Noctourniquet

The Mars Volta - Noctourniquet
Critic Score
Based on 22 reviews
2012 Ratings: #359 / 944
User Score
Based on 61 ratings
2012 Ratings: #221
March 27, 2012 / Release Date
LP / Format
Warner Bros. / Label
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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
NME

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

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
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.

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.

morningsbell
67
"shoegaze" --rowan trying to get me to listen to this album
AtTehDriveThru
99
Forever and beyond enternity
NR
Completely in its own world. Not impossibly good, but it's very well put together. I'd be very interested to hear what these guys could make if they came out with something now...
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Track List

  1. The Whip Hand 
  2. Aegis 
  3. Dyslexicion 
  4. Empty Vessels Make the Loudest Sound 
  5. The Malkin Jewel 
  6. Lapochka 
  7. In Absentia 
  8. Imago 
  9. Molochwalker 
  10. Trinkets Pale of Moon 
  11. Vedamalady 
  12. Noctourniquet 
  13. Zed and Two Naughts
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Added on: January 17, 2012