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A Beautiful Lie

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This is the follow up their self titled debut. Features the songs 'A Beautiful Lie', 'From Yesterday' and many more. Virgin. 2005.

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. A Beautiful Lie
  2. The Kill
  3. Was It A Dream?
  4. The Fantasy
  5. The Story
  6. A Modern Myth


Product Details

  • Audio CD (August 30, 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Virgin
  • ASIN: B000A7Q2DM
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (325 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,770 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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30 Seconds To Mars burst onto the scene back in 2002 with their self-titled album. Despite being fronted by Jared Leto (the actor who has appeared in two of my favorite films: "Fight Club" and "Requiem For A Dream"), the effort didn't receive that much attention, and listening to it, it's easy to see why. Don't get me wrong, their debut was great, but for a band establishing themselves, it was too broad, too spacey, and too high concept for people to really give it a fair chance. So it's no surprise that for their second album, "A Beautiful Lie," 30 Seconds To Mars have trimmed the fat off and streamlined their music quite a bit.

"A Beautiful Lie" is more of a collection of songs that a concept album. There is no discernable theme running through it, which means each song brings something different to the table, and has it's own identity. And not only that, each song is just as good as the one before it! Instead of sounding like an electronic-Tool like they did on their debut, 30 Seconds To Mars sound like a perfect amalgumation of A Perfect Circle, The Cure and Incubus. "The Kill" and the first single, "Attack" are the most recognizable and straight-forward of the set, centered around giant choruses and excellent songwriting. "The Fantasy" is my personal favorite, with it's funky intro and unpredictable changes in style. "Battle Of One" and "Hunter," which are tagged as "bonus tracks" (though they are hardly exclusive, and available on all copies of this album) are great in their own right, but feel tacked on. Perhaps that's why they are called "bonus tracks?"

Overall, "A Beautiful Lie" is a step-up for 30 Seconds To Mars.
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This is a great CD, great Band. BUT, the content protection that is a part of it won't let you copy the music to your hard drive or put it on an iPod. This may not matter to you, so don't bother reading on. However, if this does matter to you then don't buy the CD. The fact that I cannot put the music that I purchased onto my iPod is extremely annoying. I do not appreciate this feature in any way. So, five stars to the band, no stars to this CD. From now on, if I see "Content Protected" I'm gonna steer clear. I feel stupid having wasted money on one of these, but oh well, live and learn. If you care about this, learn from me.
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I recently bought the CD "A Beautiful Lie", and it's the best CD I've ever heard in my life- I can't stop listening to it! Every song is wonderful! It's so amazing that this band, especially Jared Leto is so talented. I knew him as a terrific actor in "Panic Room", "My So Called Life", etc., and had no idea he was such a fantastic singer and song writer. I have been a music lover my whole life and love all kinds of music, but this is the most amazing work I've ever heard! I wish I could give it a million stars!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Some people classify 30STM as a space metal or space rock band. At least people recongnize that their sound is different than mainstream modern rock. Leto gets a bad rap being an actor/musician (see Russel Crowe), but he pulls both off very well. I went to a recent 30STM concert and they sound awesome in concert and pretty close to how they sound on the CD, but you really appreciate how good Leto's brother is as a drummer in concert.

As for the CD, I can't count the number of times I have listened to it and everytime I enjoy it. The radio songs: The Kill, Attack are very good and are very catchy in a good way...not a teeny-bopper way. I would rate the best songs on the CD as The Kill, Yesterday, The Fantasy. The bonus tracks are ok, but seemed kinda just thrown on there without linkage to the mood of the other ones. I will definitely be buying their next album.
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I saw a video clip of "The Kill" on TV and had to know more about this band and their music. After hearing the title song "A Beautiful Lie", I liken Jared Leto's voice to the male equivalent of a siren inviting unsuspecting mariners to dash themselves on the rocks. The versatility of his vocal range and musical expression is a skill I rarely find in most metal artists. 30 seconds music is edgy, haunting, melodic and passionate- and that's just in track 1. If you're into ear-pounding guitar riffs, tribal drums and screaming, you'd probably want to steer clear of this album. But if you like electronically- influenced music (even New Age music) and don't mind Metal, you'd appreciate this CD. I look forward to hearing more from 30 seconds; and hopefully they won't change their sound in their next project (unlike some bands who think success gives them carte blanche to do whatever and think their fans will still buy into it...<cough> Evanescence)
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First off, this is good music. I give it three stars simply because of the copy protection encrypted within the cds "enhanced" material. The music itself, I give a 4, but since I am unable to find a way to import the music files to Itunes, It gets a three. Restricted burning is unbelievable. When you buy a cd, I'm told you buy the rights of the cd for personal use. Thus putting myself under the assumption that I will be able to do what I please with the music, as long as I do not distribute it illegally. In the future, I will not buy another cd with this type of copy protection within, reguardless of importance the music is to myself. A sticker on the packaging would be nice, allerting the consumer of the new system. I, at least, have never come into contact with the protection; I buy about 10 cd's a month. If I am going to start having to research lables, and/or cds to see if they carry the encryption, so be it.

Does anyone know where the "secret files" are uploaded to when you put the cd in so I can delete them? Please post.
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Copy protected?
Generally all you have to do is press and hold the SHIFT key prior to cd loading. That keeps any extraneous software from loading & only rips the music tracks. I have this cd & ripped tracks to my media center that way - have XP. Don't let up on SHIFT key until first couple tracks have ripped.
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