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The Apocalypse Inside Of An Orange

Omar Rodriguez-LopezAudio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (March 4, 2008)
  • Original Release Date: 2008
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Infrasonic
  • ASIN: B00151HZYM
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #167,014 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Melting Chariots
2. Knee Deep in the Loving Hust of Heresy
3. Jacob Van Lennepkade II
4. Fuerza de Liberacion
5. Spared from the Insult List
6. Baby Fat
7. The Apocalypse Inside of an Orange
8. Coma Pony

Editorial Reviews

The debut solo album from The Mars Volta's Omar Rodriguez Lopez. Previously only available on vinyl, The Apocalypse Inside Of An Orange is part of a series of albums written while Rodriguez Lopez was living in Amsterdam in 2005. As the name on the album implies, the tracks included are performed by the Omar Rodriguez Lopez Quintet (as opposed to the Omar Rodriguez Lopez Group), the band that toured Europe in late 2005, which includes bassist Juan Aldrete de la Pena, keyboardist Money Mark Ramos-Nishita, horn player/percussionist Adrian Terrazas Gonzalez, and drummer/percussionist Marcel Rodriguez-Lopez. The album features seven new tracks as well as a previously unreleased version of the song Jacob Van Lennepkade that first appeared on Rodriguez Lopez's self-titled (a.k.a. Dutch) album in 2005.

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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I admit to being a huge, somewhat biased Omar Rodriguez Lopez fan. His combination of head banging rhythms and hypnotic ambient noise fits my love for creative musicianship to a 'T'.

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.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars His best yet! November 19, 2008
Format:Audio CD
Omar's fourth studio album, sees Omar bring in Juan Alderete on bass, Money Mark on keyboard and synthesizer, Adrian Terrazas-Gonzalez on saxophone and bass clarinet and finally Omar's brother, Marcel Rodriguez-Lopez on drums to form the Omar Rodriguez Lopez Quintet. Although recorded in 2005 in Amsterdam, it was not released on CD until earlier on this year.

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.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bending Reality December 3, 2009
Format:Audio CD
This album demonstrates how expressive and inventive music can be. When I first started listening to it while I worked, I found myself torn away from it and completely at the mercy of the strange aural effect that it produces. It is hypnotizing and Dali-esque. It is the closest thing I've experienced to an optical illusion for the ears, delightfully confusing the senses, making me stop and take notice.

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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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars sweet! August 18, 2008
By Brodea
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
im talkin' Frances The Mute kinda sweet. this album is full of amazing jazz/latin/jam/fusion music. a definite buy for any Omar Rodriguez-Lopez fan.
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