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Album Review: The Mars Volta

Album Review: The Mars Volta
Album: Noctourniquet
Label: Warner Brothers

The Mars Volta have never done things by half. Omar Rodríguez-López and Cedric Bixler-Zavala have consistently experimented with both what can be done in the confines of an album and with the patience of listeners. So it’s no surprise that, 11 years after the release of De-Loused in the Comatorium, Noctourniquet represents the biggest change in philosophy from the band since Frances the Mute sent heads spinning. Continue reading Album Review: The Mars Volta


Album Review: The Mars Volta – Octahedron

The Mars Volta - OctahedronAlbum Review: The Mars Volta
Album: Octahedron
Label: Warner Brothers Records

Last year I wrote my first review for this blog. The Bedlam in Goliath was the first album featured here, and my lengthy, fairly pretentious review had me finding it a bit of a mixed bag. Despite growing to like it a little bit more during the year, it’s certainly stuck out as the black sheep of the already pretty varied MV catalogue even today. But this isn’t about Bedlam; yes, another year has passed and despite the staggering amount of side projects going on, the band have released their fifth album into the wild. Continue reading Album Review: The Mars Volta – Octahedron

Opinion: Top Ten of 2008

Ho ho ho, yet another top ten of the year that no-one cares about! Nevermind the numbers, these ten albums are a combination of what has amazed me, and what sums up what the year has brought us. Looking at my original reviews, it’s funny to see how my appreciation for certain albums has developed over the year, proving just how fickle and delicate such a thing as a review can be. I could have made a longer list, and certainly haven’t heard everything that 2008 offered, so maybe in about five years time I can come to some proper conclusions…in the meantime, have a look at what I liked, and then tell me what you liked. Continue reading Opinion: Top Ten of 2008