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The Mars VoltaAudio CD
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 12, 2006)
  • Original Release Date: 2006
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Umvd Labels
  • ASIN: B000GPI1BO
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (99 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #41,804 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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The Mars Volta returns with a fresh dose of epic rock'n'roll on its third studio album, "Amputechture." The eight-track set opens with the seven-minute "Vicarious Atonement," the closest the group has ever come to a ballad.The album then moves back to familiar expansive musical territory on the nearly 17-minute "Tetragrammaton," and also features two other tracks that clock in past the 11-minute mark, "Meccamputechture" and "Day of the Baphomets." The disc itself runs more than 76 minutes in length.In addition to contributions from Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist John Frusciante, "Amputechture" also features Paul Hinojos' first studio work with the Mars Volta since joining as a touring musician in 2005. Hinojos previously played with Mars Volta principals Cedric Bixler-Zavala and Omar Rodriguez-Lopez in At The Drive-In.

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93 of 105 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars WARNING! September 22, 2006
Format:Audio CD
If you want _Comatorium_, part 2 or _Frances the Mute_, part 2, DO NOT BUY THIS ALBUM. If you want furious and crazy riffs and jamming from the first second to the last, DO NOT BUY THIS ALBUM. If you want music and lyrics that seem to suggest even the most conventional linear sense, DO NOT BUY THIS ALBUM. Do I still have you after all these disclaimers? Proceed.

While I cannot really say that this piece is better or worse than their first two full-lengths, I can unabashedly say that MV have made another distinctive masterpiece. Some of the same elements as before are there, but in many cases simply better. The jazz fusion feel that they always had has been refined to near-perfection. I reviewed Omar's self-titled piece that he did in the interim between _Mute_ and _Amputechture_, saying that he's going for a John McLaughlin level of stellarity without quite reaching it. Darned if he doesn't reach those empyrean heights here (check out the unjustly-maligned "Tetragrammaton" for the most fusiony rock has ever been). Jazz fusion esotericism and exploratoriness is all over this piece. If that's too pretentious for you, stop here. If it sounds interesting, dig deeper.

The sound manipulation element that's always been with them has been upped, too, thanks in large part to ATDI alum Pablo Hinojos-Gonzalez's evocative contributions. This is all over the album, so I don't have to point to any particular cases. Let's just say it's stranger than it's been in some places and subtler than it's been in others. Don't care about the qualities of sound and electronics in MV's sound? See ya.

MV are more tender and contemplative than they've ever been, too, which is likely a big turn-off to more market-driven fans.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars please dismantle all these phantom songs September 22, 2006
Format:Audio CD
The sheer challenge and inaccessibility of the music makes people either love or hate Mars Volta, and loving them is an increasingly difficult job. The band's reach is so vast and diverse that fans seem to have broken into two camps - De-Loused vs. Frances. I love both those albums, but I fall into the camp that worships the expansive musicianly fury of Frances. Amputechture is considerably quieter and more subdued than Frances, and the renewed focus on Cedric Bixler-Zavala's emotional but twisted vocal melodies make this album more comparable to De-Loused. Also, read the reviews here carefully because many of the unfavorable ones are obviously from people who only listened to the album once or twice, and judged it too quickly. Many of the reviewers who are praising the album implore you to let it sink in slowly. I couldn't agree more, because I was initially disappointed by Amputechture's drowsy slide away from the violent mood swings of Frances. But after a dozen listens, Amputechture has won me over, proving that once again Mars Volta are probably the one band on Earth who are most successful at challenging both themselves and the listener. These guys take the term "progressive" seriously.

The songwriting and directorship of Omar Rodriguez-Lopez is astonishing in quantity, knowledge, and ambition, and no mere human should be able to create full new Mars Volta albums every 18 months, plus a solo album and a few other side projects along the way. The top half of Amputechture is musically insistent, but rather quiet and vocal-oriented. The musicianship remains challenging, and the unhinged Latin lullaby "Asilos Magdalena" is a pleasant surprise.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Mars Volta's finest moment thus far February 2, 2008
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The flak that this album has generated ought to be no surprise to anyone who shares my opinion of it. I have read reviews saying that this album is chock full of 'filler'; I have also read reviews say that this album is 'boring'. These reviewers are clearly of the younger generation of TMV listeners. Those who find this album 'boring' are likely those who rated the sub-par 'Bedlam in Goliath' with five stars.

