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  • Vinyl (18 Sept. 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Red Eye
  • ASIN: B000HEWH8M
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,027,827 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Part of the 'Super Nice Price 1470' series of low-price reissues from Universal. First-pressing-only release. Originally released in 2006. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By J. H. Rathband on 21 Sept. 2006
Format: Audio CD
Mars Volta are very different here in their expression: however I would not necessarily fit this as an album- it seems more accurately a stage of progression.

Frances the Mute had more of the feel of an album with its consistance in style- and by having more actual songs. This album rarely actually seems to go full in to song. There are outbursts which are undeniably funky and catchy- the places where they continue riffs and ideas through. But more often than not the album is in limbo between songs- not just in Limbo but often in solo.

The choice here is yours, I personally preferred the overall structure of Frances the Mute. The endless soloing in this album I often find to much in the struggle for the music to progress- amd it is more careless.

However, I still admire the album in its new approach to the Mars Volta sound- Mars Volta being one of the most exciting bands I can relate to the dead scene of modern day music.
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57 of 61 people found the following review helpful By A. Blair on 31 July 2006
Format: Audio CD
A mere 18 months after their 'Frances The Mute' masterpiece, TMV make a triumphant - and rather speedy - return with 'Amputechture'. It is their most coherent work to date in that it blends the (some may argue) "accesibility" of 'De-Loused...' with the more experimental elements of 'Frances...' yet manages to sound not much like either.

Beginning with the 7-minute 'Vicarious Atonement' the album instantly strikes you as different from previosu efforts. It's a slow track, the 1st 3 minutes of which are dominated by some dexterous guitar innovation and - most noteably - the clearly audible and welcome return of the keys which dominated 'Deloused...'. Towards the end of the song, the keys become more jazz-based, enhanced by the introduction of some brass instrument work. Moreover, vocals have been subtly layered making this rather delirious-sounding track even more enjoyable.

Stopping quite abruptly (as each track on this album does, unlike Deloused where they were woven into one another or Frances where there seemd to be 4-minute gaps of sound), you're led into Tetragrammaton - a 17 minute opus and perhaps one of the best tracks every put to tape by TMV. As expected, the fragility of the verses is balanced with the hyperactivity of the "chorus" with a tremendous bass-riff which is then followed by layered guitar work, solos and more layered vocals. The further extent of layering of the same instruments makes this album feel less cluttered than the last two. The 6-minute mark the track slows significantly in a Cicatriz-esque manner and around 8 minutes picks back up again in an explosive fashion with an amazing guitar solo.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jonathan Mulcrone on 20 Sept. 2006
Format: Audio CD
this is the mars voltas 3rd major album which they have brought out not too long after frances... as being a huge mars volta fan i was really expecting something special from the guys and because john frusciante plays on it (my fav musician ever) i thought well ok, this album is going to be extraordinary..

....and was i right?? YES, they have done it yet again with amputechture, which absolutely left me mouth open, and dazed. Only having 8 tracks, they are pretty lengthy as usual and really do go for it!! of course you may not know what i mean on first couple of listens but give it time and you will be addicted, and although not being their best, i gave it 5 stars because there is simply nothing wrong with it, but deloused and frances are better (thats saying something).. i strongly recommend you buy this album, one to remember..... thanks for reading
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By James N. R. Goad on 14 Dec. 2007
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I'm a big fan of The Mars Volta & at first, this album dissapointed me. It's quite different to their previous material & a lot of the pace & chaos that was present in the earlier work has gone. Instead they've delivered an album that sounds altogether more natural & cohesive. There's more focus on actual songs rather than the expansive soundscapes interspersed with frenetic energy.

This really is the definition of a grower. It sounds better every time I hear it. The only reason I don't give it 5 stars is the production on Amputechture. I wish Omar would allow someone else to come along & co-produce with him. The drums & Bass are so far back in the mix sometimes that they get totally smothered by all the layers of guitar & vocals. It's a real shame because some brilliant playing gets lost & the songs lose impact as a result.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Pete Baldwin on 21 Sept. 2006
Format: Audio CD
I'll try and do a short one cause you need to listen to this to understand it as there isn't much to compare it to!

The songs (not all but most) are big and complicated with different time signatures and rhythms. It takes a few listens to the album to make any sense of it as on the first few times, it will all just sound like one riff after another and wont seem to follow any patterns.

That said, if you have heard and liked the previous MV albums, you will like this as well. It is still obviously MV and they haven't really changed their sound, just expanded it.

One thing that improves this album for it is that at the end of each song, it finishes and gets on to the next one. I like to randomise songs on my computer and at the end of each song on FTM, there were 2-3 minutes of noise that was pretty pointless.. As an album, this flows much better.

As I said at the start, there's no point in trying to explain what it sounds like to you (anyone who knows the MV already will understand the difficulty of explaining what they sound like to someone whose never listened before) but it is crazy latin rock with brilliant drums, loads of mad solos, one of the best singers you will hear for a long time, funky powerfull bass etc etc.. you could go on and on but you just need to hear it.

Not for people who only like radio friendly rock. This is one that takes some listening!
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