The Mars Volta - The Mars Volta
Apr 22, 2023
Alright. After nearly a decade of no music from the band due to their hiatus following Noctourniquet, they've come back and introduced us with a brand new era of the band. Now doing "our version of pop", we now have their self-titled The Mars Volta. Is it at all good?

Well yeah, it's listenable and I respect the band for wanting to change up their music but comparing to their other albums this stands nowhere near the greats like Frances the Mute and Deloused in the Comatorium. The art pop itself is pretty good and not all that horrible but still doesn't compare to other great art pop albums released in the same year or all time. It's a unique take from the band who's just dipping their toes in it for the first time. They also bring in some Caribbean rhythm influence on here which I also think is dope too.

Honestly, I don't really mind this album despite being a huge fan of the group's past work. A lot of the tracks are a bit of the same and are fairly mixed with a lot of them I wouldn't be finding myself visiting anytime soon but there were still some unique tracks like the futuristic groove of Blank Condolences, the Caribbean dance-along Que Dios Te Maldiga Mi Corazon, and the memorable Blacklight Shine. It's not the best album to start off with if you want to get into the band though.

Favorite Tracks: Blank Condolences, Vigil, Que Dios Te Maldiga Mi Corazon, Palm Full Of Crux, No Case Gain, Equus 3

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