As the title seemingly suggests, American rock band 30 Seconds To Mars, delve deep into some ‘important’ ideas, utilizing their sound to explore themes of… well, ‘Love, Lust, Faith + Dreams’. Their latest album has been described by the band as being a concept album, with the album split up into four parts that each explore… well, ‘Love, Lust, Faith + Dreams’. On their new album, 30 Seconds To Mars once again demonstrate a fair understanding of glamorous and flashy rock music, with their latest album containing many elements of their previous work, whilst being a step forward in the direction of more flashy music, utilizing the use of synth and electronic elements. The result is an album that has been designed to be listened too as a whole, though one that seems to fall flat at many hurdles.
30 Seconds To Mars have always been a band that needs to be taken with a pinch of salt. The band have utilized many elements in their music that can easily be deemed as cliched and contrived. Each album the band releases seems to include new elements that is purely based on the current trends in the music industry at the time. That being said, the band still have produced some brilliant songs over the course of their career that work incredibly well, and work all the elements together. On their latest album, the band seem to delve into some electronic elements, which many bands seem to be doing these days. However, 30 Seconds To Mars haven’t gone so far as to ruin their old sound by completely replacing it, and instead have simply included elements which compliment the sound they’ve established. At times, it works well on their album, which shows the band is at least trying to use new ideas to create (what is in their eyes) as better music. There’s times on ‘Love, Lust, Faith + Dreams’ where the elements all come together brilliantly, featuring some well written songs. The album itself is one that contains varying shifts in dynamics that range from loud roaring rock numbers to down-played and gentle ones. As the album traverses each of it’s four themes, the music changes for each style, making a concept album that has had a fair amount of thought put into it.
There’s some elements that work on ‘Love, Lust, Faith + Dreams’, and it’s admirable that the band are at least trying to attempt new things and advance their sound in a way that works for them. Their latest album though seems to flop at many moments, with it never quite reaching the heights that the band have wished for. A lot of elements on the album come across as cheesy or just contrived, and it just doesn’t work well for the band at all. There’s many tracks on the album that just sound annoying and frustrating, with the instrumentals sounding weak and never quite sounding exactly right. There’s also many little effects and incidentals thrown into the album to give it the concept-album feel, though it just comes across as silly effects that don’t add to the overall album experience.
‘Love, Lust, Faith + Dreams’ is simply a big flop of 2013. There’s some moments on the album that seem to work, though the overall album experience is one that is simply not worth delving into. It is admirable that the band are trying new things, though it seems there is a lot they need to learn first before it all starts to pay off for them. 30 Seconds To Mars have shown they’re capable of writing brilliant songs in the past, with their hits ‘The Kill’ and ‘From Yesterday’ being brilliant tracks from their early career, that fitted well with the current trends of music tastes of the time. It’s a shame then that they’ve not been able to deliver on their latest album, where nothing seems to stand out to the same extent as their early hits. In fairness, it does some some interesting ideas from the band, though it is ultimately a poor album that fails on many levels.
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30 Seconds To Mars’ 4th album ‘Love, Lust, Faith + Dreams’ is out now, and can be purchased on Itunes.