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The Mars Volta


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2.80 | 93 ratings

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2 stars Despite everything I've said about how great the Mars Volta are, this is too avant-garde/ pretentious for a live album - even for them. I hope they release a more normal live album one day that more accurately reflects what their live performances are like - this seems to a weird mix of many shows with over-dubbed stuff. Particularly the final 20 minute long random noise generator in Part 4 of Cicatriz - I'm not quite sure what Omar is trying to show by this.

All said and done, I do think there are some really great parts to it - particulalry the highly skilled guitar playing in much of Take the Veil and Cicatriz - I really like that, and it's so raw and energetic

Also - the keyboards seem to shine out a lot more than in the studio stuff (they seem louder and very proggy). I really like that aspect too.

It is good - don't get me wrong, it's just that it really isn't a good place to start with TMV - this is for the fans -only they will understand...

PinkPangolin | 2/5 |


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