Sunday, November 11, 2012

The Mars Volta
"Amputechture" (CD)

The Mars Volta's third album, released in 2006 was Jon Theodore's final appearance with the prog-rockers.  Already on this album a feel there was a signaled change from the hurled velocity of their previous albums.

The engaging thing about the Volta (for me) was always their stop-on-a-dime sense of rhythm and tempo, falling (seemingly) haphazardly from one blistering self-destruction to the next.  This album loses a lot of that focus and intent.  It was the last album I paid the group much attention.

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