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this album lacks a more grandiose production in most of the tracks, and still, I kinda loved it. this self-titled definetly doesn't show how Cedric and Omar are when they're writing and composing at their peaks, but seeing those guys coming into a new genre with some nice ideas was really nice. I get how people are disappointed with this, but thanks god it worked out to me. far from their best, but still, interesting no matter what.


I understand the disappointment of fans upon hearing this album, it is truly unlike anything The Mars Volta ever put out. I felt this way as well at first, thinking this didn't feel like Volta at all. But this really grew on me, I can really appreciate a band that is not afraid to change their sound and not just pander to the audience even if I don't like all of it. The sound here is much more concise and accessible pop compared to their previous flashy prog rock sets. There aren't so many ... read more


The modern progressive rock kings The Mars Volta have returned after a decade long hiatus, though it doesn't feel like it considering Omar and Cedric's habit to start a new side project and break it off, even reviving At The Drive-In in the meantime. For a grand comeback however, the self-titled doesn't really feel like it, because this is easily their softest and most scant record so far, being some pretty middling art pop where almost any sense of prog has disappeared. Not that bands cannot ... read more


For those expecting a familiar Mars Volta on this record beware, this is a very mild edition of the band’s usual material. Instead, they embrace a more art-pop/rock sound, incorporating their usual Latin influence that leads to a much more accessible album. Unfortunately this means the album suffers a lot from blandness and unoriginality but there is still some good to be harvested from this album. The first track, ‘Blacklight Shine,’ is a masterful song that stands on its own ... read more


This slapped. The production was great, Cedric kills it as a vocalist/songwriter like usual, I enjoyed almost every moment I spent listening to this ablum


The Mars Volta make a confident attempt at rebranding their name by self-titling this comeback after 10 years as they continue the road they adopted in 2009 with "Octahedron": a poppier, less chaotic and sophisticatedly produced style. On "The Mars Volta", vocalist Cedric Bixler-Zavala overtakes the mix with his most straightforward and romantic work yet – a stark contrast to the cryptical, neologistical and metaphorical work he’s known for.
A similar case can ... read more


this could be good if the instrumentals weren't so bland and shitty


Blacklight Shine - 4/5
Graveyard Love - 4/5
Shore Story - 3/5
Blank Condolences - 3/5
Vigil - 3/5
Que Dios Te Maldiga Mi Corazon - 3/5
Cerulea - 3/5
Flash Burns From Flashbacks - 4/5
Palm Full Of Crux - 4/5
No Case Gain - 3/5
Tourmaline - 3/5
Equus 3 - 5/5 ❤
Collapsible Shoulders - 3/5
The Requisition - 3/5


Blacklight Shine: 85 / 100
Graveyard Love: 80 / 100
Shore Story: 70 / 100
Blank Condolences: 75 / 100
Vigil: 80 / 100
Que Dios Te Maldiga Mi Corazon: 75 / 100
Cerulea: 80 / 100
Flash Burns From Flashbacks: 75 / 100
Palm Full of Crux: 80 / 100
No Case Gain: 55 / 100
Tourmaline: 70 / 100
Equus 30: 75 / 100
Collapsible Shoulders: 65 / 100
The Requisition: 75 / 100

Average: 74,28 / 100


Art Pop..? The Mars Volta..? That’s new

So ummm.. this was a strange comeback. Their first album in I believe 10 years and I’m left wondering how they ended up going in this direction. The only album I’ve heard in full is Frances the Mute, which I think is phenomenal and just insane. I’ve heard quite a few tracks from other albums as well but this is so much different. And let me make it clear, that I don’t think different is a bad thing at all. I love when bands ... read more


I’ve heard of the Mars Volta for a while, growing up as a bit of a prog fan, but I never listened to them until recently. I could not get 3 tracks into Frances The Mute before I gave up. There was nothing there to grab on to, it sounded like a bunch of 70s prog worshippers doing a shitty attempt at trying it themselves. Obnoxious, toneless guitar solos, over-operatic vocals, unenjoyable dizzy song-writing, and yet no impressive instrumental work to even try to save it. So, when I heard ... read more


Absolute soulless drab that is almost completely devoid of anything that made them interesting in the first place. I'm all for experimenting and changing it up but this ain't it and is nowhere near the same Mars Volta we once knew. Incredibly disappointing especially for a 10 year wait.


this shit boring as as mf


Hard to believe it’s even the same group. Footnote stuff; utterly tedious.


