Thirty Seconds to Mars
Love Lust Faith + Dreams


2.0
poor

Review

by Simon CONTRIBUTOR (233 Reviews)
February 20th, 2014 | 17 replies


Release Date: 2013 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A convoluted mess that really signifies a band running low on decent ideas.

While all music is subjective, I think it’s fair to say most would agree that 30STM had a promising start to their career with their 2002 self titled debut, but have lost a lot of momentum with every release since.

It’s hard to see what Love Lust Faith + Dreams tries to do and who it’s target audience is. It’s an album that tries to have the epic scope of a Hollywood movie score from, say, a Christopher Nolan film. It tries to give you the songs as radio-friendly and easy listening as possible, whilst making you think they have depth. It also tries its best to have you believe it is both intelligent and well thought out.

According to Jared LLF+D started off as a collection of 200+ songs that were carefully whittled down to the 12 tracks that are on the finished product. To be blunt, if these 12 songs were the strongest from 200 songs then I dread to think what the rejects sounded like.


There are so many ideas thrown at this album, that it’s hard to tell when it’s coming or going. The start of the album is probably at its most consistent, but it isn’t saying much. ‘Birth’ starts off with steady drumming with Jared singing and slowly builds up until you hear this unearthly bass sound drop. A pretty good idea, but the song doesn’t really go anywhere after it’s given you its peak. And you couldn’t really call it an intro track, because it does little to line up the second single for the album ‘Conquistador’, which just sounds like a dodgy You Me At Six B-side.
‘Up In the Air’ is certainly a take it or leave it track and one that divided the 30STM fanbase even further. Personally I found this to be the strongest single from the album, and took it as a fairly solid pop/rock song. City of Angels is another average affair, but it does have some nice lyrical content to make it stand up a little from some of the songs on here.

Anything past City of Angels just goes off the radar and follows no continuity or pattern in terms of sound. From really bad attempts at epic instrumental tracks like ‘Pyres of Varanasi’ which has this awful horn sound at the end of the song which just sounds like Jared trying to rip-off Hans Zimmers Inception score, to ‘The Race’ which has to have one of the worst transitions ever. So bad infact, I actually thought it went on to a different song. And the song itself is painfully poor.

To be honest, with the exception of ‘End of All days’ -- which I’d say is my favourite track on LLF+D – and Northen Lights, the rest of the songs are barely worth mentioning; paper thin compositions with more often than not laughably odd transitions. It just feels like Jared went “right, I like that bit and that bit” whilst trying to force the two ideas together. Like a kid playing with a shape box toy, trying to force a square shape into the circle cutout.

Overall, fans of the old sound will be disappointed, and surprisingly, fans of the This is War sound will be equally disappointed. This album is at best dull and at worst an awkward mess. Too many ideas floating around and the few average/semi-interesting ideas on offer are badly executed. I find little to recommend here.



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Mongi123
February 20th 2014


20082 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Good review man. However, I'd go more indepth about the songs. What makes these songs horrible? Pretentiousness? Is Leto's performance good enough? Just stuff to think about.

Green Baron
February 20th 2014


24419 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

oh hey gonzo you finished this

Digging: Melody's Echo Chamber - Bon Voyage

Tunaboy45
February 20th 2014


16703 Comments


They haven't been relevant for years.

Mongi123
February 20th 2014


20082 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Leto himself is still relevant imo. Like damn have you seen Dallas Buyers Club? But his band, nah they've yet to convince me they should keep going.

unaMUSEd
February 20th 2014


1441 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

review is 100% accurate

BMDrummer
February 20th 2014


14440 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

I never knew they had so many songs to put on this album, it would be interesting to hear them all.

unaMUSEd
February 20th 2014


1441 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Interesting? Possibly. Enjoyable? Probably not.

DrGonzo1937
Contributing Reviewer
February 20th 2014


15089 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Cheers guys.



Thanks for the advice, Mongi, I hear what you're saying, but I felt I said what was needed really. Half the songs really aren't worth mentioning. lol I've been playing this album the last couple of weeks and miinus the obviousness of how awful a lot of this album is Northern Lights and End of All Days are pretty damn solid. It's a shame leto didn't stick to one theme or style.



Also Dallas Buyers slays. :D

Digging: HEALTH - VOL. 4 :: SLAVES OF FEAR

Mongi123
February 20th 2014


20082 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

No prob man. I love his voice but it just not used well here. I wish they'd go back to their roots a little.

Tunaboy45
February 20th 2014


16703 Comments


Yeah, I think leto is actually a good actor. The band is slowly fading into obscurity in my opinion. Give it a few years and they'll be forgotten.

DrGonzo1937
Contributing Reviewer
February 20th 2014


15089 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Defo Mongi. Can't see it happening, mind.



But you're right tuna, I'll be checking out the next release, but if it's pretenious shit I'm done with these fools.

Cormano
February 20th 2014


1374 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

"They haven't been relevant for years."

LOL

Cormano
February 20th 2014


1374 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

"Give it a few years and they'll be forgotten."

TOP LEL

Crawl
February 20th 2014


2558 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

This album is shit, and i gave This is War a 4.

unaMUSEd
February 20th 2014


1441 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Tunaboy what are you on about they're bigger than they ever have been. :P

Green Baron
February 20th 2014


24419 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

I'd say their peak of popularity was at A Beautiful Lie or This Is War, but they're still pretty big.





Tunaboy45
February 20th 2014


16703 Comments


hey that's just my opinion. i have friends who hate this album and friends who love it. I'm completely neutral when it comes to this band.



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