30 Seconds to Mars: A Beautiful Lie

A Beautiful Lie

(30 Seconds To Mars)
Release Date: 
Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Clocking in at 13 songs (one more than the regular release) and a DVD with a respectable amount of content, 30 Seconds to Mars’ deluxe edition of A Beautiful Life is tough not to appreciate. This release sees Jared Leto in a more relaxed state as a performer. His group has already proven that they can beat the actor-fronted rock band expectations and make a fair amount of angry noise. Now we see them focusing on refining their brand of angry mood rock set to introspective lyrics.

Say what you want about 30 Seconds, but they can rock pretty well. Having said that, aren’t they a little old for emo? While ABL’s melodies and lyrics have the benefit of greater maturity and quality than you normally find in the emo market, it’s still soul-searching mood rock for people in their late teens/early twenties. I like what I’m hearing and this would be some awesome stuff for me 10 years ago but it just doesn’t give me enough of what I’m looking for. These guys could play some great angry music but instead they’re shopping at Hot Topic.

When I fired up the CD I was looking for:


What I got was:

“Shmeh, shmeh, feelings, shmeh, emotions, YAAAAA! shmeh, shmeh.”

I don’t think so.

The extra DVD included the music video for “The Kill”, a behind-the-scenes featurette for the video shoot, and several clips from MTV2 which includes a live performance at CBGB. That’s pretty sweet if you’re an avid follower.

I didn’t like this as much as I’d hoped to, but it’s by no means bad.

Review by Baron Aloha