Noctourniquet

The Mars Volta - Noctourniquet
Critic Score
Based on 30 reviews
2012 Ratings: #460 / 1098
User Score
Based on 176 ratings
2012 Ratings: #248
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CRITIC REVIEWS

80
musicOMH

The overall effect is feverish and introverted all at once, discordant and epic and compulsively hypnotic.

71
Beats Per Minute

By going back to the constructs of their early days, they have allowed themselves to simultaneously embrace coherent structures while still exploring their vast eccentricities.

70
Drowned in Sound

The way it continues to go to the extreme within more conventional confines seems to have extracted both more emotional engagement as well as energy from The Mars Volta.

70
Consequence of Sound

Noctourniquet is either the best or the worst album the band’s ever released, depending on the source of your love for the band.

70
NME

The Mars Volta remain rock’s most flawed, most fascinating and most ambitious work in progress. 

68
Paste

The band hasn’t fallen from grace yet, but they have strayed. Noctourniquet is not the band’s best effort, but it is pleasing and interesting. 

67
A.V. Club

The fresh focus on organic songwriting and sturdier, more evocative melodies renders Noctourniquet a welcome oddity in The Mars Volta’s catalog

60
No Ripcord

Noctourniquet, while not completely successful, finds The Mars Volta at their most pop and their most reasonable.

40
The 405

It is strange to see how the band have become less experimental, more reliant on conventional tropes and indeed, their own repeated pony tricks.

Plats
45

Never mind. Gandalf wants back in the womb.

So, there's been a steady-ish decline for The Mars Volta ever since "Frances the Mute" came out. I thought "Amputechture" was a very good album that felt like it dragged on a bit and "The Bedlam in Goliath" was a mixed bag of grating-at-times vocal effects and some forgettable tracks, but it still had some great highlights and it was definitely one of the most out-there albums of their catalog. "Octahedron" ... read more

Schmedess
70

I respect what they're trying to do here for sure, and it was certainly more interesting than what they were doing on their previous two records. I think "Aegis" and "Dyslexicon" are really great tracks, and "In Abstenia", while super indulgent is a pretty trippy adventure. However a lot of the synths are super tacky on this record and I think they could've been incorporated much better. Especially on "The Whip Hand" which might be my least favorite TMV ... read more

JayCrackers
68

The Mars Volta last record before they disbanded in 2013, Noctourniquet, taking elements of psychedelic rock and Neo-Psychedelic for a good record which nowhere nears stands next to their first 2 records but offers an enjoyable listen with some great songs such as Aegis, but overall it feels just less engaging and exciting as some of their other releases.

Track Review

The Whip Hand 6.5/10
Aegis 8/10
Dyslexicion 7.5/10.
Empty Vessels Make the Loudest Sound 7/10
The Malkin Jewel ... read more

TheCarioca
75

The Whip Hand - 3/5
Aegis - 4/5
Dyslexicon - 3/5
Empty Vessels Make the Loudest Sound - 5/5 ❤
The Malkin Jewel - 4/5
Lapochka - 3/5
In Absentia - 3/5
Imago - 3/5
Molochwalker - 3/5
Trinkets Pale of Moon - 4/5
Vedamalady - 4/5
Noctourniquet - 5/5 ❤
Zed and Two Naughts - 5/5 ❤

artyomin
90

Underrated.

Voidicus
69

It's not that bad, just kind of a mess. Aegis and Dyslexicon triumph while others just lack some focus. I dig it though.

This album would've been 10 points higher if they ended up using Clouds and Postulate, two of my favorite unreleased Volta tracks that were meant for this record.

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Track List

1The Whip Hand
4:47
51
2Aegis
5:10
87
3Dyslexicon
4:22
80
4Empty Vessels Make the Loudest Sound
6:42
85
5The Malkin Jewel
4:42
62
6Lapochka
4:14
72
7In Absentia
7:26
57
8Imago
3:55
72
9Molochwalker
3:31
77
10Trinkets Pale of Moon
4:25
64
11Vedamalady
3:51
77
12Noctourniquet
5:37
78
13Zed and Two Naughts
5:36
88
Total Length: 1 hour, 4 minutes
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Added on: January 17, 2012