A Beautiful Lie

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A Beautiful Lie
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Studio album by Thirty Seconds to Mars
Released August 30, 2005 (2005-08-30)
Recorded 2004–2005
  • Pulse Recording (Los Angeles, CA)
  • The Laboratory (Los Angeles, CA)
  • The Center for the Advancement of the Arts and Sciences of Sound (Alaska)
  • Lionshead Studios (South Africa)
  • Circle in the Square Studio (New York City)
Genre Alternative rock
Length 56:09
Thirty Seconds to Mars chronology
30 Seconds to Mars
A Beautiful Lie
AOL Sessions Undercover
Singles from A Beautiful Lie
  1. "Attack"
    Released: May 3, 2005
  2. "The Kill"
    Released: January 24, 2006
  3. "From Yesterday"
    Released: November 7, 2006
  4. "A Beautiful Lie"
    Released: December 17, 2007

A Beautiful Lie is the second album by American alternative rock band Thirty Seconds to Mars. It was released on August 30, 2005 through Virgin Records and was produced by Josh Abraham. The album produced four singles, "Attack," "The Kill," "From Yesterday," and "A Beautiful Lie"; of which three of those four singles managed to chart within the top 30 on the U.S. Modern Rock chart, with "The Kill" and "From Yesterday" entering the top three. A Beautiful Lie received positive reviews from music critics, many praising the album for the band's new sound from their debut album. The success of the album had helped the band receive accolades for their singles such as "The Kill" and "From Yesterday".

A Beautiful Lie differs notably from the band's self-titled debut album, both musically and lyrically. Whereas the eponymous concept album's lyrics focus on human struggle and astronomical themes, A Beautiful Lie‍ '​s lyrics are "personal and less cerebral".[1]


A Beautiful Lie was recorded on four different continents in five different countries over a three-year period to accommodate lead singer Jared Leto's acting career. The album's title track, as well as three other songs, were composed in Cape Town, South Africa, where Leto was later met by his bandmates to work on the tracks. It was during this time that Leto conceived the album's title.[2] Prior to this, the album was tentatively to be released under the title Battle of One. It was leaked onto peer-to-peer file sharing networks almost five months before its scheduled release; the version of the album that leaked was unmastered. Because of this, the band was forced to set back the album's release date.[1]

To promote A Beautiful Lie, Thirty Seconds to Mars included the songs "Battle of One" and "Hunter" (originally performed by Björk) as bonus tracks. "Golden passes" were also included with three of the special versions of the album that entitled the buyer free entrance and backstage access to any Thirty Seconds to Mars show for the rest of their formation.

A Beautiful Lie sold 21,000 copies in its first week of release in the U.S. and has gone on to sell more than 1.2 million copies in the U.S. alone.[3]

Alternative versions[edit]

Deluxe edition[edit]

On November 26, 2006 a special edition of A Beautiful Lie was released and features different artwork, a third bonus track (all versions have at least two); the UK version of the song "The Kill" entitled "The Kill (Rebirth)," and a DVD that features the music video for "The Kill", the making of the video for "The Kill," live performances and MTV2 moments involving the band.

Before production of the Deluxe Edition, the band requested that the members of the "Echelon" send in their names so that they could be thanked for their support over the years. As a result, the inside cover(s) of the Deluxe Edition contain a large list of printed fan names. In addition to this, the front cover contains a holographic image consisting of the Mithra (phoenix) and the Trinity (skulls).

2007 re-release[edit]

A Beautiful Lie was re-released in 2007, following extensive touring throughout Europe, in an attempt to expose themselves to a larger audience. The re-release is essentially the same as the original release, although includes different artwork. The album was re-released in Ireland again in November 2007, the version contains the UK version of "The Kill" and a second bonus track, and an acoustic version of the song "A Beautiful Lie" recorded live on a radio session.

