Sound — 10
This album may just possibly be the most innovative album sound wise of all time. Bongo beats, wailing vocals, electronica, complicated riffs and an uncountable number of guitar effects. It is awesome, this is progressive rock taken to new levels. Flea adds another dimension to the album with his ridiculously stunning bass skills. Many people will say that Radiohead are the most adventurous band ever...those people have obviously never heard this prime example of experimentation gone wild. Listen to "Televators" for a good idea of what I'm talking about.
Lyrics — 10
The lyrics on this album are very difficult ot decipher as they are not in the booklet but even if they were available, you would need to speak Spanish to understand some of them. However, the lyrics that you can hear/undersatnd are truely awesome and poetic. Once again, "Televators" is a fantastic example of lyrical magic. The vocalist has a different voice to say the least. He used to be in At The Drive In (another world class band), as were most of the members of the band, and his voice has progressed so much since their farewell effort entitled "Relationship Of Command." His voice is melodic and strangely feminine in some places.
Overall Impression — 10
If any of you have had the pleasure of hearing Realtionship Of Command by At The Drive In, then you will know that it is one THE great albums of recent years. But compared to this debut effort from hte Mars Volta, it is quite mediocre. This album is stunning and has not left my cd player for about half a year now. The best songs are "Televators", "Ciciatriz ESP", "Roulette Dares" and "Son Est Luminere". There is nothing to hate about this record and everything to love. It is a stunning masterpiece of musicianship and art. Possibly one of the top 10 albums of ALL time. This band will go a long long way.