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2009 release from The Mars Volta guitarist/producer/writer/arranger. The addictive melodies and passionate execution of each performance render Old Money perhaps the most accessible of his non-Volta recordings, and the perfect entry point to anyone not yet familiar with what this prolific artist has to offer. The album fits comfortably between the guitarist's monumental work with The Mars Volta, and his prior rock-based solo releases. Loosely based on the concept of exploitative industrialists and, well, their old money, the album presents a 10-track collection of concise Rock compositions, which range from Progressive to Psychedelic to downright funky. Many of these sounds could easily be at home on a Volta record.
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (January 27, 2009)
  • Imported ed. edition
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Stones Throw
  • ASIN: B001LMVA5U
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #184,311 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By doomsdayer520 HALL OF FAME on February 2, 2009
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Omar Rodriguez Lopez's level of output is truly staggering, especially if you consider the sonic complexity of his work. Fans of the Mars Volta should check out Omar's solo albums, since several members of the gang are regular contributors and with Omar in charge across the board, his musical muse will be instantly recognizable. This latest album (the next will be released next week - literally) can be considered a slightly relaxed version of the prog fury of the Mars Volta, without the vocals and with (even) more exploration. Omar's basic tendencies are all here, with highly technical progressive rock/jazz elements mixing with new-fangled sonic manipulation.

Songwriting is probably not the main point on this particular album, with more of an interest in improvisation and collaboration. But the manipulation of sound becomes an Achilles heel in several songs here. For example, you can imagine Omar and his compatriots getting stuck in an improvisational groove with no musical conclusion to be found, so Omar added nonsensical noise to the recorded version to either conclude the song or add variety. This is tragically evident in the otherwise spooky "How to Bill the Bilderburg Group," and in the album's only truly unsuccessful track, the maddeningly repetitive "Trilateral Commission as Dinner Guests." Meanwhile, the short interludes "1921" and "Vipers in the Bosom" are merely experiments in electronic production and don't deliver on their basic musical ideas.

But on the other hand, you can't fault Omar for wanting to get his avalanche of ideas out to his listeners, and serious fans will definitely appreciate the musical and experimental power.
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This album creeps up slowly and has already grown on me since I have listened to it several times. Omar's albums always seem to go that one extra step further than other Rock artists. I don't know if I would apply the term "Space rock" to this album (such as "minor cuts" or "calibration" are), but it does have it's spacey moments.

There are some killer tracks on here that involve Juan Alderete de la Pena, Marcel Rodriguez Lopez, Adrian Terrazas-Gonzales, Cedric, Jon Theodore. The last two tracks might possibly be my favorites of the album.
So, sit back and get ready for the craziness, funkiness, and out-there rock-n-roll of Omar Rodriguez Lopez's latest and greatest! I heartily recommend it!
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I'v listened to allot of Omar's work and this album would probably have to be in the top five. One of his best songs ever and which happens to be on this album would have to be "Private Fortunes" Imagine if one of Pink Floyd's songs had babys with Jimi Hendrix's songs they would have "Private Fortunes. Hell most of my friends don't even like Omar Rodriguez but they love that song! All and all this CD will freak alot of people out who aren't familiar with Omar. But if you are a first time listener don't get this album get Si Dice Bisonte or Apocalypse Inside of An Orange, If you do like Omar get this album!
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If you're a huge TMV fan, but in between when it comes to most of Omar's solo records then you're probably going to really like this one. I heard from a friend that supposedly most of the songs on Old Money were originally going to be the follow up to Amputechture but were scrapped (or set aside) for The Bedlam In Goliath. I don't know if that's true but it's believable based on the overall sound and structure of Old Money. My favorites include Private Fortunes, The Power of Myth, & Population Council's Wet Dream. Everything else ranges from decent to great except for 1921 which didn't do much for me personally. Anyways, if you're not into TMV this probably isn't going to do anything to change your mind, but fans will find a lot on here to satisfy them I'm sure.
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