Frances The Mute

The Mars Volta - Frances The Mute
Critic Score
Based on 17 reviews
2005 Ratings: #135 / 465
User Score
Based on 399 ratings
2005 Ratings: #15
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CRITIC REVIEWS

17
Coke Machine Glow

I almost feel compelled to send a copy of Frances the Mute to every middle school in my area; I imagine it would be a pretty effective method of discouraging drug use.

knewnie
85
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
andiov1
100
The sonic equivalent of edging for an hour and twenty minutes

it's a lot of buildup, but the end result is so so so fucking good
Hawk_
100
I now deem the chorus of Cygnus...Vismund Cygnus as one of the best musical moments of all time.

I recently got into the band The Mars Volta at the beginning of the year by a friend's recommendation (thanks Josh 😍). They queued up Deloused in the Comatorium, and I witnessed what was one of the greatest prog rock albums I've ever been blessed with. The album was fast, loud, and abrasive filled with so many textures and soundscapes. That's when I fell in love with this band, and I had that ... read more
MothaOfMotha12
NR
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
Plats
100
Listening to this along with "De-Loused" on the same night was a fucking experience.

"Frances the Mute" is a pitch-perfect follow-up to an already amazing debut, taking all the highlights of its predecessor and building upon each and every one of them! The playing is even more technical, the production is chockfull of great sound manipulation, the songwriting is immaculate and Cedric Bixler-Zavala's vocal performances have STEPPED THE FUCK UP!!! His vocal range was already ... read more
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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

Year End Lists

#12/SPIN
#24/Rolling Stone
#34/Gigwise
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