Nary a fragment of the 10 compositions sounds even a bit out of place; new ideas are explored, and not at the expense of the listener; and, perhaps best of all, a mongrel of a talent finally lets his instincts to ROCK REALLY FUCKING HARD take over.
This is an album that will be a cool listen for those, like me, who find the Mars Volta interesting but often frustrating. It will also appeal to fans of instrumental rock, but the lack of vocals will still keep a more general audience away.
Old Money is as trippy and fantastical as Rodriguez Lopez's work with Mars Volta without the beat-you-over-the-head prog fury and yelped vocals intensity that causes much of Volta's music to bend under its own pretentious weight. [Winter 2009, p.77]