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Bedlam In Goliath Enhanced, Explicit Lyrics

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  • Audio CD (Jan. 29 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Enhanced, Explicit Lyrics
  • Label: Universal Music Canada
  • ASIN: B000ZK4466
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
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2. Metatron
3. Ilyena
4. Wax Simulacra
5. Goliath
6. Tourniquet Man
7. Cavalettas
8. Agadez
9. Askepios
10. Ouroboros
11. Soothsayer
12. Conjugal Burns

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2008 album from the eccentric Alternative outfit. Fans of this American Progressive Rock band should expect the same thematic approach to storytelling as on their former records. This album chronicles The Mars Volta's time with the Soothsayer AKA the Ouija board owned by vocalist Cedric Bixler-Zavala, and its mutation from a source of amusement during the tour supporting the band's Amputechture album into a malevolent psycho-spiritual force that nearly tore the group apart, collectively and individually. The album's creation process was subject to "bad luck controversy" after the band's bizarre experience. The Bedlam in Goliath is their fourth full-length studio album. Produced by guitarist Omar Rodriguez-Lopez with engineer Robert Carranza, 12 tracks. Universal.

No one has ever accused the Mars Volta of subtlety. But even so, the cyclonic caterwaul of Bedlam in Goliath is the band’s fullest starburst to date. Sure, the songs have titles that seem indecipherable, from “Aberinkula” to “Conjugal Burns.” The important thing, though, is the molten, guitar-spiraling, drum-thundering core at the heart of the whole endeavor. “Aberinkula” opens the album with an unfettered explosion of clustered guitars and a dense keyboard haze pierced by Cedric Bixler-Zavala’s coarse, pitched yowl. A scouring soprano sax solo cuts across the songs’s midsection, and that vibe spreads throughout Bedlam, but so does the most pervasive melding of herky-jerk rhythms, post-punk speed, uber-funk bass, and chaotic riffage that you’re likely to find in rock & roll. If it’s Bedlam you want, you can’t miss here. --Andrew Bartlett

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mike Salvatores on Jan. 29 2008
Format: Audio CD
"The Bedlam in Goliath" is The Mars Volta's fourth long player and is based on the band's experiences with an Ouija board bought in Jerusalem.
The Mars Volta's brain-frying stuff has always left me cold and, while the latest material still has the full array of over-the-top instrumentation, bonkers lyrics and Cedric Bixler Zavala's soaring falsetto vocal cords, there are more than a few decent tunes.
"Aberinkula" surges out of the speakers with mock operatic choruses and frenetic percussion, creating a level of energy seldom reached again in the whole album.
"Wax Simulacra" is a song simultaneously taking off in several directions while failing to go anywhere remotely interesting.
And at more than eight minutes long, "Goliath" is grandiose and pleased with itself, foaming at the mouth with pseudo mysticism, seeking attention like a hyperactive child.
Insanely indulgent? Original and inspired?
At least you can never accuse The Mars Volta of lacking adventure. This is about as adventurous as it gets.
Highlights : "Aberinkula" and "Soothsayer".
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By drea666 on Jan. 29 2008
Format: Audio CD
TBIG is a return to the concept album for TMV. however it is different from all their previous efforts. the album is fantastic from beginning to end with really only one track that is skipped over (tourniquet man). each memeber is at the top of thier game on this album. the new drummer thomas pridgen shows his skills throughout the album leaving any worriers that theodore could never be replaced to rest. cedric (vocalist) is great hitting all kinds of notes along with some of the catchiest hooks. juan the bassist keeps the band in time and the your head grooving in all the times of chaos. over all the album is a great anyone who is a fan of thier previous works should check this out.
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Format: Audio CD
As all their previous albums, at a glance, this one is not an easy listening. But if you just forget about following the lyrics and trying to find out where each song starts and finishes and instead close your eyes and let yourself been carried away... it is a great experience. This is one of Mars Volta's most coherent and richest albums musically, and at the same time, the more complex. Each time you listen to this album you'll find out an instrument or solo which you've never heard previously. Cedric's voice is hitting higher notes then ever! The more you listen to this album, the more you'll like it. The duo Omar Rodriguez Lopez/Cedric Bixler Zavala is among the most talented and prolific in progressive music history. The Mars Volta has been compared to lots of great bands from the seventies. They sound like all of them and at the same time, like none of them. Their sound is unique and fits their name.
About the album. Just Goliath itself is worth buying the album. And so are the rest of the 75 minutes of total aural assault!
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