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Noctourniquet [CD]

The Mars Volta Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (26 Mar 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: WARNER BROS
  • ASIN: B0074EIQQU
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 19,761 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen10. Trinkets Pale Of Moon 4:250.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Vedamalady 3:510.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Noctourniquet 5:370.99  Buy MP3 
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Mars Volta - Noctourniquet 26 Mar 2012
By Gentlegiantprog TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
The Mars Volta return in 2012 with their sixth full-length studio album, Noctourniquet. As with most of their work many people will have made up their mind about whether they'll like it beforehand anyway, based on whether or not they like how the band keeps changing away from its early style. This time there is also a bit of interesting non-musical context surrounding the album that explains how and why Noctourniquet is the record that it is.

Firstly, the band have been known in the past for having somewhat exacting standards of quality and timing and so if they aren't happy with something it doesn't come out under their name. This has lead to a live album and at least two full studio albums being scrapped or put on hold so far. During their previous album Octahedron's cycle the band claimed that the follow up album was already recorded, but soon after they decided to make this yet newer album instead. Now however it is unclear whether they actually did or not.

It is also interesting that the band would put out a new studio album so close to when the At The Drive In reunion is going on, almost like either the band or the record company don't want fans to forget about The Mars Volta.

Finally, the line-up has seen a change; Isaiah Ikey Owens is absent from the keyboard position for the first time, John Frusciante doesn't contribute any guitar and Deantoni Parks makes his studio debut as the band's new drummer. Interestingly; despite the album being made without their long time keys player Owens, Noctourniquet seems to be driven primarily by Synths. Of course, The Mars Volta have always made use of keys and synths but this album features them even more than usual.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Never afraid to take the risks 21 July 2012
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Mars volta are consistent in that they are never frightened of taking risks. Nocturnequet is indicative of yet another leap over the career abyss. this time, Omar et al have created an album that is straight forward, and gone are the lengthy jams and guitar soloing that they were known for. I have to admit, that as an avid appreciator of prog and psych rock, i was a bit alienated on the first few listens. now, more recently as i listen, i see this album as a quick fix of Mars Volta-ism - perhaps the musical equivalent of a shot of espresso before work :). some great hooks here and there, great percussion, nothing too wild; nothing too meandering.

Mars Volts have shown that they can cut down on all the wildness, write an accessible song, and still retain their identity as a band. However, I do hope the insane musicality is back with the next album...

All hail one of the best bands around at the minute.

P.S If you like the Mars Volta, try Zech's Marquise. Brilliant

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars TMV back on form. 6 April 2012
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Having listened to this album a few times i must say that i am very impressed with it.

Love the funky drum beats, the experimental sound samples and the general sonic atmosphere that only TMV can create.

This is better than Octahedron, i know this album was slagged off but i actually thought is was really good, saying this I don't think Noctourniquet is quite as good as their debut De-Loused, but it is still and excellent album which gets better and better with each listen.

May they continue to produce many more inspirational ground breaking albums in times to come :)
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Mars Volta - Noctourniquet 21 Mar 2013
Format:Vinyl|Verified Purchase
Incredible, forward-thinking and diverse record, featuring some of the best hooks and ideas of their career. Omar's drum production gets bigger with every record and Deantoni's drumming is both intelligent and raw, putting him right up there with the likes of Theadore and Pridgen. Cedric never disappoints, delivering yet another stunning vocal performance! Thoroughly enjoyable listen and possibly the best album of their career.

Vinyl package is brilliant. Nice idea with the 3D artwork + glasses and the different coloured vinyl are awesome.

Great package and great album. Absolute must have for all fans of The Mars Volta
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5.0 out of 5 stars Blowout! 30 Mar 2012
By Gekko
Format:Audio CD
I am going to be brief; for me this album is superb! It lacks the "spirit" and aggression of ATDI recordings but I have completely dissolved listening to "Vedamalady".
Sonically whimsical as usual,the album puts you in a state of blissful perplexity.
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