The dark and thrilling creative minds of 30 Seconds to Mars have released their newest project ‘Love Lust Faith and Dreams.’ Jared Leto, Shannon Leto, and Tomo Milicevic jumped right back into the studio after a record breaking 309 show tour that lasted two years.
The trio is well known for taking a few years of down time to develop their next release, but this album was constructed in a matter of a few months. Mid-Summer last year Rolling Stone announced that the group was back in the studio working on what would become ‘Love Lust Faith and Dreams.’
30 teamed up with producer Steve Lillywhite, who also produced ‘This Is War’, to create the perfect follow up to an almost flawless record. It’s safe to say that sophomore slump can come at any time in a band/ musician career and this album proves it.
This record is not bad, but it does not live up to the expectation that were expected by so many. ‘TIW’ was a huge stepping stone for the bands career. They were in the middle of a lawsuit with their record company, there was so much conflict going on in the world, and Jared Leto had reached his limit of being nice a friendly.
The album was harsh and soft, loud and almost inaudible, rock n’ roll and electronic; it was a masterpiece.
‘LLF&D’ on the other hand is happy and content. Everyone is happy to see the band has moved past all of the drama, but to receive an entire album full of joyful content tracks is in a way boring.
The music itself is lovely to listen to and the concept is ingenious, but the execution could have been pushed to the very edge and then some.
Maybe I have just become accustom to the epic room filling sound that the group had developed and wasn’t ready for this softer and restrained sound.
The first two tracks gave me the false impression that this album was going to be a contender to the pervious. ‘Birth’ has a large buildup that releases into an explosion of ‘Conquistador’. They did a wonderful job setting up the album and capturing my attention, but after that the album seems to lull around and don’t pick up again.
Even though the music isn’t as epic as expected it is still a great listen.
‘City of Angels’ is one of the most personal songs Leto has written. It is directly about his life and love for Los Angeles. ‘Bought my fate, straight from hell/ A second sight is paid off well/ For a mother, brother, and me.’ The melody is gorgeous and moving.
Another beautiful song off of this record is ‘Bright Lights.’ It’s a mellow electronic ballad that is worth a listen.
The only other track off the album that seems to have a resemblance to the last album is ‘Up In the Air’. The track is similar in style and a bit of sound. It is also the first single off the of the album and for its release 30 had NASA send it to the International Space Station to be played for the first time.
This album may not be the revolutionary follow that would be expected after a game changing record, but in the end it is lovely music. This may not be the album to listen to in the gym but it is the one to listen to after a long day.
‘LLF&D’ isn’t a let-down but is a step back for the band. Maybe this album is just what they needed. A pallet cleanser and a fresh start. Really, where else are you supposed to go after creating your best album? The answer is simple; back to the basics.