Monday, December 7, 2009

CD Review: 30 Seconds To Mars - This is War

This is not what I was expecting from this new CD. This is the type of CD that will have to grow on you. I think many of the true fans of 30 Seconds To Mars will initially be disappointed. And it's quite possible bandleader Jared Leto wanted the album to feel this way. After all, he went to hell and back to get it made — staring down a $30 million lawsuit from Virgin Records, shouldering the load (and the majority of the recording expenses) himself. One can imagine that there were stretches where he felt totally, completely alone in his struggle, like he was living life in lunar solitude. That being said, give this album a listen, let it grow on you and in the end either you will embrace it or use it as a frisbee.

6 out of 10 stars

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