THE MARS VOLTA - Octahedron

To simplify The Mars Volta as mere prog-rock indulgence is selling a brilliant rock force far too short. Some will find it a schizo experience, similar to the cover art, but this layered collection of songs from the band's fifth studio album holds far more treasures than someone who merely skips through the eight songs would come to expect. Anyone familiar with them however, would take this for granted, and all the better for it. This is what music should be - a textured experience of audio shades and adventures. The listener's ride involves everything from technical, emotional and trippy moods, to simplified and basic, yet moving contrasts.
Pop panderers need to take a tip here on what real music can be.

5 / A
- Paul Blom

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- B
- C

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6 - Volcanic
5 - Blistering
4 - Hot
3 - Smolder
2 - Room Temp.
1 - Fizzled
0 - Extinguished

A:Multiple Listening Potential
B:Deserves Another Spin
C:Once Should Suffice

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