Straight from the brooding reveries of Vicarious Atonement to the masterful tone poetics and scorching pain-inflicted guitar meanderings of El Ciervo Vulnerado this is clearly the band's most mature, complete, and complex work - both in thematics and musicianship. Listen for the pensive piano playing throughout the album, sifting through the tracks gently in limbo between foreground and background.

Omar's guitar playing has never been better than on this record. His work is restrained yet feral, melodic yet unmistakably avant-garde. The cut 'Vermicide' is a masterwork in this regard. The comparisons to John McLaughlin are justified, and this album is as close as Omar has ever been to this particular influence.

My favorite tracks on this record are 'Meccamputechture' and 'Day Of The Baphomets', cuts that I believe helm Cedric's greatest lyrical accomplishments to date. Meccamputechture is brilliant in its execution - Cedric's tone is at times insane in its delivery of these fanatically organic lyrics, and Omar's playing really shines here - truly original, knotty, torturous, what have you. This track displays exactly what is lacking throughout 'The Bedlam in Goliath': it is ravenous, chaotic, and wildly busy (listen to the solos nearing the end of the song: experimental guitar, alto sax, flute, studio effects, shakers, organ, congas, percussion, etc.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amputechture
It came in perfect condition, it's perfect because it's really hard to find it in Mexico. Arrived earlier than expected. Perfect album.
Published 4 months ago by Frida
4.0 out of 5 stars Different from the first two albums but awesome
This album has a different sound from the previous album and even more different from the one before that. Read more
Published 9 months ago by alex
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect
At first, I was kind of upset at how little songs there were (I never researched or looked on the page, just blindly clicked purchase) but each song is lengthy. Read more
Published 15 months ago by KV
4.0 out of 5 stars The Mars Volta's best and most accomplished effort to date
The Mars Volta have toured with fellow Mr. Bungle-worshippers like System Of A Down, but always fail to sell anywhere near as many records as them. Read more
Published 19 months ago by A. Stutheit
5.0 out of 5 stars Coagula
I'm not going to write a novel about this album, that has been done quite enough. De-Loused is still my favorite work by Cedric and Omar BY FAR (haven't listened to Tremulant... Read more
Published on December 4, 2011 by rick
5.0 out of 5 stars A longtime listener of TMV, and this album
I've been listening to The Mars Volta since their first album. I remember I bought 'Delused in the Comatorium' when I was working at a music store. Read more
Published on November 11, 2011 by Clint Nixwood
4.0 out of 5 stars A little too much noise and wailing but...
I'm not going to cover what others have already done so eloquently. These guys do a great job of keeping my feet tapping. Read more
Published on September 19, 2010 by Paul Hanley
4.0 out of 5 stars Mars Volta - 'Amputechture' (Universal)
Review number 97. My first CD by the Mars Volta I've ever purchased - mostly because I just saw them play live on their current tour and I liked what I saw and heard. Read more
Published on October 1, 2009 by Mike Reed
5.0 out of 5 stars The Mars Volta - Amputechture LP
There's nothing more splendid-sounding than to listen to The Mars Volta on vinyl record. There's so much going on in their music that you just need the best quality of sound. Read more
Published on July 10, 2009 by Drew Carey
5.0 out of 5 stars I will keep this as short and slightly nuanced as possible...
...But after having listened to this album on-and-off for nearly 2 years, having been given it by a good friend and mostly shelved, I have concluded that it is an unmistakable... Read more
Published on April 11, 2009 by Nathan P. Piechocki
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Excellent CD
Who cares? Check out the first album and listen as they evolve. It makes it better. You need to give Amputechture a few listens to really enjoy. They are the best band out there right now
Aug 30, 2006 by nc |  See all 21 posts
took a few listens, but this is my new favorite
I agree. This album blew me away.
Jan 19, 2007 by Electro |  See all 2 posts
Looking back now
I can see your point of view if you were really into De-loused. However in looking back over their catalog to date, this is the album that solidifies tmv as one of the more important bands of late. For me it was the perfect fusion of their rock and jazz backgrounds. The energy they're able to... Read More
Nov 25, 2008 by A. Ballerstein |  See all 2 posts
Is there a single?
Why do you need a single? But to answer your question, apparently there is one. A shortened version was just released on iTunes today.
Sep 1, 2006 by sidewinder |  See all 2 posts
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