Alright, Jared Leto is the frontman of this band. You know what that means, right? Right. Start laughing. Now listen to the first 2 tracks or so, and then promptly stop your laughing, because if you have any shred of musical taste you’ll realize this band is much, much, more than just an actor’s way of idling his time when he’s not in a movie. Actually, I found this band when I was very much into the industrial sound. Also, I had no idea of who Jared Leto was at the time. 30 Seconds to Mars has geniunely good music to offer and a much needed injection of originality in the mundane world of mainstream rock that we are experiencing today. The album throws you against a wall with a double team of ‘Capricorn’ and ‘Edge of the Earth’ and from there, takes you in all directions from the trippy ‘Buddha For Mary’ to ‘Echelon’, which should captivate listeners with its vivid imagery and powerful chorus.
However, that isn’t to say that this is a perfect album. The theme, while interesting, will lose your attention in certain points. But, while this album falters, it will regain its former energy and bring right back into the world they’re trying to create. This minor flaw is even more forgivable because their second album, ‘A Beautiful Lie’ remedies the problem by bringing 30 Seconds to Mars back to Earth for a time, showing true versatility by varying the themes of their sound, and even successfully covering the song ‘Hunter’ (Originally written by Bjork.) So aside from these minor issues, this is a SOLID album and is well worth your time and your money. In conclusion, I give it 4 Stars, but only because I can’t give it 4.5.