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The Mars Volta - Frances The Mute CD (album) cover


The Mars Volta


Heavy Prog

4.05 | 841 ratings

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4 stars Man, nice stuff! I don't know if it will be THE masterpiece of TMV, but if isn't, I have to admit it's pretty damn close. The only real flaw I could say I found were those looooooooong sound efects between songs, in some of them it would had done no harm to cut them a little. But nonetheless the music itself it's brilliant, quite a thing indeed. "Cygnus... Vismund Cygnus" opens the album and it's a hell of a song. During 10 minutes it's truly a fantastic thing, keeps your mind interested (that guitar work!) and never drags on... My second favourite in this album. "The Widow" is "the single", but it's a great track anyway. To me, it sounds like suddenly it's chopped off because of the final 3 minutes, but the initial 3 are worth the shot, they're thrilling. Listen to Flea's trumpet on this track, it gives quite a "Mexican" feel. Next comes "L'via L'viaquez". For those who wonder about the Spanish lyrics, they seem to make no sense anyway... But who knows, I didn't get any lyrics of this album (If someone can explain to me...) It's my favourite track on Frances, and it's absolutely perfect, a little weird at the end, but perfect. In my opinion it's the most experimental one and it's worth every of its 12 minutes. "Miranda, that ghost just isn't holy anymore" takes a long time to start but it's a haunting ballad, excellent, worth the wait indeed. It roughly has 5 minutes of actual music out of 13, but it's ok anyway because those 5 minutes really pay the album. The trumpet work, once again, it's perfect. At the end of this track, "Cassandra Geminni" kinda builds up. The final halfhour it's actually eight parts of one huge track, "Cassandra Geminni". Great and chilling at parts, weird at others, this one has it all, even some "spider voice" on movement one, "Tarantism". It's a nice track, although not my fave...
santiagoprog | 4/5 |


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