Octahedron

The Mars Volta - Octahedron
Critic Score
Based on 25 reviews
2009 Ratings: #490 / 846
User Score
Based on 53 ratings
2009 Ratings: #143
June 23, 2009 / Release Date
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Warner Bros. / Label
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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?!

knewnie
70
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
EMR
58
Here they distance their sound and aesthetic even more from their great, highest creative peaks, showcasing some weak and mediocre standard ballads and obviously-structured songs, in just a year after the release date of The Bedlam in Goliath. There are some good, worthwhile songs, even so, but overall, this is possibly their weakest album.
CheapandLethal
65
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Track List

  1. Since We've Been Wrong 
  2. Teflon 
  3. Halo Of Nembutals 
  4. With Twilight As My Guide 
  5. Cotopaxi 
  6. Desperate Graves 
  7. Copernicus 
  8. Luciforms

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