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82

Universal acclaim - based on 7 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 7
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 7
  3. Negative: 0 out of 7
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  1. 100
    This isn’t just a striking return for one of the most individual bands of the last 20 years; it is, musically, an astounding masterpiece. Their finest hour? Quite possibly.
  2. Sep 15, 2022
    80
    The Mars Volta have hit upon an incredibly surprising new phase in their multi-faceted evolution.
  3. Mojo
    Sep 14, 2022
    80
    A far cry from the murky jazz-metal wig-outs of yore, TMV is a triumph of melody, smooth instrumentation and soul. [Oct 2022, p.82]
  4. Sep 14, 2022
    80
    Even for all the newfound sheen, there's nothing on this new self-titled album that necessarily feels out of step with what's come before. ... Anchoring the songs to drum and bass grooves and keyboard loops gives Bixler-Zavala more space to flex his voice; once little more than a high-pitched rebel yell, it's now capable of delivering a rainbow of emotions.
  5. Sep 14, 2022
    80
    There’s a lot to unpick here. The Mars Volta may well be one to grow on you. This is a record that can make you think a thousand things at once. But if you’re willing to sit and savour the taste before digesting, you’ll understand why it took so long to ferment.
  6. Sep 21, 2022
    65
    The previous iteration of the band thrived at the border of brilliant and unhinged, and The Mars Volta is too conventional to be called their best work. But it is certainly their most honest: a sober tale written by survivors, the first uneasy step into unfamiliar territory.
  7. Sep 14, 2022
    64
    The serene aesthetic is undisputedly the selling strength here, but if you’re looking for some of the band’s best creative ideas, you won’t find many of them here. Nevertheless, if you’re wanting a wholesome pop-rock album with plenty of experimentation, you may find a thing or two to like here.
User Score
8.6

Universal acclaim- based on 18 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 18
  2. Negative: 1 out of 18
  1. Sep 16, 2022
    9
    Not as good as their first three albums, but a solid addition to the repertoire nonetheless.
    I appreciate the fluid nature of The Mars
    Not as good as their first three albums, but a solid addition to the repertoire nonetheless.
    I appreciate the fluid nature of The Mars Volta's sound, them never being content with repeating the same cliches. And, though I prefer the likes of Frances the Mute, it is nice to have a TMV that is all around solid music without any of the fluff... because, for as good as Frances was, 4 minutes of croaking frogs isn't exactly the most exciting prelude for a song.
    Solid album, just be sure to go in expecting a sound akin to their later work (though I'd say it beats out Noctourniquet and Octahedron).
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  2. Sep 16, 2022
    10
    An intimate, experimental and concise masterpiece from the Volta. One of those examples of less being more.
  3. Sep 25, 2022
    10
    This is a beautifully crafted album with lush production, emotionally dense lyrics and gorgeous vocals from Cedric. Omar stuffs so many ideasThis is a beautifully crafted album with lush production, emotionally dense lyrics and gorgeous vocals from Cedric. Omar stuffs so many ideas and layers into these songs that it requires multiple focused listens to uncover all that is going on. It may be tagged as a pop album but it’s still good old progressive Mars Volta, just more concise and focused, and much more accessible. 10/10 Full Review »