One of rock’s hottest tickets

2007-12-14 00:00

JARED Leto is known more as a big screen persona in films like Lord of War opposite Nicholas Cage than as the front man of this four-piece U.S. band. But spearheaded by recent chart singles Beautiful Lie and From Yesterday, he’s carving a new niche.

The band’s songs are gaining momentum on radio and earning a reputation as one of rock’s hottest tickets this season.

Their recognisable sound rests on stunted snare drum accents and some novel synthesised sounds from guitars and keyboards, as well as Leto’s screaming vocals on the opening track Attack and the soaring ballad The Kill. The Fantasy (track five) will no doubt be a mosh-pit favourite.

For the most part, A Beautiful Lie is intelligent rock music that should appeal to those who need a loud, brash earful.

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