Thirty Seconds To Mars - Love Lust Faith + Dreams
Thirty Seconds To Mars divide opinion: some love their particular brand of showmanship, others find them faintly ridiculous. But maybe it just comes down to whether you get them or not. You'll know the formula by now, a theatrical approach to hard rock with shades of Queen and Muse, 30TM have built a career by walking the fine line that divides hip and unhip. The big hair and mascara, exuding a sci-fi fantasy of outsider cool, gives you an idea of what to expect. Their fourth album, the bombastically titled Love Lust Faith + Dreams, is their first in four years.This is the very definition of a Thirty Seconds To Mars album: the epic ('City Of Angels'), the nonsensical ('Pyres Of Varanasi'), the theatrical ('End Of All Days'). The big guitars and overwrought singing from frontman Jared Leto are the musical weapons to pummel listeners with the big themes referred to in the title. The only downside is that it's all a bit dull. The identikit songs of the first half add little to the canon and it's not until 'End Of All Days' that they change it up a little. Ironically for a band that likes to be dramatic, and can do flamboyance with the best of them, Love Lust Faith + Dreams is safe and samey and lacks the sense of drama upon which they've built their audience.