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The Mars Volta


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2 stars So I am one huge Mars Volta fan, I absolutely adored all of their other releases, and YES! that includes the so controversial "The Bedlam In Goliath", so when Octahedron was announced to be an acoustic album I was really looking forward to it, not that songs like "Televators" or "The Widow" are my favorites, but I like them very much and I am always happy to see bands try something different. So this album still contains fantastic moments, "Since We've Been Wrong" and "With Twilight As My Guide" are absolutely beautiful, so you can see that the problem here for me is not the acoustic pop thing! Because THAT was what I expected this album to be! If only all the songs were as astonishing as "Twilight" this would've been a great achievement for The Mars Volta. But then you have songs like "Teflon", and it is so terrible! "Teflon" is a completely uninspired song with bad hooks and bad melodies, annoying really, it is not intense, it is not tense, it isn't anything at all! Then we get "Luciforms", first of all, the silence at the beginning (just as in "Since We've Been Wrong" and "Halo Of Nembutals) is absolutely useless, then the voice melody is barely a melody but just like mumbling, this is also found in "Halo Of Nembutals", the better of the bad songs, due to its good chorus. I don't feel the need to talk about every song, I think I summed it up well, Cotopaxi is fantastic, though.
JTP88 | 2/5 |


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