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.
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  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. Nov 21, 2011
    The greatest album of the mars volta, not a moment is weak, not a note is off (accidentally) Omar and Cedric blow your mind and them do it again every time you listen to the album. Expand
  3. Oct 22, 2013
    "Will the feed us the womb?" This line, along with other cryptic, esoteric lyrics bloom with such strong emotion from Bixler-Zavala. Rodriguez-Lopez also rips into the depths of his psyche to produce the craziest, intense selection of songs, 6 of which total a sprawling 77 minutes. One can listen to 'Vismund Cygnus' 'Viaquez' and 'Cassandra Gemini' and literally mimic the stimulus one would receive from an adrenaline rush. So next time you ride a super-tall roller coaster or take a drive through the jungles of Central America, be sure to bring a copy of Frances with you. It's not just an album... this is an experience. Expand
  4. Dec 1, 2010
    Frances The Mute is not quite as good as the The Mars Voltas first album, but this album is definitely more creative. The musicianship is incredible. The guitars soars loud, the meaningless lyrics sound amazing, and the drums are some of the best i've ever heard. All In All, Frances The Mute is a compelling album. A- Expand
  5. j30
    Dec 1, 2011
    Excellent sophomore album from the two former members of punk-rock At The Drive-in. It doesn't hurt to have a little help from John Frusciante (Listen to the first guitar solo on L 'Via L 'Viaquez). The filler noise is the only thing I can frown upon. Expand

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