Frances The Mute - The Mars Volta
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  • Summary: The psychedelic prog-rock outfit led by Cedric Bixler Zavala and Omar Rodriguez return with a second ambitious album, which follows the death of band member Jeremy Ward.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 22 out of 31
  2. Negative: 3 out of 31
  1. It's already the most riveting album of 2005--provided you're ready to carve a wide enough hole in your consciousness to accept it. [Mar 2005, p.130]
  2. 91
    Frances explores an explosive groove Comatorium only implied. [Mar 2005, p.83]
  3. 90
    Listen to Frances The Mute without any prog-induced prejudice... and it emerges as the triumphant sound of a band bound only by their imagination. [Apr 2005, p.86]
  4. 70
    During its most commercial moments, Frances ventures dangerously close to System Of A Down, without the nu-metal grandstanding or fake volatility. [#67, p.106]
  5. Within this impressive, ambitious, often stupid whole, are moments of melthing human beauty. [29 Feb 2005, p.65]
  6. The CD has moments of undeniable beauty and power; it may prove to be one of those "difficult" records that repays with repeat listens. [4 Mar 2005, p.72]
  7. There are hardly any virtues to this record at all.

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Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 29 out of 236
  1. Sep 10, 2010
    This is a masterpiece. Cassandra Gemini is one of the best songs ever recorded by anyone anywhere anytime. The whole album is amazing. Love the jazz influence combined with what they did on de loused. My personal favorite TMV album and maybe my favorite album of all time. You must listen to this album several times. Dont hear it once and make a decision.. it takes time to really take it all in. Expand
  2. Laura
    Mar 30, 2005
    This album is a breath of fresh air amidst the stagnant idiotic fluff that tries to pass itself off as music nowadays. Pop tartlets and angst ridden pseudo-guitarists/songwriters come a dime a dozen, but Cedric and Omar have taken music and made it flesh that feeds the soul. Expand
  3. VinceF
    Feb 27, 2005
    For anyone that likes real music, music with feelings, colors and depths you can't explain, turn here. This album leaves the listener to put the pieces to the puzzle on what the back story of this album is. The Mars Volta are the new classic rock of our time, and anyone that disagrees does not have an imagination. The Volta will be big in 05, I guarantee it Expand
  4. DavidL
    Dec 12, 2005
    Mind-blowing rock that we would expect from the Mars Volta
  5. JerradN
    Mar 17, 2005
    Although this album is really great, I don't really like how there are so few and lengthy tracks. I had to split up the mp3s just so I could enjoy each unique section of the multi-part songs. Also, the music is a lot less structured, as I've heard a few people say, than what was on De-Loused, but overall, it is still an amazing album, and would not hesitate to recommend it to... anyone, really. Expand
  6. rumplef
    Apr 11, 2006
    Frances The Mute is really good but it does not come close to De-Loused. its rather unorganized and some parts seem to just go on and on. It definatly does have its great moments like all parts of the first three songs and some other stuff after that as well. Expand
  7. RoryC
    Feb 27, 2005
    Yuck. The first song is great because it is the only one to have structure. Everything else is just disgusting. No form, no structure, no discipline, it's just all over the place. Not a fun listen, not entertaining, barely even musical. Avoid Expand

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