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The Mars Volta


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3.64 | 422 ratings

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4 stars It's not an acoustic album - epecially the ones most associated with MTV's unplugged so to speak.

Consider it adding progressive rock acoustic e.g. Strawbs mentality, not a folk e.g. Peter Paul and Mary mentality.

It still contains the same heavy Mars Volta instrumental and singing everyone expects - no turning into a pop band as many a prog band did in the late 1970's/early 1980's)

Hopefully they will continue to go in this direction because, as someone who was getting tired of Mars Volta recordings becoming like Tool or Ozric Tentacles recordings (basically sounding the same from cd to cd).

The acoustic element forced them change in a positive more musically variety direction that tends bring out the best of their estabished instrumental and vocal passages.

Hopefully this will lead to the masterpiece rating in future recordings, but still deserving an excellent rating

SMSM | 4/5 |


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