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#1 hhkal

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Posted 27 May 2009 - 04:44 PM

http://www.femalefir...edron-8399.html

Album Review: The Mars Volta - Octahedron

Today 11:00

Released June 22

I’ve always found The Mars Volta a little baffling in one of those ‘love or loathe’ types of way. I mean, there’s no way a fan of someone like N-Trance is going to love these guys, but then again, people who likes The Mars Volta probably don’t like N-Trance.

Either way, their new album, Octahedron is their fifth album to date, so whether you like them or not, they must be doing something right. As one of the most adventurous musical collectives I’ve ever come across, this latest offering is the follow up to last year’s The Bedlam In Goliath, which told the tales of disasters and weird Tutankhamun happenings which were all a result of this ouija board they picked up in Jerusalem.

Now, with this in mind, I was expecting an album to be littered with stories and mystery that this band is famed for delivering time after time. However, despite their being a lack of ‘storytelling’ on this album, Cedric Bixler-Zavala said: "It's more mellow. It's a little more of what we consider our 'acoustic' side."

To be honest, this is about as acoustic as an experimental can get, opening with silence which slowly creeps into the land of weeping guitars and gut-wrenching vocals.

Of course, when you first see that there are eight songs on here, you might think, oh, that’s a pretty short album… but oh no, six of them are well over five minutes long, and it’s six minutes of calm, tranquil, almost utterly bizarre music.


Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying I’m not a fan, because it’s quite an enjoyable album to listen to as I try (and fail) to motivate me to do anything other than constantly press F5 on Facebook all day, but it’s not really something I’d advise someone after a bit of a ‘uplift’ to whack on their CD player anytime soon.

Unfortunately whilst ‘Octahedron’ as a whole is passably interesting, it fails to reach the levels of musical experimentation we’ve come to expect from this band, although their leaning to a more ’mellow’ direction does add a refreshing change, it would be nicer to have seen a bit more of the sparkle we know and love from these guys.

FemaleFirst - Ruth Harrison

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Posted 27 May 2009 - 04:49 PM

Wow, what a terrible review. You could have written that one easily without even listening to the album (except for the "description" of SWBW)

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Posted 27 May 2009 - 04:49 PM

that's a fair review. it is nice though, however, to have an entire volta album to listen to when you're in that sad song/rainy day kinda mood. Just wish we could hear the second half already.

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Posted 27 May 2009 - 04:57 PM

why the fuck would you be on facebook if you're listening to the mars volta

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Posted 27 May 2009 - 04:59 PM

it sounds like what something on here would like

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Posted 27 May 2009 - 05:08 PM

I think its funny how the written review and the rating of the album don't match at all. The review says that the album could have been more but yet it still got 5 stars.

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Posted 27 May 2009 - 05:10 PM

I think this woman plagiarized some of this...haha!

From the Clash Music Review: Unfortunately things don't really hold at this high point, and while Octahedron as a whole is passably interesting, it just doesn't reach a level of experimentation that we've come to expect from the band. It's certainly admirable to take things in a different, musically ‘mellower’ direction, but The Mars Volta simply haven't dragged themselves far enough down their chosen path. - Steven Garrard

From this Female First review: Unfortunately whilst Octahedron as a whole is passably interesting, it fails to reach the levels of musical experimentation we've come to expect from this band, although their leaning to a more mellow direction does add a refreshing change, it would be nicer to have seen a bit more of the sparkle we know and love from these guys. - Ruth Harrison


Yeah, this is plagiarism.

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Posted 27 May 2009 - 05:17 PM

I really want the remaining tracks now. :gummybear:

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Posted 27 May 2009 - 05:23 PM

FemaleFirst? What kind of bs website is that and why do they get review copies?

#10 LouisGilbrook

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Posted 27 May 2009 - 05:28 PM

I think this ho plagiarized some of this...haha!

From the Clash Music Review: Unfortunately things don't really hold at this high point, and while Octahedron as a whole is passably interesting, it just doesn't reach a level of experimentation that we've come to expect from the band. It's certainly admirable to take things in a different, musically ‘mellower’ direction, but The Mars Volta simply haven't dragged themselves far enough down their chosen path. - Steven Garrard

From this Female First review: Unfortunately whilst Octahedron as a whole is passably interesting, it fails to reach the levels of musical experimentation we've come to expect from this band, although their leaning to a more mellow direction does add a refreshing change, it would be nicer to have seen a bit more of the sparkle we know and love from these guys. - Ruth Harrison


Yeah, this is plagiarism.

Perhaps it's a case of cryptomnesia..

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Posted 27 May 2009 - 05:31 PM

why the fuck would you be on facebook if you're listening to the mars volta


:biggrin: True. Do you think they actually heard it, or they're just passing a pat review around online 'zines???

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Posted 27 May 2009 - 05:34 PM

I think this ho plagiarized some of this...haha!

From the Clash Music Review: Unfortunately things don't really hold at this high point, and while Octahedron as a whole is passably interesting, it just doesn't reach a level of experimentation that we've come to expect from the band. It's certainly admirable to take things in a different, musically ‘mellower’ direction, but The Mars Volta simply haven't dragged themselves far enough down their chosen path. - Steven Garrard

From this Female First review: Unfortunately whilst Octahedron as a whole is passably interesting, it fails to reach the levels of musical experimentation we've come to expect from this band, although their leaning to a more mellow direction does add a refreshing change, it would be nicer to have seen a bit more of the sparkle we know and love from these guys. - Ruth Harrison


Yeah, this is plagiarism.

Perhaps it's a case of cryptomnesia..


Haha, I actually almost put that in my post. Good work!

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Posted 27 May 2009 - 05:37 PM

I think this ho plagiarized some of this...haha!

From the Clash Music Review: Unfortunately things don't really hold at this high point, and while Octahedron as a whole is passably interesting, it just doesn't reach a level of experimentation that we've come to expect from the band. It's certainly admirable to take things in a different, musically ‘mellower’ direction, but The Mars Volta simply haven't dragged themselves far enough down their chosen path. - Steven Garrard

From this Female First review: Unfortunately whilst Octahedron as a whole is passably interesting, it fails to reach the levels of musical experimentation we've come to expect from this band, although their leaning to a more mellow direction does add a refreshing change, it would be nicer to have seen a bit more of the sparkle we know and love from these guys. - Ruth Harrison


Yeah, this is plagiarism.



It's either Uncanny or Unbelievably lazy and irresponsible... good work TourniquetMan...

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Posted 27 May 2009 - 05:56 PM

I thought the same when I found it

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Posted 27 May 2009 - 06:03 PM

yea dude, as soon as I read that I was like "WTF, this bitch straight yanked that shit from the other fools review".

Good presentation TM

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Posted 27 May 2009 - 06:36 PM

Major fail on 2 accounts. First they mention N-TRANCE in the first sentence, and second they don't even mention a single song on the album.

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Posted 27 May 2009 - 06:41 PM

They're females, their opinions do not matter.

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Posted 27 May 2009 - 06:44 PM

This review should be erased from the internetz

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Posted 27 May 2009 - 06:54 PM

why the fuck would you be on facebook if you're listening to the mars volta


:biggrin: True. Do you think they actually heard it, or they're just passing a pat review around online 'zines???

The latter..

Yeah, this is plagiarism.

Perhaps it's a case of cryptomnesia..


Haha, I actually almost put that in my post. Good work!

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Posted 27 May 2009 - 07:05 PM

Seems like most reviews are headed in the same direction... good that they're in a new direction, but lacking of the manic creativity of prior albums. Which is fine by me, I just can't wait to sit through it all.




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