4 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Uninspiring, dull, lacks the wow factor,
This review is from: Octahedron (Audio CD)
This album came as a bit of a shock to me. The energy and experimentalism of the Mars Volta's previous albums has been replaced by sedate pop tracks. None of the album was surprising or remotely interesting. It is almost as though they have lost their musical curiosity in favour of creating deliberately accessible music with I think patronises their fans.
Don't get me wrong, if you are new to the Mars Volta and need to ease your way into their strange and exciting world then this album is highly recommended. Hopefully you will hear this, want more then try Frances the Mute or Deloused in the Comatorium and then wonder why it was they chose to create a highly unoriginal and and relatively boring album.
In comparison to the sonic and harmonic adventures their previous albums take you on, this is an accessible pop album, with catchy tunes. Just when you think they are about to get bored and try something interesting and surprising, they don't. Thomas Pridgen is allowed out of his cage a few times, granted, and some of the soundscapes are expertly crafted.
The problem is that people will see this as "brave" step in a new direction, but progress it is not. I still admire their independence but I would not recommend this album to any fan of new and interesting ideas.