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This Is War

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December 09, 2009 at 05:00 AM EST

The surprise chart success of 2005’s A Beautiful Lie granted 30 Seconds to Mars frontman Jared Leto’s wish to be taken seriously as a rocker. And ”serious” is definitely the word to describe the aging heartthrob’s return. On the unashamedly epic This Is War, Leto doesn’t just shoot for the moon, he practically colonizes it, larding his proggy song suites with howling choruses, children’s choirs, and the sexy whisperings of Frenchwomen. In Hollywood terms, consider it 2012: The Album. With so many pretty explosions, why wonder what it all means? B-

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