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i know its hard to believe now, but there was a brief moment when the JARED LETO-led ALTERNATIVE ROCK band 30 SECONDS TO MARS didnt suck.
in my opinion that moment was pretty much their first album. produced by the legendary BOB EZRIN (PINK FLOYD, LOU REED, PETER GABRIEL, KISS), their debut largely kept in check frontman LETO's UNFORTUNATE tic to over-sing and reach for ever higher notes when the song doesnt require it (as would happen on later releases). the songs are structurally AMBITIOUS and slightly PROGGY but with a UNIQUE sense of melody and MEMORABLE, CATCHY hooks. lyrically this album has none of the OVERWROUGHT and CLUNKY "message" songs of later releases. here it is all centered around a SPACE TRAVEL theme, which i am total sucker for.
sonically and stylistically their debut was like CLASSIC SPACE ROCK (HAWKWIND, PINK FLOYD) mixed with FAILURE and A PERFECT CIRCLE. it had both SCOPE and DEPTH, as well as AMBITION that it delivered in spades. for me it was a total breath of fresh air. in the years since this band has been nothing but an embarrassment. they come off as INAUTHENTIC HOLLYWOOD phonies play-acting what they think a ROCK band should be, and their new music seemingly comes from central casting, ever more BLAND and TEDIOUS with each new release. its like THE POLICE, but not in a good way.
they really need to call EZRIN again. errr, maybe like four or five albums ago.