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Tuesday, January 12, 2010

30 Seconds to Mars Sneak Into Classic Albums Series

Posted By on Tue, Jan 12, 2010 at 12:54 PM

Thirty Seconds to Mars are part of a Classic Albums series. You can stop laughing now.
  • Thirty Seconds to Mars are part of a Classic Albums series. You can stop laughing now.

EMI Music just launched its Classic Albums series, an iTunes-only campaign that makes 11 of the company's albums available for $7.99 for the next two weeks.

The series includes:

- Thirty Seconds To Mars: A Beautiful Lie

- The Beach Boys: Pet Sounds

- Coldplay: A Rush of Blood to the Head

- David Bowie: The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars

- Gorillaz: Demon Days

- John Lennon: Imagine

- Norah Jones: Come Away With Me

- Paul McCartney & Wings: Band on the Run

- Pink Floyd: Dark Side of the Moon

- Radiohead: OK Computer

- The Verve: Urban Hymns

Anyone see anything wrong with this? No, not the Norah Jones album, which isn't awful. And no, not the Verve either ("Bittersweet Symphony" is on there).

It's Thirty Seconds to Mars. What are they doing here? Seriously. In what world/alternate reality would a Thirty Seconds to Mars album be considered "classic"? I wouldn't even classify it as "good."

Maybe I'm still smarting from yesterday's news that my photographer didn't get his promised photo pass to shoot Thirty Seconds to Mars' recent House of Blues show because the band pulled it as payback for something I wrote about them.

Or maybe it's because Thirty Seconds to Mars doesn't deserve the "classic" status designated on other — truly classic — albums here, like the Beach Boys' Pet Sounds, David Bowie's Ziggy Stardust, Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon and Radiohead's OK Computer.

I like what EMI is doing here. It's a great deal for younger music fans (or fans upgrading their digital collections) to pick up some essential albums at bargain prices.

But please, next time please keep the list to true classics (or even Coldplay records, which are certainly listenable) and forget the market/genre—filling crap. Besides, Jared Leto's mom (the only person in the universe, besides Thirty Seconds to Mars, who maybe considers their album a classic) probably already has A Beautiful Lie. —Michael Gallucci

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