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 2/5 stars[4]
Alternative Addiction 3.5/5 stars[5]
Billboard favorable[6]
Kerrang! 4/5 stars[7]
Melodic 4/5 stars[8]
Revolver 4/5[9]
Rock Sound 6/10[10]
Rolling Stone 2/5 stars[11]
San Francisco Chronicle 4/5 stars[12]
Sputnikmusic 3.5/5[13]

A Beautiful Lie received generally positive reviews from music critics.[14] Jon Wiederhorn from Revolver noted that "intensity and passion clearly inform the textural hard rock of A Beautiful Lie," which "boasts echoing riffs, moody bass lines, and strong vocal melodies that evoke a radio-friendly mix of Staind, Nine Inch Nails, U2, and The Cure."[9] Jaan Uhelszki of the San Francisco Chronicle described the album as "full of ferocious electronics, overcaffeinated guitar lines and anxious drumming paired with brainy, brittle but emotionally austere lyrics."[12] Nylon magazine called it "an album that is digestible without losing the rough-around-the-edges appeal that the band's rapidly expanding fan base crave."[15] Alternative Addiction commented that the band recorded "an album with a handful of very impressive tracks," beginning with "Attack", the first song on the record, which "soars sonically with processing mixed and forceful vocals."[5]

Christa L. Titus from Billboard felt that the band "proved its potency" with songs like "The Kill", "Was It a Dream?", and "From Yesterday", and praised Leto's vocal ability by writing, "[he] alternates between cathartic shouts and a tantalizing croon that shows his capable vocal range."[6] Kaj Roth from Melodic praised the sonic variety and summarized the record as "an impressive list of anthemic rock songs."[8] Davey Boy of Sputnikmusic echoed this sentiment, writing that A Beautiful Lie "works well as an album due to greater variety".[13] He also found the record "a more controlled effort" than the band's debut album 30 Seconds to Mars (2002).[13] Kerrang! magazine called it a "great album to close your eyes and fall in to, an anthemic eruption of upfront emotion."[7]

In a mixed review, Stephen Thomas Erlewine from AllMusic wrote that the "band floats out of time, inspired heavily by '90s alt rock but too clean, heavy, and facile to truly be part of that tradition, yet too indebted to the past to sound like part of the 2000s, either."[4] He found the band "capable enough at shifting from tense quiet verses to piledriving, heavy choruses, but they borrow the worst habits from all their favorite groups, and then assemble them in insufferably earnest fashion, playing clichés as if they were revelations."[4] Christian Hoard of Rolling Stone stated, "[d]espite some credible modern-rock tunes, Leto's self-involved myopia guarantees that his band's second disc is long on melodrama."[11]


At the Billboard Music Awards, "The Kill" and "From Yesterday" were nominated in the category of Modern Rock Single of the Year in 2006 and 2007, respectively.[16][17] In 2007, A Beautiful Lie was named Best Album by Rock on Request.[18] Thirty Seconds to Mars received the Kerrang! Award for Best Single in two consecutive years for "The Kill" and "From Yesterday" in 2007 and 2008.[19][20] Metal Edge ranked A Beautiful Lie one of the top 10 albums of 2005.[15] Melodic included it among the best albums of the year.[21] Alternative Addiction ranked it at number six on their list of 20 best albums of the year.[22] In 2009, Kerrang! listed A Beautiful Lie at number four on their list of the 50 best albums of the decade.[23] The album was included in Rock Sound‍ '​s 101 Modern Classics list at number 78.[24]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Jared Leto, except where noted. 

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Attack"     3:09
2. "A Beautiful Lie"     4:05
3. "The Kill"     3:51
4. "Was It a Dream?"     4:15
5. "The Fantasy"     4:29
6. "Savior"   Thirty Seconds to Mars 3:24
7. "From Yesterday"   Thirty Seconds to Mars 4:07
8. "The Story"     3:55
9. "R-Evolve"     3:59
10. "A Modern Myth" (includes hidden track "Praying for a Riot")   14:14
Bonus tracks
No. Title Writer(s) Length
11. "Battle of One"   Thirty Seconds to Mars 2:47
12. "Hunter"   Björk Guðmundsdóttir 3:54
Total length:

Credits and personnel[edit]

Credits adapted from A Beautiful Lie album liner notes.[25]

Charts and certifications[edit]

Release history[edit]

Region Date Format Label
United States[55] August 30, 2005 CD, LP, digital download Immortal, Virgin
Canada[56] EMI
Japan[57] December 7, 2005 CD, digital download
Australia[58] November 11, 2006 CD, digital download Virgin, EMI
Italy[59] February 14, 2007 CD, digital download EMI
Austria[60] February 15, 2007
Netherlands[62] February 16, 2007
United Kingdom[63] February 26, 2007 CD, LP, digital download Virgin
New Zealand[64] March 27, 2007 CD, digital download EMI


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