Thirty Seconds to Mars
Love Lust Faith + Dreams


2.0
poor

Review

by Nick Mongiardo USER (134 Reviews)
May 22nd, 2013 | 194 replies


Release Date: 2013 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Let the Echelon riots begin!

Well, here we go again with another case of the overblown ego. As a fan of 30STM's older works and to an extent This Is War, this is quite a disappointing waste of talent. Gone are the somewhat good lyrics of TIW and the poetic nonsense of their self-titled masterpiece. Instead we are given something almost completely devoid of any type musical complexity. It's quite a shame because this is a talented group of people who at once point had the ability to exhilarate and create something thought-provoking. After the first listen of LLF+D the listener is left craving something much more, but not in the sense of actually wanting more if you know what I mean. This is an album that could have been something, but it never ends up that way.

Everyone knows the best known member of this band is the always easy on the eyes Jared Leto. He has always been an awesome singer with a versatile range and he has always impressed me. Sadly, his voice changed drastically and not in a positive way. He has always had A Chino Moreno-like voice, but he naturally sounded like Chino without trying. On LLF+D it is as if he is actually trying to forcefully duplicate him whether Leto knows it or not. It is extremely obvious that everything he does with his voice he can not do with grace and he often strains to hit a note like in "Conquistador." Come on Jared, we know you are capable of much more.

As for the rest of the band, everything is performed well, but that is the best comment I could really think of. The music lacks the substance or punch that made their past albums something worth while. Shannon has always been a decent drummer, but he is not really given much to do this time around. Gone are the consistent beats of Kings and Queens and the unique rhythms of Welcome to the Universe and Battle of One. He is left in the dust while his brother hogs the spotlight that he does not deserve. That aside, the band as a whole should give up the incredibly ostentatious attitude that they have developed over time.

The overall sound of the band is pretty much the same as This Is war. However, The Summit is a lot less prominent than on TIW and it is limited to 20-25 people which is extremely welcome. With that said, there are a lot more electronics and strings and the album, but none of them are used to their full advantage and nothing really works. "Up In The Air" has a bit of a sold out nature that sounds like anything you would hear on the radio and "Conquistador" is your standard rock sound with incredibly corny lyrics that run throughout the record. From the strange out of place intro to the overwhelming cinematic string last couple minutes, only one song really shows a glimmer of hope and that song is "City of Angels." The lyrics are actually somewhat decent and the music is actually engaging for once. However, this is not a thread on the album by any means. Most of the music is overblown and the lyrics are inane for the most part. "The Race" is also reminiscent of Search and Destroy off of TIW which is somewhat of a decent thing, but it's nothing I would listen to again.

Guys, what happened? Don't get me wrong, I absolutely adore when a band changes a lot over time and it usually shows a lot of maturity. This clearly did not work for 30STM. If you are a fan of TIW, you may actually like this one, but don't go into LLF+D expecting something as great as Kings and Queens. It is usually boring when a band releases a rehash of another record, but I wouldn't mind if they went back to Space Rock. That's what they are best at anyway. This is an overall difficult pill to shallow considering to talent at hand and how great they once were. Four years wasn't worth the wait for this mediocre record.



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Crawl
May 22nd 2013


2763 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

City of Angels is so laughable. Especially the whoa part which has the same melody as With or Without You.

Mongi123
May 22nd 2013


20964 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Let's face it: the whole album is laughable haha but that was my favorite out of all of them. Any tips on my writing?

DrGonzo1937
Staff Reviewer
May 22nd 2013


16735 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Dunno, I think I prefer this to TIW, if only for the lack of chior chanting. 2.7/2.8 for me at the minute. Good review though.

Mongi123
May 22nd 2013


20964 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Thanks man! How's my writing?

Crawl
May 22nd 2013


2763 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

Certainly not as bad as this album.

Merkmon
May 23rd 2013


6 Comments


"Guys, what happened? Don't get me wrong, I absolutely adore when I band changes a lot over time and it usually shows a lot of maturity."
Only thing I could spy wrong with this, the 'I' where an 'a' should be. Otherwise, I thought it this was decently written. LOL, I'm a bit of a lurker here, and decided I'd create an account(finally) to tell you about your mistake.

Mongi123
May 23rd 2013


20964 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Lol well thank you I guess I missed that. That question was actually directed towards the band and not the readers haha

Toondude10
February 26th 2014


14348 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Not gonna lie, you overuse the abriviations of the albums and you compare this album to This is War a little too much. If there is a way to cut back on that just a tad bit that would be fine.



Also, "City of Angels" is a boring as fuck track.



Good review though.

Emyay
February 26th 2014


6282 Comments


the kill is a good song and it has a sweet video but other than that i've never been a fan of this band. i had some friends that jizzed over the second album with the tiger on the cover or whatever and i just didn't get it

Toondude10
February 26th 2014


14348 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

technically This Mean War is their thrid album

Emyay
February 26th 2014


6282 Comments


my bad

Crawl
February 26th 2014


2763 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

This is War is pretty good

Mongi123
February 26th 2014


20964 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Toondude this was among my first reviews so yea it's pretty flawed haha



I still really like City Of Angels not gonna lie



Emyay, believe it or not their self titled is fucking awesome. Heavy space rock type stuff.

DrGonzo1937
Staff Reviewer
February 26th 2014


16735 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Agreed Mongi. Some melodies on that s/t album that'll rip your head off.

Toondude10
February 26th 2014


14348 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Meh, maybe their second best for me, granted Edge of the Earth is probably my favorite song by them

DrGonzo1937
Staff Reviewer
February 26th 2014


16735 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Whole album just pumps out stella track after track.



I do love a bit of ABL though.

Toondude10
February 26th 2014


14348 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

ABL is probably my favorite album from 30STM, had a lot more of my tastes than their first. Yet s/t is more nostalgic.

Crawl
February 26th 2014


2763 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

Oblivion is one of their best tracks

Toondude10
February 26th 2014


14348 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

That one too

Green Baron
February 26th 2014


25137 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

A Beautiful Lie was their best album.



S/T comes close



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