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One hell of a grower.,
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This review is from: Amputechture (Audio CD)
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.