Octahedron - The Mars Volta

Generally favorable reviews - based on 25 Critics

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User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 60 Ratings

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  3. Negative: 3 out of 24
  1. Dec 4, 2010
    From Their first album to their fourth album, The Mars Volta's sound have always sounded the same. Each with a different style but nevertheless it usually sounds all the same. But this album, Octahedron, The Mars Volta went for a different kind of sound. More acoustic, more slower burning songs, and some really dark lyrics. More darker lyrics than usual. And the verdict is, a very solid album. This album proves that they can do anything musically and it will still sound very good. All In All, the least of any Mars Volta album, but still a very good album that shows that The Mars Volta still has it going for them. B Full Review »
  2. Sep 6, 2010
    one of the most incredible albums i've ever heard. second only to deloused in pure quality and vision. made all the better because it comes after the massive disappointment that was bedlam in goliath. gone are the terrible, disruptive effects on Cedric's voice. now all that remains is pure musical beauty and genius. just the right balance of slow songs and fast songs. if i can level one complaint at this album, it is that there isn't one standout song that is better than the rest. they are all incredible. buy this now or i'll cut you Full Review »
  3. Apr 1, 2012
    The Mars Volta delivers their most triumphant and cohesive record since Frances The Mute with Octahedron. It retains its listenability long after the initial honeymoon phase is over which is more than can be said for The Bedlam In Goliath, as massive as that album was upon first listen. Octahedron's songs are compelling, bittersweet, and beautiful with the band getting in touch with their more emotional songs. The guitar is used here as an instrument of music more than noise here which bucks the trend of their recent albums. Highlights are Teflon, Since We've Been Wrong, Desperate Graves, and classic TMV track Cotopaxi Full Review »