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5.0 out of 5 stars a musical revelation, 4 Jun. 2004
By A Customer
This review is from: De-loused in the Comatorium (Audio CD)
Being a big ATDI fan, I was expecting this album to be something incredible, and my expectations were even higher after hearing Sparta's incredible debut.
My first encounter with the Mars Volta was when i got the opportunity to see them play live at the Leeds festival, and given their incredible space age and dynamic sound, they managed to play two songs in about twenty five minutes. I left feeling very confused, id liked bits of what i'd heard, but was it really music??
I subsequently heard the album, and again, loved elements of it, but the whole thing left me a bit confused. It was only when i bought my own copy, and listened to it several times that the whole concept began to come to together in my head. The subtle bass and drum interplay, the manic guitar riffs, the genius of Jeremy Ward, the genius interlinking of several instruments seemingly playing several different songs (especially on inertiatic esp), the wonderful soaring vocals, the impossible time signatures...
This is a magnificent album. Truly life changingly incredible. the best album of last year, the best album of the decade so far. There is no praise to great.
I always think it's the mark of a great album when everybody thinks that a different song on the album, and reading through the reviews here on amazon, almost every song is hailed either as somebody's favourite, or 'the highlight of the album'. Everyone has their personal favourites, as do I, because there are a lot of incredible tracks on this CD.
Somebody here writes that the Mars Volta aren't heavy enough. Being a fan of Pantera, early Metallica, Fear Factory etc... I would happily call the Mars Volta heavy enough, but they are not a band to be judged by their heaviness, save that for death metal. They are a band to be judged by their genius. I agree with another review here, they are the biggest musical revelation i have had since i first heard Jeff Buckley back in the nineties.
Subsequent to really getting into the album i was lucky enough to go and see the Mars Volta live again, and this time, having heard the album, and having the chance to see a longer set than previously, it was just as revolutionary as the album. Omar's guitar talent isn't readily apparent on the album, but live it becomes apparent just how virtuoso each and every one of the albums riffs actually are.
So if you have seen the Mars Volta live, and aren't to sure, or have heard some singles, which also dont do them justice, then take a risk and buy the album. I am very strict with reviews, and will not hand out five star reviews to anything but the very best, practically flawless albums, and that applies here.
You can guarantee that any negative reviewers simply haven't given this album the time it deserves. It is better than you can possibly imagine.
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