Pyres Of Varanasi
Label: Virgin (VIR)
A concept album that apparently explores each theme in its title, Love Lust Faith + Dreams is 30 Seconds To Mars' audacious stab at sprawling art rock a la Muse and Radiohead. This entails dense swells of orchestration ("Conquistador"), grim piano balladry bursting with apocalyptic visions ("End of All Days"), Delta blues giving way to prog ("Depuis le Début") and a smattering of over-produced electro-pop that would sound perfect at Eurovision ("Pyres of Varanasi," "Up in the Air"). How exactly all this bombastic stuff supports the concept is a question only handsome Jared Leto can answer.