The Mars Volta - Frances The Mute album
Frances the Mute is the second studio album by American progressive rock band The Mars Volta released in February 2005 on Gold Standard Laboratories and Universal. Produced by guitarist and songwriter Omar Rodriguez-Lopez, the album incorporates dub, ambient, Latin and jazz influences, and is the first to feature bassist Juan Alderete and percussionist Marcel Rodriguez-Lopez
Frances the Mute is the second studio album by American progressive rock band The Mars Volta released on March 1, 2005 on Gold Standard Laboratories and Universal. Produced by guitarist and songwriter Omar Rodriguez-Lopez, the album incorporates dub, ambient, Latin and jazz influences, and is the first to feature bassist Juan Alderete and percussionist Marcel Rodriguez-Lopez. The album also includes contributions from future saxophonist Adrián Terrazas-González, who joined the band during its subsequent tour. Frances the Mute Q&A.
With their second album, The Mars Volta prove that in prog rock, more is more. But Frances isn't overstuffed. Vismund Cygnus" becomes a speedy, lysergic blast of Latin jazz. L'Via L'Viaquez" flits between earthquaking blues rock and eerie salsa.
But deloused is a perfect album, start to finish.
They really wanted to do six acts and started the album with "Frances the Mute" but it would have made it a double CD, of which Universal disapproved. The lyrics to "Frances the Mute" appears in the CD tray and the actual song was released as a UK CD and US vinyl single). On the back of the CD is an outline of each character's song.
Other portions of Frances the Mute are murky and distant, like field recordings from the ocean floor, while still others shift drastically between brittle acoustics and a stuttering, guitar-led volatility that threatens to crack open the earth. Its constant shifts mean the record is claustrophobic and even dizzying; it demands perseverance. But it's great when a blast of a trumpet cuts through a gloomy moment, and Bixler-Zavala's vocals are a thread to reality.
Frances the Mute was the first album of theirs I listened to. I didn't listen to anything by 'At The Drive-In' before it either, so I went in with literally ZERO context as to what this music was and what it was all about. If you're at all familiar with the band, then you're probably wondering how in the hell that went down, and yes, my relationship with this album has been complex and strange over the past two or so years
With no apologies, Frances the Mute- The Mars Volta's new 77-minute, five-track, gratuitously subdivided, and feebly narrated album- is for him. Call it what you will, but be sure to have finished your homework before tackling this gnarled swamp thing. I'm reluctant to say Bixler-Zavala and Rodriguez-Lopez have become better musicians in the two years since De-Loused was released. Any possible strides in technical proficiency are showcased in brazenly rs pandering.
This is The Mars Volta at their most explorative and imaginative! I hear talk of self-indulgence and it's absolutely absurd. Their album "Bedlam in Goliath" is a clear example of over-indulgence. They could've done something incredible and instead we have endless sitar playing with nothing interesting to look forward to after it.
|CD-1||Cygnus.... Vismund Cygnus||13:02|
|CD-1c||Facilis Descenus Averni|
|CD-3||L' Via L' Viaquez||12:21|
|CD-4||Miranda That Ghost Just Isn't Holy Anymore||13:09|
|CD-4b||Pour Another Icepick|
|DVD-1||Drunkenship Of Lanterns (Live)|
|DVD-2||Cicatriz Esp (Live)|
|DVD-4||Frances The Mute (Audio)|
- Licensed To – Universal Records
- Marketed By – Universal Music K.K.
- Distributed By – Universal Music K.K.
- A&R – Gary Gersh
- Arranged By [Strings And Horns], Conductor [Strings And Horns] – David Campbell
- Bass Trombone – Bill Reichenbach , The Coqui Of Puerto Rico
- Cello – Larry Corbett, Suzie Katayama
- Conductor [Strings & Horns] – David Campbell
- Cover – Bill Thorgerson, Dan Abbott , Peter Curzon, Thorgerson*, Storm*
- Engineer – Andrew Scheps, David Schiffman, Jon Debaun, Omar A Rodriguez-Lopez*
- Engineer [Assistant] – Claudius Mittendorfer, Paul Pilsneniks
- Flute, Tenor Saxophone – Adrian Terrazas (tracks: 8 to 12)
- Guitar – John Frusciante (tracks: 3)
- Management – sam*
- Mastered By – Howie Weinberg
- Mastered By [Assistant] – Roger Lian
- Mixed By – Rich Costey
- Music By, Directed By – Omar A Rodriguez-Lopez*
- Percussion – Lenny Castro
- Performer [On This Record The Mars Volta Is:] – Cedric Bixler Zavala*, Ikey Isaiah Owens*, Jon Theodore, Juan Alderte De La Peña*, Marcel Rodriguez-Lopez, Omar A Rodriguez-Lopez*
- Photography By – Peter Curzon, Rupert Truman, Storm Thorgerson
- Piano – Roger Joseph Manning Jr.
- Piano, Clavinet – Larry Harlow (tracks: 3, 8 to 12)
- Producer – Omar A Rodriguez-Lopez*
- Trombone – Nicholas Lane*
- Trumpet – Flea (tracks: 2, 4 to 7), Salvador "Chava" Hernandez, Wayne Bergeron
- Tuba – Randy Jones
- Violin – Diego Casillas, Erick Hernandez, Ernesto Molina, Fernando Moreno, Joel Derouin, Josefina Vergara, Mario DeLeon, Peter Kent , Roberto Cani
- Vocals, Lyrics By – Cedric Bixler Zavala*
- Written-By [Strings And Horns] – David Campbell, Omar A Rodriguez-Lopez*
NotesThe CD packaging specifies the fifth track name as Cassandra Geminni. However, the artist website and the vinyl release of this album specify its name as Cassandra 'Gemini'. The movements of this track are Tarantism / Plant a Nail in the Navel Stream / Faminepulse / Multiple Spouse Wounds / Sarcophagi, listed here as they do not align with the track splits (5-12).
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Mixed at Avatar Studios in New York City.
Mastered at Masterdisk.
Barcode and Other Identifiers
- Barcode (Text): 4 988005 383174
- Barcode (Scanned): 4988005383174
- Matrix / Runout (CD): UICX-1088 1Y V
- Mastering SID Code (CD): IFPI L244
- Mould SID Code (CD): IFPI 4011
- Matrix / Runout (DVD): UIBX-1065-0-1 1P 11
- Mastering SID Code (DVD): IFPI L234
- Mould SID Code (DVD): IFPI 40D0
- Rights Society: JASRAC
|B0004129-02||The Mars Volta||Frances The Mute (CD, Album)||Universal Records, Strummer Recordings, Gold Standard Laboratories||B0004129-02||US||2005|
|075021039773||The Mars Volta||Frances The Mute (CD, Album)||Gold Standard Laboratories, Strummer Recordings, Universal Records||075021039773||Brazil||2005|
|UICU-9009||The Mars Volta||Frances The Mute (CD, Album + DVD-V, NTSC)||Gold Standard Laboratories, Universal Records||UICU-9009||Japan||2005|
|B000412902||The Mars Volta||Frances The Mute (CD, Album)||Gold Standard Laboratories, Strummer Recordings, Universal Records||B000412902||Canada||2005|
|075021039773||The Mars Volta||Frances The Mute (CD, Album)||Gold Standard Laboratories, Strummer Recordings, Universal Records||075021039773||Europe||2005|