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Octahedron

The Mars VoltaAudio CD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (June 23, 2009)
  • Original Release Date: 2009
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Warner Bros.
  • ASIN: B0028SVXR6
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #43,301 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Since We've Been Wrong
2. Teflon
3. Halo of Nembutals
4. With Twilight As My Guide
5. Cotopaxi
6. Desperate Graves
7. Copernicus
8. Luciforms

Editorial Reviews

Hailed by The New Yorker as 'perhaps
the most musically adventurous act
currently signed to a major label'
and by Rolling Stone as 2008's Best
Prog-Rock Band, The Mars Volta
makes its Warner Bros. debut with
Octahedron, the highly acclaimed
group's fifth studio album. Following
2008's The Bedlam In Goliath-its
third consecutive album to debut Top
10-which featured 'Wax Simulacra,'
Grammy winner for Best Hard Rock
Performance, The Mars Volta's punkperverted neo-psychedelia goes
acoustic on Octahedron. Says the
band's Cedric Bixler Zavala:
'There's electricity throughout it! But
… that's what our band does-celebrate mutations.'

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38 of 44 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Octatechture. June 25, 2009
By Sylo
Format:Audio CD
Do you hear that? Its the collective crying that occurs after the release of yet another Mars Volta album. You would figure that at this point fans would understand what the Mars Volta are all about. Do they really not yet understand that the band will never give fans what they want but instead will follow their own creative instincts? You never hear a Bjork fan complain when she goes off and does something really strange like on Medulla or Volta and yet the Mars Volta, a band that is clearly hell bent on being abstract and artistic, gets a lip full every time they go in a different direction. Get over it and get used to it.

I guess its customary to bring up the bands past records when speaking of the most current release and the easiest comparison is that this record is 99% ballads. If "Asilos Magdalena", "Miranda that ghost", and "Televators" were some of your favorite songs than you should be right at home with this album.

My number one complaint (and there were very few of them) about The Bedlam in Goliath is that the band never took a moment to relax on that album. With every song being fast paced and loud I longed for those moments on a Volta record where I could take a breather before the next relentless thirteen minute prog rock latin jazz head bopping track would begin. Octahedron is the Ying to that albums Yang. I for one welcome a much slower album that builds to a more meaningful and impactful conclusion.

Cedric's lyrics are more heartfelt and the emphasis he's allowed to give every line really helps a lot. Where this record will truly shine is when they mix these beautiful songs with their other material in their live show. Otherwise its a more mellow but also a more meaningful experience when listened to from beginning to end.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Give this album time, please August 3, 2009
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I was a little skeptical when I first picked up this CD. The Mars Volta is one of those bands that one can easily classify as "all over the place" or "crazy." They're a not-so-accessible tour de force of maniacal percussion, guitars, and screaming vocals. They take a long time to appreciate, but eventually, after your brain manages to sift through the layers of complexity of chaos, a beautiful and impressive scenery often emerges that was previously invisible and unrelatable.

This album is far more subdued, hence the skepticism. It's difficult to call any territory "familiar" to the Mars Volta, but this album surely treads into calmer and more unfamiliar waters than ever before. Sure, it's a bit more poppy and classically-structured (often with the verse-chorus-verse, etc.)--but man, are these tunes awesome. The opener, "Since We've Been Wrong" is laid back, emotional, and gives such an adrenaline rush when the drums finally kick in at the 5-minute mark that you know you're in for a ride. Teflon kicks in with a radio-friendly up-tempo beat with all around great singing and energy. Halo of Nembuttals is one that slowly grew on me as the time passed--I'd call it one of my favorites now. The melody is one that I first found slightly annoying, yet soon realized I couldn't get it out of my head--and now I love it.

