30 Seconds To Mars. A band now synonymous with rock fans all over the world. Yet this was perhaps only after the superb 2005 album A Beautiful Lie.
Personally, I was initially introduced to 30STM in 2005 just after A Beautiful Lie was released, and absolutely loved them. Ever since, I've wanted to hear their early stuff, but have struggled to find it. The other day, I found the album here on amazon and snapped it up straight away.
'30 Seconds To Mars' only sold around 100'000 copies, and to be honest, its not hard to see why. This is a rather different sound to many other 'alternative' rock bands, and I initially found it quite difficult to listen too. It is often rather heavy and I didn't like it at first; it wasn't as listener-friendly as A Beautiful Lie.
The lyrics are odd too. In the bizarrely titled 'Buddha For Mary', this line struck me as totally random; 'Mary...had a thing for astronauts'. Also, there is 'Will you rape me now?'. Totally bizarre, no? These are just a few of Jared Leto's musings during the album.
Although it may be argued that '30 Seconds To Mars' is a totally different sound to 'A Beautiful Lie', I would disagree. If we are talking style, it is almost identical; extremely powerful choruses, coupled with light and melodic verses. The only difference is the guitars; Solon Bixler replaced by Tomo Milovic.
Overall, I enjoyed it, but not to the extent that I did with 'A Beautiful Lie', which is significantly easier to listen too, and has better songs too. It didn't deserve the critical panning, but it certainly isnt a gold selling album. A good start, could do better, and ultimately they did with 'A Beautiful Lie'