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August 14, 2005

Bargain alert: the Mars Volta – Frances the Mute

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tom @ 10:28 pm

If you’ve held off buying the Mars Volta’s second album (and you can handle the horrible sonic quality of it,) Best Buy has quite a deal this week. $7.99 gets you not only the album but also a separate bonus CD that contains a live version of “The Widow” AND the unreleased-in-the-US title track. This is quite a deal and it had me punching and breaking stuff all day because I paid for “The Widow” as an import CD single (something like $11 – which was $5 more than I paid for the album!) in order to get that friggin’ “Frances The Mute” track. Damn!

If you don’t know, the non-album title track functions as a “decoder” for the rest of the album, or so the band claims. Me, I really can’t get past the overdone-everything mix in order to appreciate it on a level where I could find mysteries. I’m going to make a real effort to give this album another chance – besides the mix and a serious need for some editing of the excessively long noise passages, there really is some excellent music to be had. “L’ Via L’ Viaquez” is a stunning piece of music and apparently the label agrees as it’s the next single (which happens to contain yet another unreleased song, “Bible & The Breathalyzer.” $7.49 isn’t too bad for an import, actually. I’m not sure at this point in my life if I need to dump any more money into this project, however . . .)

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