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The Mars Volta

The Mars Volta

The Mars Volta

Seventh album and first in ten years from the progressive rock duo Cedric Bixler and Omar Rodruguez

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  1. 10.0 |   NME

    It once looked unlikely that Cedric Bixler-Zavala and Omar Rodríguez-López would make another record under this moniker. Thank God they did
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  2. 8.0 |   The Quietus

    The duo make an audacious return following a decade long hiatus with a record that will make you think a thousand things at once
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  3. 8.0 |   Exclaim

    Rodriguez-Lopez, who once again serves as producer, minimizes his often prodigious playing more to texture and accents, riffs replaced by glassy synths
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  4. 8.0 |   Clash

    The Mars Volta have hit upon an incredibly surprising new phase in their multi-faceted evolution
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  5. 8.0 |   Mojo

    A far cry from the murky jazz-metal wig-outs of yore, TMV is a triumph of melody, smooth instrumentation and soul. Print edition only

  6. 8.0 |   musicOMH

    Omar Rodríguez-López and Cedric Bixler-Zavala reunite for their most revolutionary album yet, comprising dense progressive workouts, straight ahead pop, Latin-American rhythms and dance figures
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  7. 8.0 |   Spectrum Culture

    When you begin your career making psych-prog epics, perhaps the most subversive thing you can do is write a song where your vocal delivery sounds a little bit like Hall & Oates for a second
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  8. 8.0 |   PopMatters

    The Mars Volta becomes more rewarding with repetition. Despite the outwardly more accessible style, the group has stuffed it full of intriguing musical choices
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  9. 7.7 |   Beats Per Minute

    The most prominent change here comes sonically: Omar has created a chromatic pop sound – something wholly new for The Mars Volta
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  10. 6.5 |   Pitchfork

    On the duo’s first album in 10 years, Omar Rodríguez-López and Cedric Bixler-Zavala mellow out, abandoning their unhinged prog opuses for a kind of airy, Caribbean yacht rock
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  11. 6.4 |   Sputnik Music (staff)

    If you’re looking for some of the band’s best creative ideas, you won’t find many of them here. Nevertheless, if you’re wanting a wholesome pop-rock album with plenty of experimentation, you may find a thing or two to like here
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