The Mars Volta's live sets tend to divide fans, with some preferring the more focussed and polished nature of their albums, while others claim that they ARE a live band. Personally, I normally find myself somewhere in the middle, but Scabdates was exactly what I was looking for at a time when I was revisiting TMV. It completely delivers in terms of overall musicianship and the high energy that most TMV fans have come to expect. I've read about Scabdates being dismissed for several reasons, more often than not for being overindulgent - a criticism that's unfounded and slightly ironic. For me this is a fun record, that's it. The only detraction for me is the final track, which seems to break the momentum that the rest of the album built up magnificently. It's a pity that I tend to switch off by the time "Cicatriz Pt 4" rolls around, because the first 50 minutes absolutely fly by and definitely make the album more than worthwhile.