Noctourniquet (2012) Prog-rock has always had a coolness problem. For every killer lick like Rush's "Tom Sawyer," there are countless bits of solo wankery and unnecessary rhythmic… 2012-03-27 The Mars Volta Rock Warner Bros.
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Noctourniquet (2012)

SOUNDS OF MARS Even though they meld a bit of pop into their rock sound, The Mars Volta still delivers rough rhythms into their signature…
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SOUNDS OF MARS Even though they meld a bit of pop into their rock sound, The Mars Volta still delivers rough rhythms into their signature style
EW's GRADE
B+

Details Release Date: Mar 27, 2012; Lead Performance: The Mars Volta; Genre: Rock; Production: Warner Bros.

Prog-rock has always had a coolness problem. For every killer lick like Rush's ''Tom Sawyer,'' there are countless bits of solo wankery and unnecessary rhythmic shifts. The Mars Volta recognize this, which is why 2009's Octahedron found them sanding down some of their rougher edges in favor of smoother songcraft. Their newest includes surprisingly sweet harmonies (''Lapochka'') and dynamic choruses (''Dyslexicon''). But that's not to say they've gone pop — Noctourniquet still packs enough sonic buzz saws to liquefy an ox. B+

Best Tracks:
Trippy In Absentia
Surging Dyslexicon
Originally posted Mar 28, 2012 Published in issue #1201 Apr 06, 2012 Order article reprints