The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - Musicreviews - LAUREN MUR­PHY

Hol­ly­wood stars and their egos, eh? We might let Jared Leto off the hook, con­sid­er­ing that Thirty Sec­onds to Mars, the band he formed with his brother Shan­non in 1998, pre­dated any of his movie hits. That’s about all Leto can be ex­cused for, mind – the ac­tor has em­braced his in­ner rock star to pre­pos­ter­ous pro­por­tions, if their third al­bum is any­thing to go by. Des­per­ately search­ing for a mid­dle ground be­tween emo and U2, right down to the chim­ing gui­tars and Leto’s karaoke Bono, the trio (Tomo Mil­ice­vic rounds out the crew) end up sound­ing more like tawdry 1990s rock­ers Baby­lon Zoo. Their hol­low, slo­ga­neer­ing lyrics (“This is a call to arms, time to go to war”) help mat­ters none, while the songs them­selves are lack­lus­tre sta­dium tunes with empty sen­ti­ments. Dread­ful. www.thir­ty­sec­ond­stom­

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