Thirty Seconds To Mars • Love Lust Faith + Dreams • Virgin • US Release Date: May 21, 2013
Those lovable alt-rockers Thirty Seconds to Mars returned Tuesday, May 21 with their fourth studio album, Love Lust Faith + Dreams. Jared Leto and his bandmates have a following, that’s for sure. That following does not include the critics, much to the band’s chagrin. Studying over Metacritic‘s aggregation of the band’s album reviews, the results are none too pretty. Of the three album reviews in Metacritic’s database (2002’s 30 Seconds to Mars, 2009’s This is War, and 2013’s Love Lust Faith + Dreams), the respective aggregated scores stand at 49, 55, and a 62. The 62 is the current standing for Love Lust Faith + Dreams, which is an improvement over previous efforts – that’s some good news for Leto. But honestly, any of those three scores are unimpressive.
Let’s break it down a bit and assign a star rating to those numbers. I prefer ‘star systems’ as a reviewer, but everyone, including several other sites I ‘lend my pen’ for use differing ratings systems or none at all. But if you want to get technical (or simple depending on how your brain perceives it), on a 5-star review system with each ½-stars receiving 10 points (i.e. 5-stars = 100, 4 ½ = 90, 4 = 80, etc.), the 49 rating is ~ 2 ½ stars, the 55 is ~ between 2 ½ stars and 3 stars, and the 62 is firmly a 3-star rating. Only then, is the 3-star review respectable.
That said, everyone is entitled to their opinion. I recently penned a review for Love Lust Faith + Dreams and in ‘star’ terms assigned it a 3-star rating. Ultimately, Thirty Seconds To Mars have some great ideas (and songs), but they tend to ‘reveal the deck of cards’ to quickly and those ideas run their gamut. In college basketball (and it can be applied to other sports, but I’ll go with my favorite), you often hear about concern that a team has ‘peaked too soon.’ On the conceptual Love Lust Faith + Dreams, this happens to the band.
My review can be found here.