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Omar Rodriguez-Lopez


Eclectic Prog

4.14 | 99 ratings

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The Quiet One
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4 stars The Mars Volta (without Cedric Bixler-Zavala)

This 2007 solo effort by Mars Volta's mastermind, Omar Rodriguez-Lopez, is an amazing offshoot of The Mars Volta's incredible and eclectic instrumental side. It has it all from jazz fusion, funk, latin and space music; all genres mixed up in an ingenious way and played greatly with a lot of power.

Besides Omar, you've got Juan Alderete on the bass, Adrian Terrazas-Gonzales on the sax and Omar's younger brother, Marcel, on the percussion/drums, all who have played (or are playing) with The Mars Volta. Since there is no singer, it's fair to say that this is like an instrumental take on Mars Volta's music.

From the powerful, funky-tinged 'Melting Chariots' to the mind-blowing 18 minute ''jam'' entitled 'Jacob Van Lennepkade II' featuring fantastic show-offs from all members involved, The Apocalypse Inside of an Orange is indeed an album all fans of Omar's main band should check out. However, like most of Mars Volta's albums, there are some unnecessary tunes filled with noise like the 11 minute title track which has zero content.

Overall, a very good work by Omar that shows all of the characteristics of The Mars Volta though focusing more on the instrumental aspects of their music. Besides fans of The Mars Volta, all those who can't get into the band's music because of Cedric's vocals, this is by every means the way to go.

4 stars: Though not as concise as the albums by The Mars Volta, still The Apocalypse Inside of an Orange is an excellent addition to your modern Prog collection.

The Quiet One | 4/5 |


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