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The Mars Volta


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3.87 | 562 ratings

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4 stars I have a problem with this album. I discovered TMV a year before through Frances the Mute. Next day I bought Deloused. Since then I highly appreciate this band. I can't say that it is one of my favorites but they tend to be. But this album confused me.

In the beginning I thought that this is one of 2006 disapointments. I don't know, maybe then I was not in the right mood to listen to their music. But I never beileved that they took this album so loosely. After a few spins and a more close look to the lyrics I must admit I was very wrong.

I believe that in this record the band concentrates at the lyrics. Dark, melancholic, negative and mordacious. I think that the main issue is loss and they describe it in a religious way. The main idea is not something new but the way to present it is innovative. Brilliant work.

As for the music, well, their unique style is here. It sounds very 70's as always but it lacks the punk references of Deloused and the avant-garde sounds of Frances. There is nothing mainstream about them, they have psychedelic elements and interesting distortions to their instruments. The result is very solid and every song has its flavor. And the latin parts beautify the sound.

I still have problems with the verdict. It is more progressive than many bands here but it is not so as Frances the Mute (if I could review Frances, I would give it 5 stars, but I don't feel ready to do it). Anything less than 4 stars will be unfair. But 5 stars I don't know, not after the previous works. I believe that if I was to rewrote this after a few seconds this would be so different. But it always tends to ascend. 4,5 stars from me.

Sophocles | 4/5 |


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