez
3. Eddie Murphy (we can't help if his baby likes to party all the time.
Where's my prize money?
-Dante''

i tought that you had good taste
jennifer lopez hahaha
she doesnt have good movies or music she has a grammy but that award is a joke

poopypants (August 30, 2005)

I couldnt name 1 30 sec. to mars song, or even hum one, but i hear they really aren't all that terrible, just kinda...there.

paul

maverick (August 30, 2005)

All I've heard off this album is the single, and say what you will, but it is a pretty killer song.

-Scott

Dante3000 (August 30, 2005)

mention 3 good actors/musicians
Psh, that's simple.
1. Billy Ray Cyrus
2. Jenifer Lopez
3. Eddie Murphy (we can't help if his baby likes to party all the time.
Where's my prize money?
-Dante

Sirens (August 30, 2005)

I didnt think his acting in American Psycho was good at all, Bale stole the show. you can have this band.

blade-runner (August 30, 2005)

terrible art work. terrible disc. 'requiem for a dream' sucks, too.

Anonymous (August 30, 2005)

''I also can't figure out for the life of me why you assume that every movie star who makes music is attempting to jump ship or what-not, simply because they attempt something in a field that isn't their specialty. People are allowed to try to do different things in life, you know, and just because Lindsay Lohan, Hilary Duff and other bubblegum icons make vapid music doesn't mean everyone does''

mention 3 good actors/musicians
that kind of people only exist to create bad music or bad movies a person is uncapable of do the 2 things right

SenorRefresco (August 30, 2005)

I just finished watching a re-run of My So Called Life an hour ago! Weird. Jordan Catalano (Jared Leto) was a freakin' stud.

Anonymous (August 30, 2005)

oops. there the score be.

Anonymous (August 30, 2005)

score is for this dude and the wayans cat selling his mom's tv for smack money. JUICE JUICE JUICE.....WEEEEEE GOT A WINNER.
-TOBB

swingline (August 30, 2005)

uh... gay.

AlmostPunkEnough (August 30, 2005)

they gave me a free cd with one song from this at the Garden State Plaza. i decided to see how far it would fly off the top level of whatever parking garage i was in.

score is for how far it went.

Anonymous (August 30, 2005)

Score's for Alexander.

swank (August 30, 2005)

ps. (the score.)

swank (August 30, 2005)

I prefer the Frozen Embryos.

score is for them and their spirited cover of "I wanna be sedated" at the dance or wherever it was when, Reyanne totally fucked everything up and started drinking again, so then Jordan Catylano had to step in and let everyone know how dreamy he infact is.

- swank.

Dante3000 (August 30, 2005)

Dear dude below me. I saw them one time live and it was absolutely horrible. You couldn't understand a word that Jared sang (if you can call it that). In addition, their stage presence is non-existent.
As for the new album, the one song I've heard off it sucks. It's boring and as repetitious as a skipping record. The lyrics are amazingly childish (so much so the local radio station invented a drinking game for every time a certain phrase is uttered, "run away" being only one phrase). Letto's voice is only decent in the extremes (singing softly or screaming) the in between areas are totally incoherent and contain notes and pitches never recorded by humans. As a whole the only reason this band exists is to punish mankind.
-Dante

RondoMondo (August 30, 2005)

Well, this sure was a shitty review.

So what made the songs so shitty? Are the lyrics childish? Wait, you didn't answer or even address any of these questions.

I've heard the single on the radio, nothing great. Nothing that I haven't heard before. Don't really even like it. But come on, give a fucking REVIEW. That's what you're on the staff for. Shit, if you can be on the staff they ought to allow anyone to be on the staff.

Anonymous (August 30, 2005)

what the hell is a stomar??

Kenjamin (August 30, 2005)

30 Seconds To Mars is nothing more than shitty, modern radio rock fodder

If you can't tell what they sound like from that description, you need to watch more vh1.

Anonymous (August 30, 2005)

I'm not completely crazy about this band, but that was a shitty review. Don't waste the reader's time by posting an inane rant about how pretentious something one of the singers said. I bet you could find tons of bands that have pretentious elements in them, but you don't spend a review bashing one quote. Separate the music from the makers.

I also can't figure out for the life of me why you assume that every movie star who makes music is attempting to jump ship or what-not, simply because they attempt something in a field that isn't their specialty. People are allowed to try to do different things in life, you know, and just because Lindsay Lohan, Hilary Duff and other bubblegum icons make vapid music doesn't mean everyone does.,

Could I hear criticism of the music itself? Is it monotonous? Are the lyrics terrible? What's the sound like? Does it have any redeeming value whatsoever?

No, you don't get any such valid criticism in a review -- instead a few paragraphs of wasted letters, going on and on about personal biases against shitty radio rock. I'm not crazy about that sort of music (far from it) but if you are going to review a record, actually review the fucking record.

Anonymous (August 30, 2005)

i still dont understand why you dont put an end quote ( " ) at the end of the damn quote. I just dont get it.

Anonymous (August 30, 2005)

when i saw elvis costello a few years ago on the when i was cruel tour, billy bob thortons band opened.

BrandonSideleau (August 30, 2005)

Didn't Billy Bob Thorton just release an album?

Dante3000 (August 30, 2005)

Are you fucking serious? Did this fucking review actually get fucking posted? This guy is a joke of a musician. Where's fucking Dogstar? Where's 30 Some Odd Foot Grunts? Where is fucking Spinal Tap? This dude can act like no ones business. Requiem for a Dream is still one of the best cast and acted movies ever. This however does not mean he should ever have a band.
-Dante

stevejonestherealbones (August 30, 2005)

fuck this shit

- jones the bones

- stevejones8770@yahoo.com

Anonymous (August 30, 2005)

the cd is good, not the best thing in the world, but better than half the shit out there

BrandonSideleau (August 30, 2005)

yeah and he is a pretty decent actor..........obviously the same cannot be said for this.

greenerton (August 30, 2005)

Requiem For a Dream, American Psycho, Fight Club...great actor, but horrible musician.

BrandonSideleau (August 30, 2005)

He's that prettyboy blonde dude that gets his face bashed to shit by Edward Norton in Fight Club.

Archangel (August 30, 2005)

Jared Leto is an actor who did a great job in Reqiuem for a Dream which everyone should see if they haven't already.

joeg (August 30, 2005)

uh, was this review really necessary?

Anonymous (August 30, 2005)

Who the fuck is Jared Leto?

-Will

tristan (August 30, 2005)

Damn, are the reviewers on this week or what? That said, it's not like this guy made it tough on you.

BrandonSideleau (August 30, 2005)

Alot of terrible releases this week, ive counted two 1-star reviews already. I credit you guys for being able to tolerate listening to some of this shit.

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