Half the battle in the rock world is to take risks. If you weren’t brave enough to take a risk once in a while, chances are we’d still be playing the same watered-down blues riffs until the end of time. Again, sometimes it’s best to play it a little safe…especially if the end product looks like this.
Despite good intentions, it was catastrophic failures that brought these bands to a dead stop in their careers. But what constitutes the end of a career? For many of these acts, they are just forks in the road or just a side note on the rest of their glittering career. If you look back, this is where things really start to go downhill.
No matter what kind of music they would create next, they all live in the shadow of those tracks, sinking all their goodwill and changing the public’s perception of them virtually overnight. Like it or not, you’ll never get that initial magic again once these tracks hit the airwaves. It’s noble of these bands to take such a risk, to say the least, but they really should have stuck to what they knew best.
It seems a little odd to give a career-killing song to something that’s not even that old yet. As far as the test of time goes, a song like Walk on Water by 30 Seconds to Mars needs a bit more time to sink in before anyone starts calling it a fall from grace or whatever. it would be. Given where Jared Leto has gone in his professional life, it’s probably safe to call this one while he’s still fresh.
Since A Beautiful Lie, Jared has tended to put 30 Seconds to Mars on the backburner of his acting career, and for good reason. There’s no way he could have made an impression in something like Dallas Buyers Club if he had to juggle touring around the same time. On Walk On Water though, it feels like a jock jam that Jared just threw in a few hours on his laptop between Bladerunner 2049 scenes.
From the sing-along chorus to the weird vocal manipulations halfway through, it sounds more like an Imagine Dragons song than the guy who gave you those incredible screams on songs like From Yesterday. If this is what we should expect from his music career in the future, perhaps Jared is in a better position to just focus on acting at this point.