Label: Universal Records - UICY-25193 • Series: My Generation, My Music - Back To The Rock Years 2003-2011 • Format: CD Album, Reissue SHM-CD • Country: Japan • Genre: Electronic, Rock • Style: Alternative Rock, Prog Rock
Produced by guitarist and songwriter Omar Nightlife (Instrumental) - MED* Aka Medaphoar - Get Backthe album incorporates dubambientLatin and jazz influences, and is the first to feature bassist Juan Alderete and percussionist Marcel Rodriguez-Lopez.
Frances the Mute album made multiple "Best of" lists at the end of Jeremy Wardaudio artist for The Mars Volta until his death, had previously worked as a repo man. One day, Ward discovered a diary in the backseat of a car he was repossessing, and began to note the similarities between his life and that of the author—most notably, that they had both been adopted.
The diary told of the author's search for his biological parents, with the way being pointed by a collection of people, their names being the basis for each named track of Frances the Mute.
Two parts of "Cygnus The album was initially to be titled Sarcophagus. Rather than bring his ideas to the band as a whole and working them out at group rehearsals, he met individually with each player to practice each part one-on-one. It's easy to play something fast and loud, but to play it soft and slow takes a certain amount of discipline. Then once we understand the part, everyone's free to elaborate—their personalities come out and it's not my part anymore; they get into and give it that swing that I can't give it.
Drummer Jon Theodore was the first to record his parts, Y Sêr Ar Fynwes Y Ffurfafen Fad - Dr Joseph Parry* - Blodwen he spent time arranging and mapping out the songs with Omar and in the process figuring out what the rhythmic structures would be stated on the recording process.
Normally I would go into the situation with as good an idea as I could, whether that was from performing the songs on tour or having a general road map. But this was the first instance where I considered every single hit all the way through, every figure Forgotten Reflection - Enamored - A Weapon For War to and including every change.
There were no question marks. So when I was tracking with the metronome it was just a question of right or wrong. Tracking this way had a mixed reception in the band; Theodore and bassist Juan Alderete responded well to the individualistic approach while keyboard player Isaiah "Ikey" Owens didn't like it at all.
You find yourself working backwards. When you're in the studio 'what ifs' are your biggest enemy, so my general rule is, if it's something you can't live with—if a sentence begins with 'I can't' or 'I will not'—then we examine it.
But if it's 'maybe we should' or 'I think that' then it's like, hey man, full steam ahead. Not that there isn't a lot of refinement to what we do—obviously there is— but I consider it a balance of raw energy and refinement.
Pisacis (Phra-Men-Ma) - The Mars Volta - Frances The Mute the Mute featured the largest array of guest musicians on any Mars Volta album to date. InJuan Alderete noted that Frances the Mute is the studio album he is most proud of. Frances the Mute is comparable to The Mars Volta's release De-Loused in the Comatoriumwith its cryptic lyrics and highly layered instrumentalsalthough the progressive rock influence is stronger on Frances the Mute than it was on De-Loused in the Comatorium.
According to Rodriguez-Lopez, "Miranda Our Morricone -influence has always been there, but on "Miranda" we let it all out. The last song ["Non-Zero Possibility"] on the last At the Drive-In albumthe best thing we ever did by the way, had touches of spaghetti-western. The fifth and final song of the album, "Cassandra Gemini", clocking at 32 minutes and 32 seconds is to date the longest studio song released by The Mars Volta.
Rodriguez-Lopez said of the song: "Ever since I was a teenager, and had various listening experiences with the likes of King CrimsonJohn Coltraneand Miles Davis 's Bitches BrewI've always wanted to do something like "Cassandra". Something deformed and out of control.
Something enormous and violent, a whole album fitted into one composition. Something ruthless that no one can remain careless to. Regarding the album's lyrical content, vocalist Cedric Bixler-Zavala stated: . In Decembera full copy of Frances the Mute was leaked to the Internet from the vinyl version. The rip was of poor quality. Gold Standard Laboratories issued a statement decrying the Internet release for Pisacis (Phra-Men-Ma) - The Mars Volta - Frances The Mute subpar sound Pisacis (Phra-Men-Ma) - The Mars Volta - Frances The Mute and suggesting that fans should respect the band's request not to share the leaked Blue Monk - Fred Hersch + Bill Frisell - Songs We Know. Japanese version included a bonus DVD with three videos from the band's live performance at the Electric BallroomLondon in as well as an audio of non-album track "Frances the Mute".
Gold Standard Laboratories issued two vinyl versions of the album, a standard 3-LP set on black vinyl, and a limited-edition 4-LP set printed on glow-in-the-dark vinyl and packaged in a red plastic case;  the fourth disc was a bonus 12" featuring Pisacis (Phra-Men-Ma) - The Mars Volta - Frances The Mute the Mute" and a live acoustic version of "The Widow", recorded at The WilternLos Angeles on May 6, Frances The Mute sold overcopies within the first week of release, and debuted at number four on the Billboard Album Charts.
The album so far has a score of 75 out of from Metacritic based on "generally favorable reviews". So give up Do You Know Emperor Joe - 1982 PWV 13 - Werner Pirchner - EU qualms about how pretentious this is, and how overindulgent, because given the chance, you're in for a hell of a ride.
They fit the music and make Pisacis (Phra-Men-Ma) - The Mars Volta - Frances The Mute whole picture even more laughably and absurdly brilliant. Blender gave it four stars out of five and called it "a visceral, powerful muso's record, a nerve-jangling explosion in a drum clinic. Club also gave it The Antidote - Civil Disobedience - The Whole Nine Grams. positive review and said, "On the whole, the record sounds more like the blueprint for a stunning live show than like a viable document of a top-flight hard rock band.
Other reviews are average, mixed or negative: Uncut gave it a score of three stars out of five and said it "smells like another concept album, is far too long and so pretentious as to be farcial. Amazingly, it's also mighty entertaining. Unfortunately, 'Frances The Mute' is also awful. But until they rein in their astronomical pretension, they'll always look more important than they truly are. The album was initially slated to have six songs, however the title track "Frances the Mute" which was going to be the first song was left out due to time constraints.
The lyrics for the title track still appeared on the inside of the CD jewel case tray, while the song itself Father In Heaven - Various - Purple Box released on "The Widow" single. The ending of "Frances the Mute" reprises the album's bookend, "Sarcophagi" filtered through radio static. The finalized track listing had five tracks and was intended to be released as such on all formats.
Because of disputes with Universal Records"Cassandra Gemini" listed as "Cassandra Geminni" on most versions of the album [note 1] was arbitrarily split into eight tracks on the CD version, taking up tracks 5 through 12, since the band would otherwise only be paid an EP 's wages for a 5 track album.
The splits also were not done according to the song's actual five movements. On digital music stores such as Amazon. On vinyl, "Cassandra Gemini" was split between two sides, in the middle of "Faminepulse". Each side of vinyl save the final one ends with a locked grooverepeating either a sound effect or a bar of music endlessly until the needle is lifted. The end of the first side and the start of the third side also contain the bookends of "L'Via L'Viaquez"; these small portions are indexed separately from both "The Widow" and "Miranda".
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