Elevated to the position of international stars -- if not quite globe-conquering superstars -- with their 2009 album This Is War, 30 Seconds to Mars do the smart thing for their 2013 sequel, Love Lust Faith + Dreams. They retain War co-producer Steve Lillywhite -- here co-producing with the band's lead singer/songwriter Jared Leto -- and give themselves a sleek, stylish makeover, accentuating the creeping escalation of electronics heard on This Is War and otherwise shedding whatever churning new millennial angst that lingered on the third record while retaining their emo angst and love of prog. Often, the pounding, splattering analog synthesizers bring to mind the otherworldly, trapped-in-amber futurism of the '70s -- the instrumental march "Pyres of Varanasi" expertly evokes the unsettling vistas of Wendy Carlos' soundtrack for A Clockwork Orange -- but this isn't a retro record, it's galvanized for the present, pushing its thick processed guitars, chanted choruses, and clanging keyboards to the forefront, flirting with taboos underneath its shining surface. 30 Seconds to Mars are no longer afraid to dabble with disco -- "Up in the Air" puts all four on the floor and there's an overall tendency to push big beats over hard attacks -- and this loosening of their stylistic confines results in their boldest, brightest, most imaginative record yet.
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Performance CreditsThirty Seconds to Mars Primary Artist
Zhu Zhu Vocals
Technical CreditsMichael Joyce Programming
Steve Lillywhite Producer
Damien Hirst Artwork
Shannon Leto Composer
Jared Leto Composer,Producer,Artwork
Patrick Nissley Programming
Morgan Kibby Programming
Cory Enemy Programming
Jamie Schefman Engineer
Jacob Plant Programming
Clay Blair Engineer
Alexandra Morton Artwork
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Love Lust Faith + Dreams based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Don't listen to the 2 star review of this album. If you want to learn more about 30 Seconds to Mars, watch the documentary they made called Artifact which was their fight against the 30 million dollar lawsuit thrown at them by their record company at the time that they were recording their album This Is War. Love, Lust, Faith + Dreams was them finally being able to enjoy focusing on creating an album without a lawsuit looming over their heads. I mean, this band has broken a Guinness world record for longest tour. If you've not seen Thirty Seconds to Mars in concert, which I believe the 2 star reviewer hasn't, they have no business reviewing a 30STM album. Each album of theirs is a new chapter in their lives. There's nothing unfinished or hurried sounding in Love, Lust, Faith + Dreams. A beautiful album from start to finish.
Jared keeps saying that LLF+D is their best album yet, but I honestly think is just ok. It seems that LLF+D was made in a hurry with a bunch of unfinished rejected songs, that Jared had laying around to avoid being sued again by their record company.