Octahedron - The Mars Volta
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7.9

Generally favorable reviews- based on 60 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 54 out of 60
  2. Negative: 4 out of 60

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  1. j30
    Dec 1, 2011
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    I never thought I'd listen to a boring Mars Volta album, but here it is, the completely forgettable Octahedron. The two points is for Cotopaxi, a song that belongs on a better, more concise album. Even Omar Rodriguez Lopez in a Rolling Stone interview said the album was boring.
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66

Generally favorable reviews - based on 25 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 25
  2. Negative: 1 out of 25
  1. Though 'Teflon' boasts Rush-like guitar thunder and violent lyrics (“Let the wheels burn, let the wheels burn, stack the tires to the neck with the body inside”), the group returns to dark balladry on 'Desperate Graves' and 'Copernicus,' two more highlights from a haunting album full of twilight poetry.
  2. Calling this an unplugged album is useful only in relation to what the group has produced in the past, but what the Mars Volta created on Octahedron will provide them with more range and opportunities in the future.
  3. Guitarist Omar Rodriguez-Lopez and singer Cedric Bixler-Zavala are the creative duo driving the band and once again deliver on a standing promise to blow any mind that is willing to stay open.