Album Rating: 5.0
This review is horrible. It goes against everything the Mars Volta stands for and is missing the point of the music. You don't HAVE TO LIKE IT AT ALL, that's not what I'm saying.
A lot of the parts you claim to be atonal/unmelodic are FULL of melody. These types of melodies come from different parts of the world, you obviously don't listen to much music at all if you find these melodies to be "unmelodic" or whatever. You haven't acquainted yourself with any of the musical styles that Mars Volta reference nor do you have the capacity to embrace the kinds of concepts that the music of the Mars Volta encompasses. The sort of altruistic illiberal ways of Western thought seem to cloud the way people approach music. They stick to their basic rock, blues, hip-hop, indie "alternative" and other radio music. They seem to be on an island (a safe place), and they have burned the bridges down that could lead them to more interesting places if only they put some WORK into it. But NO, people don't work for music, because to them music is simply entertainment or it has to apply to the emotions they feel, but they don't allow the music to take them to it's world. The ONLY reason people LIKE the Mars Volta is that their music incorperates rock and pop influence, but their approach to it is completely unique. The crazy "free jazz", the musique concrete/ambient sections, etc are just as important to the music as the catchy choruses and guitar solos are. I seriously believe that even a majority of TMV's fans are missing the point of a lot of their music. If anyone's reading this I highly encourage them to explore different music beyond Western conformist commercial "accepted" forms of music. Go try stuff like Sun City Girls, Naked City, Jandek, Henry Cow, Captain Beefheart, Kayo Dot, Gorguts, Derek Bailey, and such.