Hard to believe it’s only been 6 years since this The Mars Volta released this record. They have been making timeless music from the gate. We can cite with conviction that At The Drive In’s – “One-Armed Scissor” un-consciously helped paved the emo-revolt- but that was just not their scene- they wanted more, and the result was and a whole new sound & vision – dangerous, immediate and dynamic- just like rock and roll should be. Once again reading the liner notes- Rick Rubin- this dude has had a hand in so many great records the last 20 years. Amazing. Of curious note – El Paso, Texas – same town where Sir Lord Von Raven hails from- must have been something in the tamales – cuz both these bands delivered some fucked up – true soul rock and roll. One inspired by ELP progressive, the other doo-wop Ronson – glam.