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by The Mars Volta

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For punk, metal, or hard rock bands, the unplugged album is the one that shows whether they've been succeeding simply on energy and volume or because of real talent. (Anyone who remained a skeptic of Kurt Cobain's songwriting skills must have been converted by Nirvana's MTV

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Octahedron 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
guitaoist3 More than 1 year ago
best band ever
dagoberto More than 1 year ago
Everything that these guys touch is amazing. "Bedlam in Goliath" was a punk masterpiece that just sent chills down your spine. "Octahedron" sees The Mars Volta testing the waters on the other side of the spectrum. I say they succeed. A lot of listeners will be expecting big shifts into punk rock marathons when these songs build-up, but they will be disappointed. Mr. Rodriguez keeps the gain down, and I was pleasantly surprised so find myself not hating it. The Mars Volta get a lot of flack for being "too weird", but these men experiment and try to push the boundaries of what we are used to hearing. This album is not only about challenging themselves as musicians, but also ourselves as listeners.
felixcanis More than 1 year ago
This is my first exposure to the Mars Volta, and I'll be upfront: I didn't like it. The thing that threw me off immediately is the vocals. The vocalist is annoying on two levels: one, his voice is shrill and unpleasant to listen to, and two, the lyrics are some of the worst that I have ever heard in my life (and I've heard some bad lyrics). The songs themselves are mostly amelodic. What I mean by that is that the melodies are in no way natural to the music; it sounds like the band (or the guitarist, who seems essentially to be the band) came up with riffs and musical structures, and the "melodies" were imposed on top of them. The result is that the whole album lacks any organic feel at all. The individual songs sound as though they were assembled from a series of otherwise unconnected musical ideas stitched together by somewhat specious transitions. Therefore, a lot of this album sounds fractured and incomplete. The album also seems aimless, which is a peculiar criticism for what is supposed to be a concept album, but it does seem aimless and pointless. The musical ideas appear, they fail to develop, and then they simply end, or they drift off into sound effects, which is disappointing and annoying simultaneously. I had read a lot of good reviews of this band. This did not live up to what I have read. I can say that if you want something that sounds like a bad imitation of old progressive rock from the 1970s, this is your thing. If you're looking for any genuine emotion, melodic sense, or musical depth, you're better off looking somewhere else.
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