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Love Lust Faith + Dreams
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 14 July 2013
This band's previous album This is War, was always going to be hard to top. In my humble opinion TIW was outstanding, groundbreaking and it spent an awful lot of time on my car stereo.
Love Lust Faith & Dreams is not TIW, its is nothing like it, and was never intended to be. For that reason alone I was prepared to dislike LLF&D, but as it turns out I don't.
I don't have time for all the pretentious rubbish I have read about this album. Where it has been called a departure from previous music, or breaking out in a new direction. Whatever, lets just play the music, enjoy the music (or don't) and lets not try and over think what this band should or should not be doing. This isn't politics it's 12 tracks on a cd that you will either love or hate.

I loved it, Jared Letos always been a bit pretentious (in my eyes anyway) Having said that, he knows music and he isn't afraid to do his own thing. I have to admire this album because if nothing else it has guts. It plays well from start to finish, And in it's own way is truthful. No I don't think it is as good as TIW, but then that album was written (it seems to me) with a passion, that isn't needed here, which is why I think it is unfair to compare them. LLF&D may not have the passion and the energy TIW does, but it still stands up well, and is an achievement Mars should be proud of.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on 1 June 2013
I couldn't listen to this CD quietly, yet, but after one general review, I have to say that "LLF+D" is not even close from the masterpiece "THIS IS WAR", which contains some of the bests alt-rock ever written. At this new album 30STM just changed what they'd become, to (try) to evolve to a new and different sound, which is a very valuable attempt and risk, but for me, is not really working. Here you'll find more electronic sound, and maybe "deeper" lyrics, and less drums, guitars, and anthems.

Obviously, I am not saying this is a bad album. If you like the band, you will like this LLF+D, but forget about a new TIW. That was history of music. Unbeatable.
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on 16 June 2013
When MARS announced the release of their long awaited fourth studio album, it was clear pandemonium would 'soon' ensue in the echelon world. But how on Earth could the new album live up to it's insurmountable predecessor? With tracks so honest they broke your heart and built it back up again (Alibi, Vox Populi, Kings and Queens) and filling the listener with that unique MARS trait of unity and a place of belonging, how could they even come close to that again? The answer? With Love Lust Faith + Dreams.

The transition from This is War to LLF+D is perhaps more distinct to those who've listened to their albums frequently. And while some may argue that this album is 'too different', 'too electric', 'too pop' or the age old - 'this isn't like the old MARS. I liked their old stuff better!' I would feel strongly inclined to argue back. This album is simply the next step in an even more evolved band- a band that relishes the opportunity to re-invent and create. A band that has traveled the world and brought it back with them. In tracks such as Pyres Of Varanasi and City of Angels you can really feel the influence of cities, countries and even continents. Something I've failed to find so well done in any modern bands.

It's hard to sum up this album in a short review, because this album is something you really have to hear to understand. No words can describe the riffs, beats, vocals and above all sincerity that this album provides. The echelon family are still at the heart of this record, and whether you're a life long MARS fan, or someone looking for some new musical inspiration, one thing that can be certain is that MARS will deliver above and beyond what people expect of them. Perfectly communicated through a few lyrics "We will, we will, we will rise again" with LLF+D, MARS most certainly have risen.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Ok like with Muse, 30 Seconds to Mars have moved off in a direction that certain fans aren't impressed with (last 2 Muse albums have been very average). I think the 1 star reviews are very harsh, yes it's not 30 Second to Mars of old, gone are the edginess to their songs. Been replaced with a thin crust and gooey centre. This album feels like a concept album, but perhaps uncertain which way to turn at the cross roads. It's not bad (average), but they could do a lot better and hopefully it's not a sign of things to come.
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on 9 July 2013
30 Seconds To Mars have a tendency to evolve. Their albums never sound quite like the last. This goes for all of them; from their debut to the current one. In every other part of life we consider evolution and change to be a good thing. So why not when it comes to music? Do fans really want bands to sound the same on each and every album? If so then i think fans are missing out. Listening to album after album that sounds the same as always is TEDIOUS and boring; just look at a band like Nickelback-BORING!!

