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  • Audio CD (14 Mar. 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Single
  • Label: Mca
  • ASIN: B0007SM9XG
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 180,136 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Seyton Dennis on 16 Mar. 2005
Format: Audio CD
Since the release of their highly-praised debut, 'Deloused in the Comatorium', The Mars Volta have gathered what can only be described as a cult following. Through word-of-mouth and their notorious live shows, their fanbase has spread throughout the United States and across the world.
'The Widow' is the first (and probably only) offering from their long anticipated follow-up, 'Frances the Mute', and serves up heartfelt vocals from Cedric Bixler-Zavala, and some classic rock guitar from Omar Rodriguez-Lopez. The track strolls a long at a steady pace, building from a gentle acoustic intro to a powerful chorus, travelling through finger-numbing guitar solos and interventions from trumpets, steadying to a gentle, if not a little predictable halt.
The 'B'-Side, 'Frances the Mute' is the title track that never made it onto the album (it wouldn't fit!), and is a more characteristic Mars Volta track. After a steady 4 and a half minute intro of 'ambient noise', it breaks down into a frenzied, high-tempo blaze of true TMV music. It then slows down into a soft lullaby, with gentle acoustic guitars caressing Cedric's husky/whispering vocals before a sporadic burst of guitar and drums flows into a Black Sabbath-esque riff. A truly wonderful track, one not to be missed!
All-in-all, a decent single that deserves to do well, but won't get the praise it deserves. In my mind, 'The Widow' is not the best track from the album, but certainly the most accessible to a fickle public. But even if you've heard 'The Widow' and don't like it, buy it for the B-Side. You will be converted.
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By Howard Grove on 31 July 2014
Format: Audio CD
it always good to have something a bit different in you music collection, this lives up to that.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
The lost track from Frances the Mute. 7 May 2005
By Joshua Chandler - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
"The Widow" is the first single that The Mars Volta chose to promote Frances the Mute, their second full-length album. This CD contains it in its radio edit form, which some prefer to the double-length version on Frances the Mute (the last half of which consists of cycling samples played over and over again as a drawn out cool down). Either way, this CD is something you'll want to own as a true The Mars Volta fan, because not only does it contain "The Widow", it also comes with "Frances the Mute", the title track that was missing from the CD for lack of room. The massive track plays for 14:39. If I could compare to any of the other songs from Frances the Mute, it would have to be "Cassandra Gemini", but of a mood more like "Miranda That Ghost Just Isn't Holy Anymore" in the way this song has to both warm up and cool down. How "Frances the Mute" should have fit into the track list of the album is arguable, but many prefer it in the first position, serving as an ominous prologue. No matter what, the song is definitely worth getting your hands on if you're a big fan of The Mars Volta. If you aren't and you don't own any of their full-length CD's, you should pass this up and buy De-loused in the Comatorium or Frances the Mute instead.
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The Completion of _Frances the Mute_ 5 May 2006
By Zachary A. Hanson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Omar said in an interview that the track "Frances the Mute," the fiteen-minute track on this single, was actually his favorite song on the entire _Frances the Mute_ album. Your guess is as good as mine why it didn't make the album or why they didn't put _Frances the Mute_ out as a double-CD, but you really don't have all of _Frances the Mute_ until you have this single. (Any way, that's the part of Volta you love the most: the enigma.) This track has Volta sounding more like Yes than they ever have around the ten-minute mark with some spiky jamming and then some _Tales from Topographic Ocean_ under-sea stuff and a rousing rifforama with Cedric's "this never happened" refrain. It's really a great song, as good as anything they have ever done. And let's just say, without giving too much away, that it makes _Frances_ come full circle both musically and lyrically. Get your hands on it.
Mars Volta - 'Widow' (Universal) 30 Nov. 2009
By Mike Reed - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Two track CD single that is to store right behind your copy of their 'Francis The Mute' effort (see my review). First, there's the title cut that is actually a non-lp song "Francis The Mute" (14:39) with some rather intriguing lyrics - sort of maybe reminds me of Zeppelin's 'Houses Of The Holy' era and the radio edit of "The Widow" (3:19). Overall, not a bad rarity - but why is this CD single so costly?
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