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The Mars Volta Ranked
1The Mars Volta
Frances the Mute


The best balance of the band's multifaceted sound and some of the most stunning song compositions of all time. 10/10.
2The Mars Volta
Amputechture


The band leans further into its Latin influences and is all the better for it. Everything besides the palette cleanser closer is essential here. Best production of the band's career too. 10/10.
3The Mars Volta
De-Loused in the Comatorium


This was behind Noctourniquet until I got it on vinyl recently. The album sounds awful on streaming and CD, but on record the textures come out and I can appreciate what the band was going for. This leans a little too far sonically into ATDI territory to be a debut statement from a new band for me, but the songwriting is excellent and on vinyl, the rhythm section is given the room to shine that it deserves. Tracks I used to think were weaker are a lot stronger in my eyes now, my main complaint being that the band hadn't completely found its sound yet and some of the more experimental passages aren't as well integrated as they would be on future albums. 8/10.
4The Mars Volta
Noctourniquet


Nice to hear Cedric get honest with his lyrics and ditch some of the cryptic nature of them for once. The instrumentals are textured and lush. The only weak part for me is that the production complements the softer and clean parts better and the more aggressive parts sound buzzy and unpleasant rather than having the punch they were intended to. Still, those moments are few and far between, still an 8/10 album.
5The Mars Volta
The Bedlam in Goliath


Wonderfully aggressive, with an unstoppable 5-track opening run. On paper, this should be my favorite TMV album, but there is some subpar tracks in the second half. One of few TMV albums that doesn't justify its length despite many classic tracks. 7/10.
6The Mars Volta
Octahedron


I wish the band had leaned into a more stripped back approach with this one, as they promised by calling it their "acoustic record". The best tracks here follow that idea (Twilight as my Guide and the opener), while the rest are slower tempo rock songs that range from middling to great. An album that doesn't live up to its potential but is solid when in the right mood. 6/10.
7The Mars Volta
The Mars Volta


The highlights here are stronger than on Octahedron, but it also contains some of the band's most irritating material, and suffers from a severe lack of direction. The singles would hint at a greater focus on electronics and Latin sounds, but this follows the same formula Octahedron with even more divided results. Tracks 8-10 are a ROUGH listen, which is a shame because the rest is an improvement on the above formula, songwriting wise. 5, maybe 6/10.
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