In contrast, 30 Seconds To Mars are showcasing their talent. They can do the screamo, they can do the political, they can do the funk which they showcased on their previous albums. Now they have made a concept album and as ever it's musical, fresh and encompasses a multitude of subjects, and it really works. No, Jared Leto doesn't scream, he is not singing about War; he has evolved. Good bands do not want to sound the same, they don't always want to sing about the same shit, and they have demonstrated that on each album.

If fans only want to hear what they always want to hear, then they are not true fans. A true fan forgets about the previous albums; puts them at the back of their mind and accepts the evolution, and enjoys it, and loves it all the same. They relish it.
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on 26 June 2013
I had high hopes for this album after the masterpiece that was This is War with its epic stadium sing along anthems but this falls well short of that mark, in some ways its all the quiet moments from the previous albums, had the previous albums been made wholly of these, the band we know would not be as big as they are.
The album starts off well enough, a great grandiose opening, and leads onto the best 2 tracks on the album Conquistador and Up in the Air, which are the only tracks which come close to their previous greatness, The Race tries to recapture the This is War feel, but lyrically it sounds forced whilst the music actually seems to be going somewhere else. After this the 'new direction' emerges prolifically, its a good listen, but nothing to get excited over and its far from epic. Had the album continued in the same vein as the opening 3 tracks, this would have been an animal to rival their previous efforts but the new direction (if it continues) is just to timid, for anyone to take real note, they need to write anthems again!

The DVD is all right, the mini documentaries really are mini, and the 300th show was rather dull, though I'm sure it was amazing if you saw it live.
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on 19 November 2013
After reading some of the reviews on this album, I was undecided whether or not to download it. But as I am going to their concert next Saturday at the O2, I thought I had better or be out of the loop as it were. Well on my first session listening to it, I felt I had better do a review to help others decide. Sorry all of you who thought it wasn't as good as TIW and I don't want to be rude to any of you, but reading your reviews was like listening to a wine critic spouting a load of pretentious clap trap. It is not "This is War"...a truly great album; but it is very good. It has plenty of hilights and enough raucous rifts to sing your heart out to and to make any unfortunates who have to share your car, cover their ears and run for the hills. I know this is going to grow on me more and more. I LIKE IT! I do know that the samples on Amazon do not do it justice, so if like me you are undecided, take a leap of faith in your fav band and do it. I really don't think you will regret it. I have only given it 4 stars as I haven't listened to it all yet- but I am sure that will be a 5 when I have. ROLL ON SATURDAY!!!!
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on 6 July 2013
This album is brilliant, magical, fun, creative, heartfelt and meaningful!
IF YOU ARE A TRUE MUSIC FAN, NOT A MUSIC SNOB, YOU WILL LOVE THIS!!

I recommend you don't listen to all the nonsense surrounding it or the band and listen to it yourself .
I hate all the stupid narrow-mindedness that SOME punk/metal/rock fans are trying to stick to this album about the band suddenly being pop or trying to go mainstream to get more fans.

Take a listen: this album is NOT mainstream.
Take a look at the vid for Up in the air: The vid is NOT mainstream.

Music itself is creative and these guys are 3 of the most creative people in the industry at the moment, there is no need for people to constantly have labels on every artist and every piece of music, IT'S MUSIC! People should be allowed to like what they want without others telling them "you're listening to the wrong thing" or "that isn't popular".
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 17 December 2013
excellent cd, blast it out in the car every day while travelling to and from work, cheers me up enormously
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 21 May 2013
I think this will be a marmite album for most. For me I struggled to pick out any real standout guitar sounds in this album. Most of the big sounds are keyboard synth, Shannon does his best with his Taiko drums but if you like your music heavy with guitars this may not be for you. Some of my most loved albums I did not take to straight away and as such I will keep listening to this one.
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