Picks and Pans Review: What I'm Listening to
Actor Jared Leto, 33, is back moonlighting as frontman of the prog-rock band 30 Seconds to Mars with the new disc A Beautiful Lie and a tour through Sept. 24.
THE CURE, DISINTEGRATION: Heartbreakingly beautiful, it's one of the darkest records that still leaves a sense of hope somewhere. The melodies and Robert Smith's vocals are just haunting.
RADIOHEAD, KID A: I can listen to it almost anytime to sort of clear my head. They're really inspirational because of their refusal to be afraid to embrace change. That was a very important factor for us [when making] A Beautiful Lie.
U2, JOSHUA TREE: This was a huge record for me when I was growing up. It's incredibly honest, beautiful, simple and elegant—all at the same time.
NINE INCH NAILS, THE DOWNWARD SPIRAL: A perfect album from start to finish. It's cinematic, brave and unique. You can tell that every moment is part of a pure sense of vision.
BJÖRK, HOMOGENIC: She has such a unique voice and a unique point of view as an artist, and I really appreciate that.