AOTY 2022
The Mars Volta - The Mars Volta
Sep 16, 2022
65
De-Loused, Frances the Mute, Bedlam in Goliath. I love those records. I am not afraid of Omar and Cedric experimenting with something new and this album pulls a lot of songs off well, but it's big problem is that the 70s pop inspired fair here begins to sound entirely too samey at around the halfway point. There's an excellent EP worth of "prog pop rock" here, but there isn't enough material to sell an entire LP on. When it's good it's very good, but when it drags it becomes background music, a damning complaint for this dynamic of a band. This is no disaster, but it is a disappointment. If they want to go in this direction they need to do it with more gusto on the next outing.
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