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The Mars Volta


Heavy Prog

4.07 | 999 ratings

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Tall Hair
5 stars This is maybe even the best release from The Mars Volta.

Frances The Mute is a very diverse album. It was quite hard to get into this music mainly because of the odd sound effect sections that appear every once in a while. For example Miranda That Ghost Just Isn't Holy Anymore starts with this unusual part where coquí frogs are singing in the background.

Although this album differs quite radically from their first album, it still has the mars volta sound. The album starts with Cygnus....Vismund Cygnus, which is maybe the best song of this album. It has some cool heavy-funk-prog feeling and some of the lyrics are sang in spanish. The Mars Volta uses alot of spanish in their lyrics. L'Via L'Viaquez is sang almost entirely in spanish.

I'll have to say a few words about the longest song: Cassandra Geminni. It's 30min long and very, very different. The song has a sort of wave-like structure. First the song is catchy and heavy and slowly it calms down, but soon it will again get louder and heavier.

Frances The Mute is an essential Mars Volta album. It's maybe weird for some people, but it's extreamly rewarding when you get the hang of it, so to say

Tall Hair | 5/5 |


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