The String Quartet
Tribute to The Mars Volta


2.0
poor

Review

by John weathered old reviewer Hanson STAFF
August 13th, 2006 | 28 replies | 6,706 views


Release Date: 2005 | Tracklist


String Tribute’s are supposed to be some kind of neat novelty item for fans of any “chosen” band to pick up an appreciate. I am a fan of The Mars Volta, and I wanted a neat novelty item paying tribute to their greatness. So I got this. I thought “Man, I can’t imagine what De-Loused In the Comatorium would sound like all tripped out with classical instruments lawl.” Unfortunately, I did in fact not have a clue as to what it would sound like, and thus I downloaded a strangely disappointed, but yet shoulda-known-better, album.

The main problem is that the instruments being used here truly don’t fit the eclectic feel of the music. They’re not nearly flashy enough to capture Jon Theodore’s overplaying, Omar Rodriguez-Lopez’s wanking guitar, and almost never can they capture the vocal power of Cedric, which might be quite obvious, but when they rarely even get the vocal melody down correctly, it’s gets to be a chore to listen to.

Then again, it’s entirely too difficult to fit the strange explosion-of-noise formulas The Mars Volta employ on De-Loused. There’s only so much pizzazz you can really add to a String Quartet tribute; the album drones on and on without much really happening. Remember how entirely too crazy Drunkship of Lanturns got to be crazy? The insane time signature changes, the incredible vocal effects, and just the general crazy feel of the song? Well, all that’s gone here, replaced by a tedious, melancholy feel that just doesn’t fit the TMV mythos.

In fact, every song sounds eerily similar. While De-Loused wasn’t quite the most diverse album in the world (at least compared to later TMV projects), there were three or four distinct types of songs. Here, there is only one; the previously mentioned borefest. It’s rare that a song succeeds, and then not even then can it compare to the original song. Cicatriz ESP is, however, the rare treat, being one of the more exhilarating string tributes I’ve heard, with the vocal melody (being played by a violin) being nearly a perfect fit. The song also is far more upbeat and strangely produced than many of the others, causing it to have an almost…TMV-ish vibe. Wtf, a TMV vibe on a tribute to them? Heresy, I say.

Honestly, I wouldn’t ever, ever, ever listen to this again. It’s truly one of the most disappointing albums I’ve ever heard, and that’s with a large part of me bracing myself for a large disappointment. For all the promise this holds, it’s wasted by the completely generic and uninspired performances and poor instrument choice. You can’t expect much more from an album completely made for profit by session musicians and the String Quartet empire. Don’t bother with this, and truthfully, don’t bother with any String Quartet Tribute.



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MisterPilgrim
August 13th 2006



233 Comments


Decent review. This does sound like a bad album.

mynameischan
Staff Reviewer
August 13th 2006



17920 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

mmhm

Iluvatar
Staff Reviewer
August 13th 2006



16081 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

This was "Write a review in 15 minutes challenge". Or however that makes gramatical sense. It didnt work out either way.

MisterPilgrim
August 13th 2006



233 Comments


I figured it was something like that. It's not bad, but I prefer your more star-studded ones, you know?

Cygnus Inter Anates
August 13th 2006



721 Comments


This would work better for Frances the Mute methinks.

Iluvatar
Staff Reviewer
August 13th 2006



16081 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

I'm also leaving for ozzfest in like 20 minutes so meh.

And yeah lim lim, it woulda been far better.This Message Edited On 08.13.06

mynameischan
Staff Reviewer
August 13th 2006



17920 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Stop complaining, Mr. Standish. I voted.

MisterPilgrim
August 13th 2006



233 Comments


Stop complaining, Mr. Standish.

I wasn't complaining. And I told you, you will address me by my formal and proper title, Lord Xenu.This Message Edited On 08.13.06

Cygnus Inter Anates
August 13th 2006



721 Comments


HAIL XENU

Zebra
Moderator
August 13th 2006



2647 Comments


I have a Weezer string tribute and it just doesn't work out. The songs sound kind of cool at first but then wear thin after one or two listens. Cool review, unfortunately I'm not a MV fan.

mynameischan
Staff Reviewer
August 13th 2006



17920 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Aur-Yr-Bron.

MisterPilgrim
August 13th 2006



233 Comments


Edit:
This Message Edited On 08.13.06

MisterPilgrim
August 13th 2006



233 Comments


John Paul Harrison revealed my identity. Chan thinks he knew. He didn't.This Message Edited On 08.13.06

mynameischan
Staff Reviewer
August 13th 2006



17920 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

I already knew.

metallicaman8
August 13th 2006



4677 Comments


Just because a review is short doesn't make it bad
I liked this.

MisterPilgrim
August 13th 2006



233 Comments


Who said it was bad?

metallicaman8
August 13th 2006



4677 Comments


...no one, just a general statement really. Although one of Iluv's earlier comments seemed a little unsatisfied with the review, as if he thought it was bad..or..um I've talked myself into a corner let's just move on.

MisterPilgrim
August 13th 2006



233 Comments


My apologies, no malice or corner-talking intended.

francesfarmer
August 13th 2006



1477 Comments


I know it sounds boring, but instead of the 'no-TMVish' feel, does it sound like classical at all? 'Cause I love classical music, and if it strays from whatever the hell you want to classify TMV under to classical, I'd defenitely check it out.

Pyramidman
August 13th 2006



1340 Comments


well i dont know about ALL string quatet tributes being terrible

i downloaded the TBS tribute, and thought they pulled it off rather nicely

but then again, TBS is no TMV



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