The next tune, With Twilight As My Guide, introduces how good The Mars Volta is at writing slow songs. The two standouts on the album--this tune and the later Copernicus--are very slow but so full of emotion and build so well that you'll be playing it on repeat for days. Juxtaposed with the accessible "Desparate Graves" and the album closer Luciforms--this album really holds a pleasing mix of slow, fast, and medium-paced songs. The more I've listened, the more each tune continues to impress me.
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20 of 24 people found the following review helpful
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OK, this album is going to be tough for people looking for that nostalgic feeling those of us have for albums such as De-loused or even Frances the Mute. The last couple of albums have represented a specific groove in my opinion that has lacked some progression from a "feel" standpoint. I personally found that I was almost tired after listening to Bedlam from the onslaught (which I adore about the album). I mention this only to set the stage for this album.

The time signatures are a much more straight- forward as compared to previous albums. However, this doesn't mean that there what can be known as the Mars Volta time signatures/riffs aren't here. The album contains a great psychedelic edge that traverses the soundscape quite well. Vocals represent a format that is more fluid, less manic, than previous albums, which may be difficult for the first-album fans to buy into. This, coupled with more breaks in the song structure (fade out guitar riffs for guitar effects over a bass/drum/vocal combo for instance), over a slower BPM, can come as somewhat of a shock for fans.

The soundscapes Mars has provided here are fantastic. The grooves are no less powerful as well, and in many ways it contains little more edge in its directness (referencing Cotopaxi here, and for those who got picked up the iTune pre-order with the live version have a REAL treat!). I found the nod to Pink Floyd's "time" awesome personally. I haven't seen reviews that picked up on the similarities between Halo and Time. It also is a great metaphor for the feel that they are trying to incorporate into the music, as well as the influence this style of psychedeia has had on their music.

In summary, I totally disagree with the poor reviews.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars It sounds like a different band at first
Definitely the most accessible and mellow album released yet by The Mars Volta. It may seem odd at first if you're used to the balls to the wall throttle of their previous... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Nikolaus
5.0 out of 5 stars Item quality
No one buys vinyl without liking or at least hearing the album first, so I'm just going to comment on the physical item itself. Great album art, quality vinyl, great packaging. Read more
Published 22 months ago by JAE
4.0 out of 5 stars Better than their previous effort
The Mars Volta is experimental. Those who do not understand this should not listen to them; however, I have been listening and I understand. Read more
Published on April 9, 2012 by Mike C.
4.0 out of 5 stars Mars Volta Leave Mars And Come Down To Earth
The Mars Volta show a new side on this cd and a welcome one as far as I'm concerned. I got into these guys with The Bedlam In Goliath, which was full throttle almost the entire... Read more
Published on August 25, 2010 by MrSavoie2U
5.0 out of 5 stars Gorgeous sonorities, interesting lyrics add up to fantastic music
Gorgeous sonorities, interesting lyrics add up to a fantastic music, almost classical, and definitely exciting. Read more
Published on August 9, 2010 by Grethe Holby
4.0 out of 5 stars Finally a Mars Volta Album I LOVE as a whole.
I have always been very impressed by this band, but I've never been able to REALLY get into them. I already had Deloused and Francis, parts of which I really loved, but I was never... Read more
Published on August 6, 2010 by C. Taylor
4.0 out of 5 stars As good as allways... surprise!
Alix review has it pretty close to my own sentiment about Mars Volta's music and Omar's solo projects. Read more
Published on March 31, 2010 by J. Hort
5.0 out of 5 stars Some of the coolest music I've ever heard.
This band keeps evolving and exploring and getting better with each album*. I'm abig fan of prog-rock since my youth in the 70's with such bands as Pink Floyd, Yes, Rush, Frank... Read more
Published on March 18, 2010 by Stephen Maestas
3.0 out of 5 stars The Perfect Introduction,
This is the perfect introduction to this band because it is nowhere near as good as their other albums, most of which are PHENOMENAL. Read more
Published on February 27, 2010 by M Fine
5.0 out of 5 stars there best yet
A superb cd, with great lyrics and layers of innovative music. Very excited about this group!!
Published on January 27, 2010 by Mark Zak
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Heard the leak of this album- LOVE IT!!!!!
I agree. This album is extremely solid, and the production all around is top notch. I can't get enough of this album. It's a little short, but it certainly isn't lacking in any form. No horns on this album, smaller sounding band. Songs on this album rival "Televators" on repeatability,... Read More
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