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Posted by: Dave on February 8, 2008 at 1:45 pm

MarsVoltaBedlamSound: More of the same wicked and menacing wails, pummeling drums, spastic basslines, shredding guitars, terrifying sound manipulations and all-around relentless, noisy creepiness that you’ve come to expect from The Mars Volta. But The Bedlam In Goliath is actually their most conventional and manageable album yet. Yes, there’s still over 70 minutes of music and yes, the aggressive prog rock freakouts on here aren’t for the faint of heart, but these 12 tracks feel more like songs (often long songs) than anything else they’ve done. They occasionally groove funkier than ever before and sometimes channel classic Black Sabbath doomsday riffs, though they usually turn those stylistic choices into something more frenetic and disturbing.
Heavy Rotation tracks: “Goliath” (Top 20 Songs of 2008 Candidate)
Medium Rotation tracks: “Wax Simulacra”; “Aberinkula”; “Cavalettas”; “Ilyena”; “Agadez”
Recommended: If you’ve been frustrated by The Mars Volta’s tendencies to launch into long, aimless sound experiments in the past, you’ll be happy to find that The Bedlam In Goliath is their most focused album by far. The tempo mellows from time to time, but for the most part, Bedlam is a furious barrage of mayhem and boundary-pushing experimentation. It’s not their best album, that would be Frances The Mute (my #7 album of 2005) but it is their second best.
Grade: B+

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