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The Mars Volta


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4.07 | 1006 ratings

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5 stars Definitely TMV's best!

De-Loused in the Comatorium, don't get me wrong, is a great album...

But Frances the Mute is way better in terms of musical composition. I think De-Loused contains too many easyli-accessible songs. The songs on this record have sometimes melodies, sometimes choruses or riffs that very easily catch someone's attention.

It's not the case in Frances the Mute, or is it? It's not a mystery why so many have said that L'Via L'Viaquez, which is the 3rd track, is the greatest song on the record. To me, nah, not even close!

Cygnus... Vismund Cygnus - Great start with an agressive rocking track with a funk groove and foreign lyrics. This song is actually the whole frame of the album as the other songs, refer to this one in some ways. Great track with a lot of musical variations. 9/10

The Widow - If that song wouldn't have been a single, I probably wouldn't know and love TMV for what they are. I love the voice in this one with a great heavy chorus. For me, this one is too short... 8.5/10

L'Via L'Viaquez - Rock, Funk, Exotic beats... Piano SOLO! You have everything in this one... even made it on a Guitar Video Game... A little redondant to me, but still great guitars by Omar and Frusciante... 8/10

This is where the fun starts!

Miranda... - 10/10 Nothing much to say there but a song that makes you live every emotion possible there is to live in the human body and spirit... Listen closely and don't skip the jams and sounds

Cassandra Gemini - 9.5/10 TMV's longest track and one of their best. Take a ride and listen to this one very loudly and appreciate, there is so much psychedelic beauty in this one to not be known.

So, make it a five star album, by a five star band... and please don't give the rating after only one listen... took me 3 years and a half to fully comprehend the power and richness behind this album...

Long live Frances the Mute!

Messi19 | 5/5 |


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