The Bedlam In Goliath

User Score
8.4

Universal acclaim- based on 146 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Negative: 8 out of 146

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  1. MycleS.
    Feb 8, 2008
    3
    mediocre album from a band that should have split after deloused. and how Alex w. could compare this to Radiohead is beyond me. Radiohead writes masterful music, full of complex song structures, layers, and meaning. comparing tmv to Radiohead is like comparing finger painting to van gogh.
  2. IsaacA.
    Jan 30, 2008
    3
    This album is just a mess of potentially great, but ultimately wasted, ideas.
  3. NoelS.
    Mar 28, 2008
    0
    They were cool when they first came out, now they're just kind of trying too hard.
Metascore
66

Generally favorable reviews - based on 31 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 31
  2. Negative: 4 out of 31
  1. This should have been the album where the Mars Volta either wore the formula down to nothing or abruptly turned in a different direction, but instead the band created an album that nearly perfects what they've been working toward.
  2. Most of the time, however, the band makes a righteous racket that straddles the worlds of prog rock, funk, fusion jazz and world music, with Eastern motifs spicing 'Aberinkula' and a bit of cosmic blues making its way into 'Conjugal Burns.'
  3. For the most part, this is the heaviest record that they’ve recorded and the most far-out as well.