September 15, 2005

Test Spin: 30 Seconds to Mars

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To Jared Leto: You made Requiem For A Dream my main reason for never trying heroin, I hated seeing your pretty face become unrecognizable by Edward Norton in Fight Club, you even gave American Psycho more of an edge. But like your pal Russell Crowe, don’t try to do it all and start a band too.

Of the new album, Leto explained, “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 crossroads. A raw emotional journey. A story of life, love, death, pain, joy, and passion. Of what it is to be human.” Inflated ego, maybe, or just good bullshitter? The truth is, A Beautiful Lie is just another unremarkable successor to a long line of musically anonymous American bands, like Audiovent or 311. Band like this can’t come up with an original chord progression or meaningful lyric despite what they think of themselves. Is it phony punk? Mainstream alt rock? Death metal emo? Or is it none of the above, or simply nothing at all?

Archived article by Elliot Singer
Sun Staff Writer