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The Mars Volta


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3.64 | 422 ratings

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The Truth
4 stars Well they still haven't gotten away from the punk-laden music style that was on Bedlam and back to the good ol' Deloused and Frances the Mute but they're getting there. Omar Rodriquez- Lopez writes some very good songs and I can't see why he calls them acoustic but I like them anyway. The song Since We've Been Wrong brings back memories of the totally awesome ballad The Widow but at times you can almost hear some Televators in it. Teflon is a good track that shows some remnants of the psychedelic freak-out of Amputechture but it isn't too noticable. Halo of Nembutals is an excellent track that to me brings back memories of Deloused and With Twilight as My Guide brings back more of that Rodriquez-Lopez brand of "acoustic" music. The single, Cotopaxi is my least favorite track because it is the Volta trying too hard to have a hit single. Desparate Graves is a heavier ballad with excellent vocals by Cedric Bixler-Zavala which is a highlight of the album. Copernicus is another ballad that sounds a lot like With Twilight As My Guide but it is also a highlight. Luciforms is the most epic track on the album and ends it greatly. Not their best work but is an improvement from the Bedlam.
The Truth | 4/5 |


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