Today, 30 Seconds to Mars:
I know that most people jumped on with 30 Seconds to Mars with either A Beautiful Lie or This is War, but for me, their self-titled debut record was the best. Part of this is because it sounds like something different, while their later records kind of sounded more consistent with the standard expectations of popular rock of the time. A much bigger part of it, though, is because it had a very specific execution to it that gave it a very otherworldly feel, like Jared Leto and company were trying to create a sci-fi rock opera of sorts. It’s hard to really put it into words, but basically, when the band was taking their name and trying to make it mean something in context, I loved it, but when later records just kind of became… “normal” I think, the band lost me.
To put it another way, I was absolutely on-board with the band when they sounded like an intellectually challenging, musically complex band, but now that they sound like The Killers, I’ve lost interest. As such, while you might have a good or bad opinion of the band as they are now, I recommend the above track, because it’s so different from what you’re likely used to from them, and it’s rather good.