Sound — 8
First off, this album is going to scare off most people. The textures and sounds in this music are too intemidating for those weened on MTV. But those who can appreciate the bizarre will find quite possibly the most enjoyable album of the year. When Omar Rodriguez Lopez and Cedric Bixler Zavala left their previous group At The Drive In in 2000, they just wanted to rock out. That much is evident on the Mars Voltas debut. Most of these songs run about 7 minutes, with white-spired twangy guitars and almost tribal drums dominating the most part. This could easily be classified as a jam album. It starts off with a slow build up to a full throttle assault on "Inertiatic e.s.p" which is interupted with an electronic breakdown which builds to that same intensity before the end. But perhaps the best track here is "Cicatriz e.s.p". Through 12 minutes of ever changing styles, Omar shows us exactly what he's capable and proves himself an incredible talent on the guitar (with John Frusciante of Chili Pepper fame accompanying him for the "dueling solo). There si so much music styles covered here, and the only downfall is that some poeple will be flabergasted by what's going on around them.
Lyrics — 10
Deloused is a concept album, about a friend of Omar and Cedric's who took his life. The album offers no lyric sheet, but in my humble opinion, that's a good thing. Every song seems liek a mystery just waiting to be solved. The lyrics are definetly up to you to figure out, but with the context of this music, it fits seemingly well. The album is lousey with references of pre-birth, fetal stages and mind f*cked reveries, which will take you to very spaced out places. The point is that this man has died, and is hanging on, trying to decide if he shall live or die, and at the end (evident by the acoustic track "Televators) he chooses death. The mood fits perfectly here.
Overall Impression — 10
Over all, this is one of the riskiest albums produced this year, not focusing on radio play and refusing to play the fame game. Very daring, very atmospheric, and gargantuan in scope, this is probably one of the best guitar albums this year, and for $10, I definitely recomend taking this plunge into space, where hopefully you won't wanna return.