Cygnus....Vismund Cygnus [Sarcophagi - Umbilical Syllables - Facilis Descenus Averni - Con Safo]
L' Via L' Viaquez
Miranda That Ghost Just Isn't Holy Anymore [Vade Mecum - Pour Another Icepick - Pisacis (Phra-Men-Ma ) - Con Safo]
Cassandra Gemini [Tarantism - Plant A Nail In The Navel Stream - Faminepulse - Multiple Spouse Wounds - Sarcophagi]
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One of the greatest albums ever recorded, part two
Posted by Play.com Reviewer, 25/01/2008 14:13:34
As expected, Frances The Mute may not carry quite the epic splendour of De-loused in The Comatorium, and it is suitably even harder to get into, but the pay off is just as good.
Knowing the crushing and harrowing tragic circumstances that this album was born from, it is no suprise at all that this requires a hell of a lot of patience and (to a degree) tenacity on the listener's part, but is that really is no bad thing, and the reward is worth it. Trust.
Sarcophagi, in particular, is one of the most beautiful pieces of music this decade.
Note: This Review was made by Play.com customer: withydanno on Rakuten’s Play.com on the date shown.
Posted by Play.com Reviewer, 16/12/2007 20:17:27
This is probably my favourite album of all time. On first listen it is quite hard to digest but thats only because there is so much music here. After a few listens you will fall in love with this album. I never thought The Mars Volta could top "Deloused In The Comatorium" but they have with this masterpiece. The music & lyrics are brilliant and its been two years since i first got this and im still hearing new things all the time in it, the story is magnificent so much so that you will find yourself changing you interpretation of it a lot. The only problem some people might find with this is the ambience that is a part of some songs, believe me the ambience annoyed me but after a while you start to like it and realise that it plays a huge part in the story. This is a must for any Mars Volta fan or Progressive rock fan. BUY THIS ALBUM. 5 STARS!
Note: This Review was made by Play.com customer: Embroglio on Rakuten’s Play.com on the date shown.
Patience is the key, to unlock the splendour of this album.
Posted by Play.com Reviewer, 07/08/2007 20:33:17
Mars Volta - Frances the Mute
At first listen, it just sounds like a complete mess and is all over the place, though bit by bit it begins to make more sense........
1st listen - Widow single (edit) clicks
2-5 listens - Cygnus apart from the last 2 mins clicks
6-10 listens - Miranda - (now I realise the true genius of it)
11-15 listens - L'Via L'viaquez -(brilliant)
15-20 listens - getting there with Cassandra Gemini but its still pretty tough
The bits such as the last 3 minutes of the widow and 2 mins of Cygnus along with various other parts of the album can only really be described as 'awkward' listening. When the later minutes of Widow were playing my Mum actually thought the CD was jamming! To be fair it does sound that way. I do wonder what Omar and Cedric think of these parts, as they must have a reason why they are included. Obviously no one could understand their music more than them so they must see something in these parts which make them special enough to have included them on the album. In saying that, what I thought were 4 awkward minutes in the beginning of Miranda, I now realise that it really does act as a superb build up till the trumpets slowly come in. The uses of the trumpets are what makes Miranda such a cold and chilling track and adds to the atmosphere of the album as a whole.
Like any good album you really can't judge it until you've listened to it a lot. I really didn't like this album for starter especially as it is meant to be listened to in one sitting. At 76 minutes long, I think the sheer length of it played mind tricks on me and instead of properly listening to the music, I was thinking of how long it was. As you keep listening to it, time gradually becomes insignificant and when that stage is reached you can truly appreciate the album because it will start to make sense, so you're focusing less on the time and more on the music.
This album is to deloused as deloused is to relationship of command (At the Drive-in) because from relationship to de-loused, they really did take their music to another level and now they've managed one step further. Whether they make the next step with their next album remains to be seen, where that step is I don't think they even know! But one thing is for sure they have the talent to be timeless.
One thing I really like about this album is the concept that it is never ending, it can just loop forever because the end of the last track Cassandra, turns into the intro for Cygnus.
This album also shows how singer Cedric really has moved away from ATDI even further because there are virtually no 'shouty' bits at all. In fact Frances shows what an amazing singer he really is. He hits notes which most people could only dream of reaching, for example the "oh yeah" s during Cygnus or the "bring me to my knees towards the beginning of Cassandra. Overall his pure and unique vocals add a great deal to the album.
However the key to this album which holds it together is not Cedric's unique vocals, Omar's exquisite guitar playing or John's mental drumming - but it's the infectious baselines which set the tone for the whole album. While Omar, Cedric, John along with the other contributors go off into their own little worlds in the album, the base line is the constant throughout each song and brings it all together. In particular Omar's guitar playing seems to dance round the baselines not knowing which way he's going to go next.
To sum up Frances the mute is a never ending journey through a musical landscape. Just give it time and you will be rewarded with its true genius.
Note: This Review was made by Play.com customer: MadStu on Rakuten’s Play.com on the date shown.
One of the greatest albums you will ever buy!!!
Posted by Play.com Reviewer, 27/06/2007 01:47:56
Yes, it seems like only yesterday, when At the drive-in were becoming the biggest band ever, and realesing fantastic songs..... well that was the 90's baby!!! and Cedric and Omar have grown up. May I present to you the most grown up album you will ever listen to. "Frances the mute" is a Progressive concept album based on the diary scriptures of a dear friend of omar and Cedric who was the sound manipulator for "De-loused in the comotorium" (which the band have said that "frances" is not the sequel to the first album). He sadly passed away just after the first album was made and "frances the mute" is a terrific story based on a man trying to find the meaning to his family (to a basic scale). The songs themselves are also split up into musical movements (this is a true prog album) making the track list short, but the songs themselves very long. But dont let this discourage you, the album is full of entertaining music which will leave you spaced. "La Via' Viquez" is a perfect example, with the lyrics of the verse sung in Spanish (i think). The Album also has some guest players joining in on the prog rock magnificance such as RHCP's own Flea and John Frusciante. Trust me this is an album you must have, its by far the greatest album i have ever bought, and i urge you to listen for yourself.
Note: This Review was made by Play.com customer: Pickabuser on Rakuten’s Play.com on the date shown.
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