Cryptomnesia - El Grupo Nuevo de Omar Rodriguez Lopez
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  • Summary: The first album of three recorded in 2006 by the side project of Mars Volta's Omar Rodriguez-Lopez.
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  1. Positive: 3 out of 5
  2. Negative: 1 out of 5
  1. Each offering here is meter-perfect and crafted instinctively to flat-out destroy the boundaries of rock music.
  2. The album makes a thorough, nerve-tingling plunge into the Mars Volta’s maelstrom available to shorter attention spans.
  3. Cryptomnesia is a tough, rugged, and wildly ambitious set of far-reaching--sometimes overly so--compositions reflecting the rapid growth of one of the new century's most genuinely talented and visionary musicians.
  4. Awe is in the ear of the beholder, sure, but after being predictably pounded into the ground for half an hour by Rodriguez-Lopez/Hill et al. and their bag of heavy tricks, it's hard to tell if we're meant to walk away impressed or oppressed.
  5. The album is pure homogeneous shitheap of stream-of-consciousness turgidity nonsense that strives to be different and to take you “somewhere else” but in the end really just ends up being hilariously bad and hilariously derivative of his past work and despite the frequent “so-weird-it’s-almost-cool” moments it still just plain sucks hardcore.
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  1. Positive: 1 out of 1
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 0 out of 1
  1. SimonB
    May 23, 2009
    I am going to ask that the sputnik music review be taken off because of plagirism. If you check the Frances the mute (The mars volta) review on pitchfork from a few year ago you will notice similarities, including "pure homogeneous sh*theap of stream-of-consciousness turgidity nonsense" which is the same as the sputnik review. Therefore declaring the review null and void. Expand