Octahedron

The Mars Volta - Octahedron
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Based on 26 reviews
2009 Ratings: #586 / 895
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2009 Ratings: #273
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musicOMH

The contrast couldn't be greater. Previous Mars Volta album The Bedlam In Goliath started as if the band were looking at their last day on Earth, and continued as a frenzied hour of guitar-led intensity. 


Octahedron goes to the other extreme, beginning with an almost inaudible quiet. At least a minute passes before any sound can be properly

determined. It's strangely disconcerting, as nobody gave the band permission to do "quiet", surely?!

TheCarioca
75

Since We've Been Wrong - 4/5
Teflon - 4/5
Halo of Nembutals - 3/5
With Twilight As My Guide - 3/5
Cotopaxi - 3/5
Desperate Graves - 5/5 ❤
Copernicus - 4/5
Luciforms - 4/5

knewnie
50

Octahedron is a real odd-ball in The Mars Volta's discography. about the record, Cedric described it as "the opposite of all the records we've done," and called it their "pop record." i don't know if i'd go that far, but Octahedron is definitely the biggest change to Mars Volta's sound yet. after a somewhat return to form on The Bedlam in Goliath, they've decided to explore new sonic territory, and by that i mean simplifying their sound down to a more accessible and less ... read more

MasterCrackfox
77

It could potentially be said that Octahedron is the closest we could come to The Mars Volta Lite. The songs are far more subdued in many points, floating in a progressive and psychedelic space but more subtly. It's a contrast between the peak of an acid trip and the quiet comedown hours later; a collection of four albums that mystify, and a fifth album that is so worn down from the high that it's time to ease up.

One of the most apparent Lite portions of Octahedron is the song and album ... read more

TheCarioca
75

Since We've Been Wrong - 4/5
Teflon - 4/5
Halo of Nembutals - 3/5
With Twilight As My Guide - 3/5
Cotopaxi - 3/5
Desperate Graves - 5/5 ❤
Copernicus - 4/5
Luciforms - 4/5

kattenbroekcom
74

This album is more slow and also weaker than their previous albums in some aspects. The normal styled mars volta tracks aren't that great with grating vocals while the slower tracks have generic vocals. The album does pick up a lot in the second half but is still pretty weighed down by Cotopaxi.

DontFearMusic
70

I need to hear this and Noctourniquet in full before the new one and aside from Since We've Been Wrong, this is a completely blind listen!

It's certainly far less manic and experimental than their previous work, but you can't let that fool you. It remains psychedelic, jazzy, and in some ways even creepier and more morose than prior offerings due to working at slower tempos and subdued moods.

Does it rival their best work? Well in a few spots absolutely! The opener is phenomenal and remains a ... read more

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Track List

1Since We've Been Wrong
7:22
80
2Teflon
5:04
83
3Halo of Nembutals
5:30
72
4With Twilight As My Guide
7:52
67
5Cotopaxi
3:38
76
6Desperate Graves
4:56
87
7Copernicus
7:22
74
8Luciforms
8:21
84
Total Length: 50 minutes
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