30 Seconds To Mars - This is War
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Based on 9 reviews
2009 Ratings: #818 / 851
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Based on 94 ratings
2009 Ratings: #207
December 8, 2009 / Release Date
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Virgin, EMI / Label
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VinylFantasy
80
The highlight of their entire discography (as of 2019). This Is War is big, bold, and uncompromising. Yes it might be cliche stadium rock by this point, but that doesn't stop it from being a wonderfully enjoyable album. Leto sounds the best he ever has, with huge vocals across many of the songs. Alibi and L490 are the only real down points of the album, with the latter being an un-enjoyable atmospheric mess. However, the rest of the album is brilliant, especially tracks such as Night of the ... read more
aaron
73
While this album follows a path far too well documented by bands we used to love, but make terrible music now.
This album never loses its artistic integrity, therefore it is worth a listen, and stands as 30STM's last album in the sun, its all downhill from here.

Jared Leto's vocals are fucking stunning, and its annoying how people ignore that fact.

Yes, this album does seem to be born from stadium-rock, the ooooh-wayy-ooooh moments are meant to be preformed live with thousands singing it ... read more
tazzyzzat
75
Favorites: 'Night of the Hunter', 'Kings & Queens', 'This Is War', 'Hurricane', 'Closer to the Edge', 'Alibi'

Least Favorite: 'L490'

I've been following Thirty Seconds To Mars for a while now, and despite the general consensus they are one of my favorite bands. This album shows their transition from their old emo-style to a more refined mainstream sound while still being enjoyable. The tracks on here are obviously meant to be sung along with an audience hence the periodic ... read more
GreNewl
40
Not terrible but it's the beginning of the end for the Jared leto ego train. The title track remains catchy and powerful, all be it still containing the melodrama from ABL (just not executed as well)

This is one of the most forgettable pop-rock albums I have ever heard, it does not stand out at all and does what many bands have tried to do with switching to a more mainstream sound, and that's coming off cringe. Even in comparison to their previous two efforts
goncalocouto
40
"This is War" is just forgettable and meaningless.

✅ Night of the Hunter | 100 Suns | Vox Populi
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Track List

  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
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