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The Mars Volta


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3.84 | 48 ratings

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3 stars I am a huge huge huge TMV fan. Frances, I believe, is an undeniable masterpiece, and De- loused is also very strong. This single does not disappoint. Frances the Mute, the song, is typical TMV, but it has more of a loose De-loused feel. Not that this is a bad thing. Frances the Mute, the album the song was originally intended for, is intrinsically more structured then its predecessor, so it would have had more of a De-loused sound.

The Widow has been edited to cut out that ending 2-3 minutes of noise. It's the same song that us TMV fans came to know and love, and the ending noises edited out makes more sense here. IMO, the noise is needed for the album, but the song on its own doesn't need it.

Overall, it's a strong single. It gives a good glimpse into the song whose lyrics appear in the Frances album, but with no song present on said album. TMV fan? Get it. Not one? Eh. 3/5 stars.

Yanns | 3/5 |


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