*This review was composed by Sydney Gore and edited by Erik van Rheenen
Thirty Seconds To Mars’ fourth album is another piece of art to add to the Echelon’s shrine, directly underneath the framed photo of Jordan Catalano. Love Lust Faith + Dreams picks right up where This Is War left off four years ago:Jared Leto, Shannon Leto, and Tomo Miličević marching to the beat of their own drum, paving a path for dreamers through unexplored territory. On this album in particular, 30 Seconds To Mars maintains its solid rock base, but also dabbles in the fine arts of electronic music.
It wouldn’t be a 30 Seconds To Mars album without artistic angles, provocative themes, optimistic anthems, and a little bit of French spoken here and there. Each track on Love Lust Faith + Dreams is a modern symphony, exploring the title’s elements in the most innovative way possible.
“Birth” is a powerful introduction, surging with horns and string instruments. Underneath the orchestra, heavy rock beats roll in from underneath, and as the song fades out into the next track, “Conquistador,” the band’s trademark chanting ensues. Not even 30 seconds in, a chorus of voices shout “we will, we will, we will rise again” in unison with Jared Leto. (It might remind previous listeners of the “This Is War” anthem.)
“Up In The Air” follows in the same vein, but lingers towards the edge of danger with more electronic influences. The song is so uplifting that it will make listeners want to dance, specifically in the same motions as the variety of professional dancers in the music video. “City Of Angels” maintains the momentum set by the previous tracks, just at a slower tempo, toning down the rock and cranking up the electronic beats.
“The Race” rings truest to 30 Seconds To Mars’ older material, particularly reminiscent of the song “Hurricane.” The engineered beats drive the song all the way to its explosive chorus where instruments meet vocals. From then on, the album illuminates twinkles of nostalgia.