City of Angels (song)
“City of Angels” is a song by American rock band Thirty Seconds to Mars. It was written by lead vocalist Jared Leto and co-produced by Steve Lillywhite. The song was released as a promotional single in July 2013 in the United States. A piano version of the song was digitally released in July 2014. It received general acclaim from music critics, who commended the song’s composition and production.
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“City of Angels” is a song by American rock band Thirty Seconds to Mars. It was written by lead vocalist Jared Leto and co-produced by Steve Lillywhite. The song was released as a promotional single in July 2013 in the United States. A piano version of the song was digitally released in July 2014. The track was included in the setlist of the band’s Love, Lust, Faith and Dreams Tour and subsequent Carnivores Tour. It received general acclaim from music critics, who commended the song’s composition and production. It peaked at number eight on the Alternative Songs in the US, and experienced moderate success in some international markets due to digital sales from the album. The music video for the song received the Loudwire Music Award for Best Rock Video and was nominated for Best Cinematography at the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards. It also appeared in the lower regions of the UK Rock Chart and reached number 21 on the US Alternative Songs chart. It is a synthrock song with influences and elements from experimental music. It has been cited as an example of the album’s variety and experimentation. It was recorded at The International Centre for the Advancement of the Arts and Sciences of Sound in Los Angeles, California and mastered by Howie Weinberg and Dan Gerbarg at Howie. Weinberg Mastering. The song is one of the first songs to be written for the album, but required a long period of time to record.
It features elements of synthrock as well as music from the 1980s. After the first verse, the chorus follows, with Leto singing, “Lost in the City of Angels Down in the comfort of strangers I found myself in the fire of a billion lights”. During the bridge, he affirms his melodic lines with his vocal lines with the crescendo, “I am home”. After the final chorus, the song reaches a drum-heavy climax with a melodic line and crashing percussion in the chorus. In a preview of the record, Jeff Hara acknowledged the influences that resonated throughout the track and noted that “hard rock and crashing guitars come in on the chorus for the chorus and the crashing percussion on the refrain. Sarah O’ Hara reviewed the record as a ‘pulsating, subtler track that employs a blipping electronic beat rather than the band’s usual rock backdrop rather than a rock backdrop’ in a review of the Love,lust,faith and Dreams album. She noted that it was the oldest song written on the album and took a long time to make. The band performed a piano rendition of the track at the iHeartRadio Music Awards on July 14, 2014. It was recorded at the Electric Lady Studios in New York City and mixed by Serban Ghenea at Mixstar Studios in Virginia Beach, Virginia. The latter had previously worked with the band on the production of their third studio album, This Is War.
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