THIRTY SECONDS TO MARS
THIS IS WAR

2009 ***1/2

1. Escape
2. Night of the Hunter
3. Kings and Queens
4. This is War
5. 100 Suns
6. Hurricane
7. Closer to the Edge
8. Vox Populi
9. Search and Destroy
10. Alibi
11. Stranger in a Strange Land
12. L490

I bought this album because my wife likes Thirty Seconds to Mars's music, and I wanted to give them a shot. They're not bad, but they're not anything special, either. In fact, from beginning to end, every song on this album sounds exactly the same. The band doesn't seem like they're willing to push boundaries or do anything different. They seem comfortable riding the straight and narrow, which doesn't always make for a good album. They're a nice listen, but don't expect this album to appear on any top 100 lists any time soon.


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