Frances The Mute

The Mars Volta - Frances The Mute
Critic Score
Based on 17 reviews
2005 Ratings: #139 / 443
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Based on 244 ratings
2005 Ratings: #23
Liked by 6 people
March 1, 2005 / Release Date
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knewnie
100
holy fucking shit wow, this album absolutely blew me away. i don't know who the fuck recommended me this thing, but god am i thankful. Frances the Mute is like a fucking armed robbery - it's quick, its intense, and it comes out of fucking nowhere with insane aggression. like, holy shit, the first listen is absolutely exhilarating, i was almost out of breath by the end.

the album is composed of 5 songs of varying lengths - The Widow is about 6 minutes, Cassandra Gemini is about 32, and the rest ... read more
MothaOfMotha12
96
Imagine being Pitchfork lmao... that would be awful.

The Mars Volta is an American Progressive Rock band formed in El Paso, texas, in 2001. Their name has been thrown out a lot in the music scene, especially the Rock scene (for some obvious reasons), being named the best Progressive Rock band ever by The Rolling Stones.

Before Frances the Mute, they released their debut studio album De-Loused in the Comatorium in 2003. It received critical acclaim even though Frances the Mute is more ... read more
Supertartory
100
This album is a powerhouse and I fucking love it.

I wanted to make sure I gave this an appropriate score so I gave it, a "few" listens and I'm honestly still torn with what to give this, my heart wants to give it a 10, but I feel there are parts that don't deserve a 10, anyway onto the review. I love this album, I've been listening to it nonstop really and I can't get enough of it, thanks to @knewnie for bringing it to light.

I've decided to include the title track with this ... read more
RakkSmells
100
After the display of insanity and hardcore progressive rock The Mars Volta brought to the table on Deloused In The Comatorium, The Mars Volta take a complete left turn and go batshit insane on their second album, Frances The Mute. This is essentially their debut on cocaine. They still hold the same energy and wild prog rock sound they had on their debut but this time the sound is completely different. The more melodic sound of Deloused is swapped in exchange for incredible genre-blending, a ... read more
ElectricMess
90
While it might be a tad too much for me at times, I can't deny that this is an extremely creative and mind-boggling record. Happy now, attehdrivethru?
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#12/SPIN
#24/Rolling Stone
#34/Gigwise

Track List

  1. Cygnus...Vismund Cygnus
  2. The Widow
  3. L'Via L'Viaquez
  4. Miranda That Ghost Just Isn't Holy Anymore
  5. Cassandra Gemini
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