Blacklight Shine ~ ★★★☆☆
Graveyard Love ~ ★★☆☆☆
Shore Story ~ ★★☆☆☆
Blank Condolences ~ ★★☆☆☆
Vigil ~ ★★☆☆☆
Que Dios Te Maldiga Mi Corazon ~ ★★★★☆
Cerulea ~ ★★☆☆☆
Flash Burns from Flashbacks ~ ★★☆☆☆
Palm Full of Crux ~ ★★☆☆☆
No Case Gain ~ ★★★☆☆
Tourmaline ~ ★★☆☆☆
Equus 3 ~ ... read more


It sounds exactly like they described it - The Mars Volta but pop.


Ok, hear me out. I understand this is the least interesting Mars Volta record when it comes to production, but I still think it's a cool album with good song-writing and a diverse sound pallet, even within the realm of pop-rock. There are way worse albums from bands trying to sell out, I still hear soul in this one.


Ok, I would never called myself a fan of Mars Volta, but I respected their specific sound and general originality. By releasing self-title album, I would count on some kind of summary of their career and come back to the roots, but we got just a generic indietronic art pop.


The Mars Volta are back, and it seems they've decided to change readjust their sails again. Some people aren't super thrilled about
that, but I've gotta say this album sounds pretty dang good. It's obviously not their most iconic, and not what we're used to from the
crazy prog guys, but there's still a lot of value embedded within this self-titled album.

Blacklight Shine is a straightforward tune that's fresh and easy to enjoy, making it a solid opener, Graveyard Love is enjoyable to me,
but ... read more


weakest volta release ever. nothing about what made them cool in the first place is present here. it's not the worst thing i've heard but i'm dissapointed


MFs want MV to release the same stuff over and over (aka the 1st two albums lol) and forget that experimentation is what you sign up for when you listen to a project like this.

In short, it's destined to be underrated.


Omar Rodríguez-López and Cedric Bixler-Zavala in 2017: Wanna see us disappoint our fans with a bad comeback album?
Omar Rodríguez-López and Cedric Bixler-Zavala in 2022: Wanna see us do it again?


Yeah it's not as energetic as their previous albums; it is however, still largely enjoyable on it's own - really effective melodies and some downright lovely playing throughout the album, not to mention some interesting textural moments! I've always liked The Mars Volta but I always found their music to be a little exhausting even when it was astounding at times - this album might not have the highlights of previous albums but it's reflective and occasionally beautiful; at least I can now get ... read more


While it's always commendable to see artists experiment with their sound, sometimes bold stylistic changes tend to take some into territory that doesn't fit their strengths. The band is somewhat victim of this trap on their new album. It’s a cool but far-from-essential entry in their discog.


Listen. I don't think it's that bad, it could grow on me a little bit more with time, but yeah, definitely it's not the best work that they've done. I appreciate the effort of trying new things, there are songs that I really liked, but a lot of other songs are pretty forgettable. I like the ideas, I like the risk, I like the style, but they definitely failed on executing this new ideas, so maybe in the future they will bring us an album with this ideas with a better execution.


The band did a massive disservice by not extending these songs to like 10 minutes.
A lot of the songs here sound unfinished, or wrong coming from a band who was once phenomenal.
Little sparks of hope are throughout some songs, like the opening track and lead single Blacklight Shine, or the last track The Requisition which literally ends when it starts to get really good.
I would love for the band to go for a smaller tracklist with long songs again and use stuff from this because a lot of the ... read more

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