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Released: 16.09.22







If you like The Mars Volta, you can’t have missed that they have a new album out. You’ve probably heard singles and thought ‘well, that sounds pretty pop.’ Yeah. The rest of the album is too. It’s ‘accessible’, if that’s what you want from your progressive rock. Songs have verses and choruses that sound like they are the same song. Songs run for three minutes.

There’s very little that’s weird aside from the occasional conservative bit of reverse guitar, occasional Spanish lyrics and Latin cross rhythms, but melded with a more funk, 70s RnB soundworld, which it makes the album sound in places more like Silk Sonic than Frances The Mute. Which, after a couple of listens, and in the right mindset…is good.


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