This Is War - 30 Seconds to Mars
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  • Summary: The Jared Leto-led rock band releases its third album produced with Flood and Steve Lillywhite.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 9
  2. Negative: 2 out of 9
  1. Even with these late-in-the-game flubs This Is War still shines as an artistic triumph for 30 Seconds To Mars. [Jan 2010, p.91]
  2. 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.
  3. This Is War is made serviceable by its polished showmanship.
  4. Produced for the most part by U2 collaborator Flood, the new album rarely operates at anything less than a frenzied fever pitch, with thundering percussion grooves, Leto's top-of-the-lungs yowl and wave after wave of Edge-style guitar theatrics.
  5. Full of schlocky neo-grunge howls; trite, faux-rebellious, lyrics ("from the right to the left, we will fight to the death"); and dull stadium production from Flood and Steve Lillywhite, there's little artfulness among the ­frequent ­references to a vague burgeoning conflict.
  6. Unfortunately, Catalano wouldn't waste an "uhh...whatever" on the hammy, bombastic third disc from Leto's band, Thirty Seconds to Mars (with Leto's brother, Shannon, on drums).
  7. 30
    Playing to splintered attention spans, This Is War insistently splices bits of other artists' work into a facile crescendo of mega-angst and ephemeral drama.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 27
  2. Negative: 2 out of 27
  1. HelenaS.
    Feb 2, 2010
    10
    The best album ever!!!!!
  2. Apr 6, 2012
    10
    All i have to say about this album is that it is awesome! It contains some of the best songs of 2009 and possibly the decade. 30 seconds to mars are one of those bands that get better with age and they proved just that with this 3rd offering. Expand
  3. Jan 26, 2011
    10
    I love those albums you can listen to over and over and never get tired of them and this is one of them. The lyrics leave you breathless and the beat keeps you rockin! One of my top five favorite CDs! Check it out it is worth the time!!!! Expand
  4. StefanoF.
    Feb 2, 2010
    9
    Really like this album. Very good songs, Looking forward to see them live again!
  5. Jan 17, 2012
    8
    A wonderful album from 30 Seconds To Mars, well-produced with great songs. The only problem is that some songs are a bit monotonous, especially some of the last three ones. In general, it is another great job from 30 Seconds To Mars after their first two albums. Expand
  6. Lisa
    Dec 17, 2009
    7
    I'd have to say, this album was much better than I expected! Enjoyed it!
  7. DeclanM
    Dec 22, 2009
    0
    Pompous rubbish this band wouldn't have a record label only for hte lead singer they might as well be any formula pop band.

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