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The Mars Volta


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4.19 | 1138 ratings

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4 stars Where do I start with a band near their start? At The Beginning. However I'm too sporadic for that at the moment. I admit I haven't listened to this album in quite some time. Almost a year since I've listened to a track. Almost three or four years since I've given the album a good listen. So where else to start than my favorites and work from there.

Drunkship was my first experience with TMV and it's a good place to begin. This song was everything I wanted in music at the time. I was hyped on Electronic music. Most particularly with hip hop but also paying close attention to the scene. On the other end of the spectrum Santana was on all my playlists. I heard this song and my it quenched my thirst for Modern Latin-vibed Rock and Rhythm. The drumming is on point in this song. The sound is jammin'. You get off the couch and just want to dance. This too me is the natural progression of the Santana Wave Length. Both Early and Santana/McLaughlin tribute to Coltrane-ish ideas are spewed on this track. Psycho freak outs and sexy rhythms. You can't help but notice the intensity and catchiness of Cedrics vox. Poppy vocals are sexy over progressive music. They tried it in the eighties but for the most part failed (IMO). The music was too over the top. They are going back to the roots with this song. All the while bringing in a modern almost punk attitude.

Son et Lumiere/Ineratic ESP is a treat for poppy ears and inquisitive ears alike. The bass/drums keep the track together for Cedric and Omar to tear it apart. The buildup then the explosion of intensity into an ambient ending all within a 5ish minute time period. Perfect for night time college radio.

I consider Roulette Dares to be Cedric's track. It really centers on his vox. I don't understand his lyrics at all but I love his melodies. Even with the intense instrumentalish breakdown I still feel this is more focused on the Vox. I can't help but think that his are beautiful. You get a great example of where their soon mastery of volume on this track.

Eriatarka is a raw piece of dance song. So many styles are thrown into this track. I can't even begin to describe the feeling I get. Except that I can't help but want to slap some booty and spin some glowsticks at the same time.

Cicatriz ESP is probably one of the sexiest tracks they've ever released. I can't help but continue to shake it. This is probably my favorite track on this CD. I love the little helicopter segue to hook around the 1:35 mark.

Apparatus is another Cedric track but this time I'm not as impressed. The only flaw to this album. It just tries too hard to be different. It isn't bad but I don't think it is of caliber with the rest of the album.

Televators is a great duo shining moment. The song is sad and beautiful. There is nothing else to be said. A really great track.

TtVCT is TMV's introduction into prog. Their music is fusion of many different sounds but up until this point they sound like a latin pop/post rock/jam band. This is well composed. I love the everything about this song. This song competes with Cicatriz for being my favorite track on this album.

This album is great minus one small problem with Apparatus. I can't really even pick out why I don't care for that song. After some time I find I can still listen to this album and find it refreshing. This album feels like it is searching for the Musical Utopia. Which is exactly what a progressive album should sound like.

This album is essential for those whom still yearn for more. However that means some of you won't like it and so I give it a four because some of you aren't open to TMV....

At least not yet.

besotoxico | 4/5 |


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