The Bedlam In Goliath - The Mars Volta
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  • Summary: Band members claim their fourth studio album was influenced by people they contacted through a Ouija board.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 31
  2. Negative: 4 out of 31
  1. The Mars Volta have created the first great record of 2008. [Mar 2008, p.145]
  2. 90
    Instead of eight people trying to make many noises as possible, this is the sound of a unified band trying to make the best noise possible. [Winter 2008, p.90]
  3. 80
    This is unlikely to expand thier fanbase, but The Mars Volta are making music built to last. [Feb 2008, p.113]
  4. There's greater scope here [more] than ever before, with the gentle llyena providing space before Cavaletta's riot of detuned radios, car alarms and struggling internet connections. [Feb 2008, p.99]
  5. The Bedlam In Goliath ultimately sounds like The Mars Volta, nothing more and nothing less. [Winter 2008, p.83]
  6. This is rut music and The Mars Volta are still stuck in it; even if they’ve managed to avoiding digging themselves any deeper with Goliath’s frenetic lateral slides into pseudo bedlam, momentum is only momentum if you’re going somewhere.
  7. Sadly, this album takes sound and fury, signifying nothing, to new depths.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 45 out of 52
  2. Negative: 3 out of 52
  1. JacobS.
    Apr 13, 2008
    I dont even understand how anyone could be so hard against the volta. I think they are getting nothing but better as time goes by. Cedric and Omar really hit the mark, as far as what i was expecting of a new Volta CD. Some people just have a hard time getting into it, but once you look at the complexities, and layers upon layers of great instrumentals and vocal tracks, i dont see how you couldnt at least give them credit for doing what they do best; make music that has created a new genre of its own: THE MARS VOLTA. Expand
  2. DennisO
    Feb 1, 2008
    By far the best album to date. I missed the drum-heaviness on bot Frances and Amputechture. Now it's back with an inhuman effort from Thomas Pridgen. Insanely chatchy. And when they sink into the trademark schizophrenic dissolvement of the music into fractured soundscapes, it actually works, which, in my opinion, it didn't on Amputechture. They toned down on the brass as well, I like that very much. I fail to see how the could have done any better. Expand
  3. Bob
    Feb 18, 2008
    Amazing album. It started making sense after second listen. Don't judge it after only one listen. Every second is great and that
  4. Joe
    Feb 29, 2008
    So much music. More than 1 listen required.
  5. Sense!
    Mar 24, 2008
    Any mars volta album is an album to buy. Recently the only good stuff coming out is f*cking folk music and its soooo booooring! This cd tears apart everything you know about music and mashes it up - you need to repeat it several times -- only old people won't like this music - IT IS FANTASTIC! Expand
  6. AlexW.
    Feb 6, 2008
    I think that this could have been the best album of the year! far better than any radiohead album.. but.. it sucked well, not sucked but it was the producing and that fucking drummer that let it down! and also this album they are really really out of time! the whole goliath lead guitar riff doesn't fit the time scale and not in a good way! I love TMV and I love this album too - but I always thought they were about brilliance not just raw power - some good tracks - but i always skip the first 3 and too all these morons saying frances was better than deloused O_O wtf are you smoking? jeez frances is their worst album! its got like two good parts in it - the widow is boring - and all the rest is filler! radiohead can pull off filler but not the tmv. Expand
  7. NoelS.
    Mar 28, 2008
    They were cool when they first came out, now they're just kind of trying too hard.

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