Rioteers Review

RR08 The Mars Volta – Frances The Mute

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On this week’s Rioteers Review, the boys debate the relative merits and imperfections of the second album from El Paso progressive rock, dub, ambient, Latin, jazz-mashers The Mars Volta, 2005’s incredible Frances The Mute. Steve and Remfry discuss how such a complex, sprawling opus came to be just 20 months after the release of The Mars Volta’s first full-length album De-Loused in the Commatorium and the Miles Davis-inspired methods with which guitarist Omar Rodriguez Lopez went to create such a rich, beguiling sonic tapestry. They discuss where it sits in The Mars Volta pantheon and the mixed critical response that the album received at the time of its release.

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