With all of the massive success Jared Leto has had as an actor it’s easy to forget that he’s also lead to a fairly popular band. It’s a fact that I honestly had forgotten til I saw Thirty Seconds to Mars were coming out with their first album in years. While the current extremely polarized climate of the United States can be an exhausting daily cycle of ‘one thing after another’, one thing it has offered is ample material for musicians of all genres to put their pen to. American society has always been ripe subject matter for artists but it seems to be under a lens unlike anytime I can personally remember in my lifetime. Thirty Seconds to Mars try to throw their own hat into this ring with AMERICA, but they ultimately come up well short of saying or adding anything worthwhile to the conversation. It’s essentially an album that’s full of vapid buzz words/phrases set to painfully generic electro-infused pop rock – the likes of which has been done about a million times better by the Imagine Dragons. It’s not a “terrible” album but it’s not a particularly compelling one either. Which is a shame because Jared Leto, as a person, seems infinitely more interesting than what they’ve put forward here.
“Can you even see what you’re fighting for?
Blood lust in a holy war
Listen up, hear the patriot shout:
“Times are changing””
Have you heard AMERICA? What’d you think of it? Do you think Thirty Seconds to Mars said anything really of note on it? Let me know in the comments below and be sure to leave your own ratings and reactions for the album.
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