The Apocalypse Inside Of An Orange
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For any of his fans: This is his best solo album, and yes I own them all. Clearer/groovier than the yellow one (self titled), more focused than "please heat this eventually" or "No Bufalo..." and more soulful than his superb first solo album/soundtrack.
Songs like 'Baby Fat', 'Coma Pony' and 'Melting Chariots' show the quintet in fine form, different from Mars Volta, but wholly compelling none the less.
The reworked versions of Jacob Van... and Vandelpark (now the title track) from the yellow album are equally fantastic, all players really get to show off their chops and the compositions are fantastic as well.
To people new to Omar: A great starter album, unfortunately almost none of you will see this without ever hearing an Omar album, because this one only got vinyl release (and now a quiet CD release), but this is a fantastic intro to such a prolific and creative musical talent. Omar's phrasing is a unique combination of Robert Fripp (King Crimson), Jimi Hendrix, John McLaughlin (Mahavishnu Orchestra/Miles Davis) and Eddie Hazel (Parliament/Funkadelic)... compelling and challenging at the same time. His band is made of a bunch of his local friends/relatives as well as Money Mark, a keyboardist extraordinare whose work with the Beastie Boys as well as his solo work (i also suggest his album: "Marks Keyboard Repair Shop") merits mention alone.
Overall: Save your money, don't buy his Lydia Lunch album, or No Bufalo , or Calibration... buy this one and the new Volta album, it'll be money will spent.
The album starts off like a chilled out jazz rock album with saxophone dominant opening track `Melting Chariot'. Then second track, `Knee Deep in the Loving Hush of Heresy' heads straight in to a frenzied, intensive blast of heavy guitars and drumming, before heading back into that chilled out zone, like that of the first track. The track bounces between the frenzied moments and the chilled out moments, often with a short pause after the frenzied moments showing the band's tightness and timing. The track exits on a high with the crazy guitar and drumming which sets the scene nicely for the next track.
The third track of the album, for me is the centrepiece of the whole album. At over 18 minutes and 39 seconds in length, `Jacob van Lennepkade II' accounts for nearly a third of the hour plus long album. The track is based on the riff from `Viscera eyes' from The Mars Volta's third album `Amputechture'. In my opinion it is one of the best riffs Omar has created out of all the stuff he has done with The Mars Volta, At the Drive-in and his solo stuff. Both of these tracks appear to be written at the same time by Omar during his stay in Amsterdam. While `Viscera eyes' was over 9 minutes on the album, it was reduced to just over four minutes to be a single.Read more ›
This is my absolute favorite Rodriguez-Lopez release! There is no other quite like it.
"Fuerza de Liberacion," and especially the title track are free-play acid rock jam sessions with moody synthesizers, stuttering horns and pedal effects, evoking mood, sensation and unique sonic atmosphere.
It all finishes of with the grounding anthemic "Coma Pony" guitar jam farewell.
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I had listened the CD before, it's just amazing, there's a journey in every song, BUT the CD has only 2 pages of booklek; Mars Volta albums or even Cryptomnesia are better in that... Read morePublished on October 21, 2010 by A5E5E224S6A35SD15S5D5YUK
Any Omar Rodriguez-Lopez/Mars Volta album is worth buying, in my opinion, without an initial listen. Read morePublished on December 2, 2008 by Nicholas Jones
Most solo and side projects Omar does are interesting. However, they usually require patience. This recod has the experimentation and creativity you would expect, but is much more... Read morePublished on September 20, 2008 by C. Maylone