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Calibration (is Pushing Luck and Key Too Far) Content/Copy-Protected CD

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Omar Alfredo Rodr¡guez-L¢pez is the composer, lead guitarist and producer for the Progressive Modern Rock group The Mars Volta and the former guitarist for the Post-Hardcore outfit ,At the Drive-In. This 2008 album was recorded during (and influenced by) his stay in Amsterdam. Features guest appearances from John Frusciante (Red Hot Chili Peppers) and Money Mark (Beasties Boys) plus Juan, Thomas and Cedric of Mars Volta. It is described as being influenced by Electronic music and Acid-Jazz. Rodriguez-Lopez's compositional and playing style is characterized by, among other factors, unresolving dissonances (in particular a heavy use of the tritone), chromatic passages, serial composition and lengthy improvisation. 11 tracks. N20 Records.

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Mexico
  2. El Monte T'ai
  3. Una Ced Lacerante
  4. Calibration
  5. Grey (Cancion Para El)
  6. Glosa Picaresca Wou Men
  7. Sidewalk Fins
  8. Lick The Tilting Poppies
  9. Cortar El Cuello
  10. ...Is Pushing Lucky
  11. Las Lagrimas De Arakuine


Product Details

  • Audio CD (February 5, 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Content/Copy-Protected CD
  • Label: N2O Entertainment
  • ASIN: B0011BJQ4S
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #221,657 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Keegan R. Lerch on March 31, 2008
Format: Audio CD
I cannot get enough of Omar Rodriguez Lopez's music (or the Mars Volta). Everything he comes out with is fresh, and he aims for a new musical idea with every new album he records. Calibration is no different...It begins with a electronic, spacey experimental jam call "mexico," and continues in the same direction for the rest of the album. The album features the "Mars Volta Family" as the sticker on the album says, which includes Thoms Pridgen (Mars Volta) on drums, Money Mark (Beastie Boys) on synth, John Frusciante (Red Hot Chili Peppers) on vocals, Adrian Terrazas Gonzalez (Mars Volta/Omar Quintet) on woodwinds, and Cedric on vocals.
Each track is a spacey adventure into a world of electronic sound collages that Omar has arranged and directed into awesome contemporary pieces of art. His guitar moves in and out of the mix of sounds created by the great artists that surround him on this album. At times, it sounds like something really crazy off of "Bedlam in Goliath," although this album is in a completely experimental direction. This is recommended for fans of the Mars Volta and Omar's other solo projects. This is some of the spaciest music I have heard from him so far, I can't wait to see what he puts out next!
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Seriously, I don't know why everything Omar makes does this to me, and I often wonder if it's just me, but here we go:

I bought Calibration, and gave it a listen. I went through the entire album and it was spacey and weird (like I expected). It was okay, but I didn't think I would listen to it too much. 5 days later, I put together a playlist real fast to work to and realize that every single track from this album had grown on me so much in 5 days that they are all on this list. TMV and Omar's side project concept albums are more than just music for me. They are basically all I listen to, they never get old, and since they cover 4 different genres at some point in their albums so far I have songs that sound great no matter what mood I am in.

Calibration is no different. I could seriously put this album on repeat for a few days straight and the thought of it getting old would never enter my head.
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By Athena on November 12, 2008
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Pretty much anything that has "Omar Rodriguez-Lopez" on it, or in it, is going to be great. I have yet to be disappointed with this man's work.
This album is just a great relief when i hear it. It's very soothing and flowing, theres not really any empty space in the album. It's filled with beautiful crescendos and decrescendos between the string instruments. There appearance on this album (to me) is the most important part. The strings bring out the true, sometimes very melancholy sounding, themes in the music.
But they make me feel hopeful. So if you love anything else Omar has made, you'll definetely love this album.
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