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The Mars Volta


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4.19 | 1136 ratings

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4 stars The Mars Volta debut album is kind of explosion on a sleepy world. They mixed heavy psychedelic with acoustic sound with trash explosions with dreamy synth loops and sounds in dangerous mix! If John Zorn is Zappa of modern world, The Mars Volta debut just informed us that (at least) new King Crimson ( of XXI century) is born.

I believe some people love their music and many hate them. It is even more than normal - it happened with Frank Zappa years ago , and even now he is love/hate figure ( believe me, I am living in only city in the world where monument to Frank Zappa is built).

Speaking about music, I love their chaos, noise and acoustic /melodic beauty, nervous voice and unfocused sound. I am not happy with muddy sound and bad sound mix, but I believe that even that gave to the album even more freaky atmosphere.

I own almost all TMV and Omar Rodriguez-Lopes solo works, and I can confirm that I enjoy almost all of them. But speaking about music, this album isn't best, as many think. IMO, their best work to time is next, second album. Better sound, a bit more better focused, with more targeted energy, it is the real gem. But in sense of historical importance, this debut is absolutely piece of art ( and a child of it's crazy, nervous, dirty, agressive and beautiful time).

One of the most important prog albums of XXI century ( at least - it first decade).

snobb | 4/5 |


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