Thirty Seconds to Mars – It’s the End of the World but It’s a Beautiful Day
Ever-evolving band, Thirty Seconds to Mars, a collaboration between Jared Leto and his brother Shannon, have ambitiously released their sixth studio album, It’s the End of the World but It’s a Beautiful Day, which will usher in a new era for the alternative rock outfit. They are notorious for their ability to experiment with their sound, as demonstrated over the course of their previous five records, and this is no exception.
The drive to break out of the cookie-cutter alternative rock scene that was heavily prevalent in the band’s early releases – A Beautiful Lie (2005) and This Is War (2010) – and further still in the more pop-influenced Love Lust Faith + Dreams (2013). The current version of the band still includes the foundation of alt-rock that they were built upon, but it’s dosed heavily with synth-pop. This evolution will undoubtedly allow them to reach a wider audience.
It’s the End of the World relies to a large degree on exploring and conceptualising various aspects of human emotion in relation to the ups and downs in life. The band was able to capture this spectrum of feeling within the song Seasons, in which the lyrics, “People they come, people they go,” accompanied by the positive backing track, beautifully encompass the idea that some people are only with us through certain seasons of life, seeing the beauty in people entering and leaving our lives.
The boldly honest Love These Days looks at the state of dating in today’s age, or “What we call love these days,” detailing the lengths people go to just to experience love. The lyrics, “Getting high on heartbreak / Hooked onto the pain,” reiterate the harsh realities of the dating world and the seemingly endless cycle of heartache and pain, making this track, with its upbeat rhythm and catchy chorus, one of the most relatable on the record.
Brilliantly conveying the feeling of having an intense love for another person, but not being with them anymore, Never Not Love You portrays the intense emotions that linger after separating from a significant other. This mesmerising track includes emotive piano and violin moments, along with the words, “Even if I don’t ever see you again / I’ll never not need you, I’ll never not want you / I’ll never not die inside each time I hear your name,” that will resonate with many fans.
The final track Avalanche is an uplifting ending, full of lyrics such as, “Life, don’t let it pass you by,” and, “Time to live our lives / From the ashes we will rise,” synonymous with the idea of having a positive outlook on life, despite the fact that everything might be going horribly, fitting perfectly with the album’s title It’s the End of the World but It’s a Beautiful Day.
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It’s the End of the World but It’s a Beautiful Day is released on 15th September 2023. For further information or to order the album visit Thirty Seconds to Mars’s website here.
Watch the video for the single Stuck here: