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Frances The Mute

Mars Volta , The Mars Volta Audio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
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1. Cygnus...Vismund Cygnus
2. A. Sarcophagi
3. B. Umbilical Syllables
4. C. Facilia Descenus Averni
5. D. Con Safo
6. The Widow
7. L'Via L'Viaquez
8. Miranda That Ghost Just Isn't Holy Anymore
9. A. Tathata Sunyata
10. B. Pour Another Icepick
11. C. Pisacis (Phra-men-ma)
12. D. Con Safo
13. Cassandra Gemini
14. A. Tarantism
15. B. Plant A Nail In the Navel Stream
16. C. Faminepulse
17. D. Multiple Spouse Wounds
18. E. Sarcophagi

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If one needed further proof of the contemporary revival/reassessment of the ambitiously overwrought sensibilities once so reviled in 70's rock, this aggressively mind-bending second album by The Mars Volta offers it up in spades. Band mainstays Omar Rodriguez-Lopez and Cedric Baxter-Zavala insist that labels like "prog" don't interest them, and that this is emphatically not a "sequel" to 2003's De-Loused in the Comatorium. What it is was thematically inspired by a stranger's diary allegedly found by late bandmate Jeremy Ward, the basis for an expansive, often amorphous musical head-trip that brews psychedelia, trance, hard-rock and free-jazz into a daunting new whole. The dozen tracks here represent but five "songs" proper, though the band's disdain for conventional track banding inspire it to sound more like a stream-of-consciousness soundscape from Can--or a dark, lyrically inventive, if decidedly troubled corner of their ids. On the "Umbilical Syllables" portion of "Cygnus.." and "The Widow" Bixter-Zavala invokes the wailing, Zeppelin II & III spirit of Robert Plant set against a feverish, swirling melange that's anything but the blues. The vocalist coaxes "L' Via l'Viaquez" en Espanol, while his band indulges its space-mambo conceits with an evocative spirit that recalls Latin Playboys at their most mischievous. It's an album that loops back on itself in a haunting ellipse--and one whose boundless ambition makes Pink Floyd sound like three-chord bar punters by comparison. --Jerry McCulley

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5.0 out of 5 stars Astounding. Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!!! May 3 2013
By Levi
Format:LP Record|Verified Purchase
It may be a used copy, but that does not matter. This album, is a BEAST. Just being able to hold hte vinyl in my hands is too mind blowing for words. Thank you soooo much.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars awsome! Jan. 29 2005
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
frances the mute is the ultimate album if you like to just sit and be taken to a different world... having noly five tracks on the cd, as said on The Mars Volta site, the album is one million hours long!... its the greatest thign if you just love to sit back, relax and be taken somewhere far away without moving...
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
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.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars F*cking Fantastic March 2 2005
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
For only 9 bucks you get 73 minutes and 69 seconds of KILLER music. If you liked "de-loused in the comatorium" your gonna like their follow up even more. When I bought it I listened to it 2 times straight through. In my opinion its the best album of this year and maybe even last year. If you like Punk mixed with Classic Rock with Latin with Alternative with just about anything then your gonna like this album; theres probably a hint of most styles in this album similiar to their first release.
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4.0 out of 5 stars My First Mars Volta...It Grows on You Dec 5 2007
Format:Audio CD
I picked up this CD just because I'd heard all kinds of positive comments about the 'prog rock' nature of their music. It was also a pick by Mojo Magazine as one of the 40 essential cozmic rock picks. Trust me when I say this CD was in VERY GOOD company ie. King Crimson, Pink Folyd, Radiohead, Tool, etc. Initially I would have given this just three stars simply based on the sheer song complexity and exhilarating arrangements. However, I gave it four, not because I thought it was more 'outstanding' after more listening, but rather because it began to grow on me. I began to truly appreciate the songs. I don't know that I'll need anymore Mars Volta music, but I'm pleased with Frances the Mute. I can now appreciate the 'cozmic rock' top forty finish.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Mutely March 28 2007
By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAME TOP 10 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
The Mars Volta hit the jackpot with their debut -- a thrashing, hypnotic, hallucinatory sprawl of prog-rock. People loved it, and many said it was genius. Which, of course, makes the expectations for Album No. 2 even higher -- how can you capture lightning in a bottle more than once?

