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The Mars Volta


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4 stars Listening diary 16th July 2021: The Mars Volta - Octahedron (progressive/art rock, 2009)

Their most accessible, and yet bizarrely their most under-appreciated album. I suppose that sums up The Mars Volta's audience for you. But as someone who always loved their hooks more than their 10-minute psych jams, I can really get down with this one. The focus on more concise tracks really bears fruit, with both the rocking numbers and the frequent ballads having some of the band's most memorable melodic lines. It really goes to show just how talented they are at making songs catchy, even if they spent half of their career before this obscuring that fact. Some of the sheer ridiculousness I love in these guys is missing here, but I don't think it's a bad thing they made a record like this. Some restraint is good every now and then.

8.0 (7th listen)

Part of my listening diary from my facebook music blog -

Gallifrey | 4/5 |


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