This album is a triumph, no doubt about it. De-loused in the Comatorium was a fantastic debut album that made a lot of people take notice of The Mars Volta, and rightly so. With Frances the Mute, they have established in my books their undesputable status as the best new band out there right now, hands down. Not two minutes into the first track I was sold, even having heard the single The Widow on their site already. Their recent success with De-loused is evident by them taking liberty to write what seems like only half the lyrics in English! A bold move, but definetely adds to their unique feel. I can't think of another band that sounds quite like them, but if I had to describe them I would say Pink Floyd crossed with Santana (for the Latin influences).
I had heard their first album described as "prog-punk", if there is such a thing, and it seemed like the best description I had heard. With Frances the Mute, I would definetely place them squarely in the prog-rock category, with a hint of punk splashed in. No matter how you classify their music, if you liked De-loused in the Comatorium, or are just a fan of great prog music in general, you will love Frances the Mute.