Omar Rodriguez-Lopez
どういたしまして


4.0
excellent

Review

by Hernan M. Campbell STAFF
March 3rd, 2012 | 10 replies | 4,317 views


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Omar comes Alive!

The previous live album from Omar Rodriguez-Lopez, Los Sueños De Un Higado, exhibited an emphasis on atmosphere. The music that the album contained was very restrained, driven by emotions of heartbreak and melancholia that are confessed through it's lyrics. Though the lyrics were sung in Spanish, all of those feelings of heartbreak and angst that accompanied Ximena's soulful narration, were not lost in translation. The moody, nocturnal psychedelic atmosphere that was formulated by the instrumental members completely took us away, painting images in our heads and even perhaps having us reminisce of our own experiences with disappointment.

どういたしまして, ("You're Welcome"), proves to be the complete opposite from it's predecessor musically. The album begins with "Un Buitre Amable Me Pico", right from the beginning we can hear the differences in direction and mood. The music in this album is much more upbeat. Where the music of Los Sueños De Un Higado emphasized on psychedelic ambience to create an atmosphere with dark overtones, this album is much more simple with a Pop-rock oriented sound. The music is much more instant, with little ambient effects, making for a more energetic performance from the band. There is also much more diversity in the music than in the previous album, it has a fluent balance of both soft and heavier sounding songs. "No Hay Mas Respuestas" displays the perfect synergy between it's two main influences, Omar's heavier Psychedelic rock and Ximena's soulful Pop music. While songs like "El Todo", displays a more delicate dream-like texture with hints of Shoegaze.

This album is also the first glimpse we get of Deantoni Parks, who at the time was rumored to be the replacement of drummer, Thomas Pridgen, who was revealed to no longer be part of The Mars Volta. In this second incarnation of "Lorrentz" that was recorded for this album and the instrumental jam, "My Horror is in Park, Drive Me Away Troubled Heart", he reveals to have a more different technique than Thomas Pridgen. His drumming is much more restrained and not as complex as Pridgen, but he has a dexterous feel for the overall groove and rhythm of the music providing a stunning debut throughout the album. This album displays another stellar performance from Omar's group, his music really comes to life in a live setting. And along with it's predecessor, continues to serve as evidence that all of the hype behind Omar's live performances exist for a reason.



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SgtPepper
Staff Reviewer
March 3rd 2012



4415 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

short and sweet. perhaps the shortest review i have ever written. thank you to whoever pos'd.... like 10 seconds after uploaded it. hope you guys enjoy it.
leave comments if you have suggestions on how to make it better.

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VlacDrac
March 3rd 2012



835 Comments


Short review but well written
Pos'd

Thompson
March 3rd 2012



69 Comments


omar is responsible for this

http://thenose.bandcamp.com/album/microphone-speaker-question

love is all you need

Taxt
March 3rd 2012



629 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Deantoni Parks > Most things

SgtPepper
Staff Reviewer
March 3rd 2012



4415 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

^ you made me laugh, thank you. but how would you rank Volta's drummers, to me it's:
1. Thomas Pridgen
2. Jon Theodore
3. Deantoni Parks.
all great though.

paxman
March 3rd 2012



4084 Comments


Fucking run-on sentences. Whoever pos'd this shit is not a reader.

SgtPepper
Staff Reviewer
March 3rd 2012



4415 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

@ paxman
okay, you're entitled to your opinion.

tommygun
March 3rd 2012



24629 Comments


Good review man! I saw these guys live a few months back (Omar, Alderete and Parks) and they just killed it. Deantoni is a beast on drums, so much groove

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paxman
March 3rd 2012



4084 Comments


"@ paxman okay, you're entitled to your opinion."

Indeed I am, thank you. However, the laws of grammar and punctuation are not a matter of opinion.

SgtPepper
Staff Reviewer
March 3rd 2012



4415 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

@ Paxman
Well, this is the second review where you point out how i'm such a bad writer. so, to help me get better, please point out these unforgivable flaws in grammar and punctuation that i have made.



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