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The Mars Volta


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4.18 | 1231 ratings

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4 stars This album's been discussed on pretty much any site that deals in 21st century rock music and a seemingly infinite number of blogs, so I'll try to keep this review fairly short.

Most people will tell you that this is THE Mars Volta album and the one that they will never be able to top. I however strongly disagree with that sentiment since I believe they've already topped it (twice as of the date that I write this review). Nevertheless, this is a monumental achievement from one of the most experimental acts in the beginning of the 21st century and one of the more popular rock acts out there. I remember reading how Omar, back in his days from At the Drive-In, discussed how the guitar was an instrument he absolutely hated, so he started adding sound effects to it so it wouldn't sound like the instrument he despised so much. For those who have heard Relationship of Command by ATDI this seems like the next logical step that the band would have taken, except they had split up and Cedric and Omar decided to go off in their own direction.

Overall this is some pretty heavy rocking music with experimental sounds every now and then. One of my issues with TMV is that while they are one of my favorite bands, I think they're best when they're trying to simply rock out, not when they start throwing in long psychedelic jams with weird sound effects every 3 seconds (I think there are other bands that utilize unique sounds much better than TMV often does). Some of the jams on this album work, but the one that bugs me and that I've never been able to get over is the one in the middle of the longest song on the album, Cicatriz ESP. And given the fact that this jam takes up the bulk/main section of the song, I'm bound to be frustrated by it. If they simply removed that jam, this would be a 5 star album. But because it's there, it never will be for me, so I have to give this 4 instead.

horsewithteeth11 | 4/5 |


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