"Frances the Mute" does a pretty good job of doing just that. Without sacrificing the creepy overtones and wild sound, the Mars Volta opts for a new, stranger sound that is a bit less rock and a bit more prog. "L'Via L'Viaquez" has a sizzling riff that is louder than anything else on the album, while "Cygnus...Vismund Cygnus" sounds like a metal band going slowly insane.

Not that they've lost their metal/funk/punk/Latin/experimental edge -- some parts of it are just more prominent. Mostly it's the prog and funk... and just try to imagine what that sounds like. Songs like the half-hour "Cassandra Gemini" happily flit from one style to another, with a sense of true rock grandeur, while songs like "Miranda that Ghost Just Isn't Holy Anymore" has an ambient flavor.

Perhaps the one problem is that instead of one sprawling concept album, like their first, this is apparently multiple "acts" put together. A few songs simply putter out, like lackluster "The Widow." But the explosive energy of almost every other song is enough to make up for "The Widow's" flaws.

In a nutshell, you don't know what to expect from the Mars Volta in any given song. They can draw you in with a simple riff or quiet melody, before launching into a screaming, frenetic jumble of Latin-prog-psychedelica-acid-jazz. It's dizzying; the instrumentation is as wild and abstract as their dark, bizarre songwriting.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Error in the description of the product Dec 21 2005
By "jepra"
Format:Audio CD
Excellent album. If you're a true fan of the band, the DVD includes a live performance by the band, which I believe is in Tokyo from their previous tour to De-loused. And although this is a Japanese import - I purchased this in Japan - the DVD is region free. It also includes the audio track 'Frances the Mute', the b-side/title track that never made the album. You can find this song on torrents and what not (The Missing Chromosome - a promo release of b-sides), but for the hardcore fans, it's available for your purchase here. Enjoy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars best album ever
this is the best album you will ever hear so just buy it
Published on Oct. 16 2005
5.0 out of 5 stars A stunning Masterpiece from one of the most talented bands!
This is the best prog album since Pink Floyd's Wish You Were Here (1975). And there are some similarities between both of them. Guitarist Omar Rodriguez was born in 1975. Read more
Published on Aug. 13 2005
5.0 out of 5 stars Electric
Spectacular. I had never really heard any music by The Mars Volta, but when "The Widow" hit the radios, the song grew on me. Read more
Published on July 21 2005 by DRLDivision
5.0 out of 5 stars It's that good
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Frances the Mute = Wow x 10^Wow
Finally, a band that bends the rules for what songs can be. There was no corporate producer telling them how their music had to sound. Read more
Published on June 1 2005 by Jpl377
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Ever
This is one of the best CDs I ever bought. The first five minutes or so will drive you crazy, but it just provides contrast for the rest of the album which will blow your mind.
Published on March 24 2005 by Richard J. Lorenz
5.0 out of 5 stars Its all been done before, but seldom this well
Well I was hooked from the first note on this energetic and talented composition. From my perspective Mars Volta is the second coming of 'Yes', with the Buena Vista Social Club... Read more
Published on March 20 2005 by Catherine MacArthur
3.0 out of 5 stars Impressive, but not awe-inspiring
I have to express initial disappointment with Frances the Mute. I immediately loved De-loused, but while Frances shares some sensibility with that CD, it tries it's best to be as... Read more
Published on March 12 2005 by Aaron Dawe
5.0 out of 5 stars go ahead waste your life...
It's official "The Mars Volta" defy genres, seamlessly blending a huge base of musical styles and pull it off where very few could succeed in "Frances the... Read more
Published on March 4 2005 by "travisuhrynuk"
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