Octahedron

The Mars Volta - Octahedron
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Based on 24 reviews
2009 Ratings: #519 / 833
User Score
Based on 43 ratings
2009 Ratings: #105
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?!

CheapandLethal
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Better stuff out there
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.
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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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