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  • Summary: The fourth full-length release for the rock band led by Jared Leto was co-produced with Steve Lillywhite.
  • Record Label: Virgin
  • Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock, New Wave/Post-Punk Revival, Hard Rock, Emo-Pop, Neo-Prog
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 11
  2. Negative: 0 out of 11
  1. Entertainment Weekly
    May 20, 2013
    91
    The album's overarching narrative is both inexplicable and pointless, but throbbing modern-rock anthems "Up in the Air" and "Bright Lights" offer visceral, hands-up hedonism. [24 May 2013, p.83]
  2. May 22, 2013
    82
    Some of the music occasionally leans toward being overwrought, but mostly Love Lust Faith + Dreams--along with its Leto-directed visuals--invests itself fully and artfully in its own vision.
  3. Kerrang!
    Jun 3, 2013
    80
    30 Seconds to Mars' latest collection is not cloying, expansive yet often economical, approachable without being familiar. [11 May 2013, p.52]
  4. May 22, 2013
    60
    With shorter songs and more restrained production it lacks the epic quality of its predecessor, and overall it is weaker for it.
  5. May 20, 2013
    40
    If Derek Zoolander made a record it would sound like Thirty Seconds to Mars: stadium rock so vapid and bombastic that if frontman Jared Leto were pulling off some kind of long-duration joke it would be genius.
  6. Uncut
    May 20, 2013
    40
    Their brand of gut-wrenching emo, aligned to fearsome fantasy rock remains both wildly overcooked and deeply derivative. [Jun 2013, p.79]
  7. Q Magazine
    Jun 17, 2013
    40
    Giant "woooaaahhs" abound but as with anything frantically chasing arena singalongs, Love Lust Faith + Dreams feels empty in the extreme. [Jul 2013, p.111]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 20
  2. Negative: 4 out of 20
  1. May 21, 2013
    10
    I think this album is great. I mean every song is amazing its a different direction and I'm in love with it. Each song on the album isI think this album is great. I mean every song is amazing its a different direction and I'm in love with it. Each song on the album is versatile and you'll never get bored. Expand
  2. May 22, 2013
    10
    This album is somewhat different then their last album but that's as expected because they change and give something new from each album. IfThis album is somewhat different then their last album but that's as expected because they change and give something new from each album. If you like their early released song from the album "Up In The Air" you will more then likely like the album a lot. I've been a 30 Seconds to Mars fan since their first album and while this isn't their best album it sure is great overall if you're a fan. Expand
  3. Oct 19, 2013
    9
    An awesome album. This album has my new fave 30STM song (Do Or Die) and other are just awesome. Do I really need to go on? Just go out andAn awesome album. This album has my new fave 30STM song (Do Or Die) and other are just awesome. Do I really need to go on? Just go out and buy the damn thing Expand
  4. May 13, 2014
    7
    Most of the songs on this album are decently composed, some are better than others and then only three don't resonate with me--fault of theMost of the songs on this album are decently composed, some are better than others and then only three don't resonate with me--fault of the listener, I guess? Very Pop-ish, but it doesn't detract from the Rock elements here, as Jared Leto's vocals still are heavy (without any screams, and less shouting than the previous album) and the Drums are still intense. Yes, the guitar sounds as if it is primarily absent on the album and is replaced by the Synthesizer, but it works in their favor on several songs that would ring differently with the pure electric guitar. Nice listen--not their best. They're going somewhere, but it's not here. Expand
  5. Oct 6, 2018
    6
    Enfim... Eles estão de volta com boas músicas, mas este álbum não é o melhor deles. Algumas músicas são incríveis. O resto da coleçãoEnfim... Eles estão de volta com boas músicas, mas este álbum não é o melhor deles. Algumas músicas são incríveis. O resto da coleção traduz-se em falta de criatividade e de sonoridades a pensar no "pop". De qualquer forma, a voz de Jared continua a soar lindamente. Expand
  6. Oct 17, 2014
    4
    Love Lust Faith + Dreams sees 30 Seconds to Mars take on a bombastic electro-symphonic style that feels simply feels underwhelming andLove Lust Faith + Dreams sees 30 Seconds to Mars take on a bombastic electro-symphonic style that feels simply feels underwhelming and uninspired. Described as a concept album around the four vague major themes it's titled after, LLFD starts off strongly with the slowly building "Birth" and the fiery electro-rock anthem "Conquistador." However it's all downhill from there, with 30STM using bland pop conventions on overproduced, built-for-stadium tracks. "Up in the Air" is a prime example of this, as is "The Race" and "Do or Die." The instrumental pieces ("Convergence" and "Pyres of Varanasi") don't really go anywhere and seem to be on the album for the simple purpose of being filler.
    The ballad's are arguably the lowest points of the album. Lyrically uninspired (the chorus to "End of All Days" is literally 'all we need is faith/faith is all we need') and sonically dull, "End of All Days" and "City of Angels", are also just simply boring and seem to drag on. Conceptually, there does not really seem to be any true connections between the tracks, the lyrics - just like the title or "concept" of the album - are vague enough to be about anything, however they are also dull enough to leave no actual impression on the listener. Although it seems they wanted to create a powerful and ambitious album, 30STM have actually released a collection of underwhelming, unimaginative pop anthems.
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  7. Jan 29, 2015
    1
    Okay so I LOVE 30stm! I have been an Echelon since I was 12, I'm 22 now. I was there when A Beautiful Lie blew up and when This is War blew upOkay so I LOVE 30stm! I have been an Echelon since I was 12, I'm 22 now. I was there when A Beautiful Lie blew up and when This is War blew up and frankly I was totally stoked for this new album, but when I heard their single Up in The Air I kid you not I almost cried, I was so disappointed. I thought if I listened to the entire album it would change, nope I was wrong. The only song that I thought was close to their old stuff was DO or Die. I get that it's important to grow and change but its not a good thing when your old sound is totally lost and that's what happened on this album. Their sound was gone almost entirely. Their music is so sincerely inspirational, but the sincerity and inspiration was lost on this album. But really the 4th album is always the hardest so hopefully their fifth is better! Expand

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