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A Story Teeth Rotted For

I found the album rewarding. Sort of like "Manual Dexterity", and sort of like "Calibration." It carries all sorts of moods, and Omar uses all sorts of soundscapes and effects to convey these. At its worst moments, it takes some patience not to fast-forward a section of a song. At its best(my favorite track is A Story Teeth Rotted For), Omar digs deep. Into... something. Something that I think anyone would at the very least find very meaningful, provacative, and real.

A Prelude To The Mars Volta

This is were it all started. After the demise of At The Drive-In, Omar continued to make music, and during 2001, this is what he came up with. Completely instrumental, this brings out Omar's "creative" side, and those who've heard albums like Frances The Mute and Deloused In The Commatorium will know how experimental Omar can get.With AMTHGF and Minor Cuts and Scrapes in the Bushes Ahead, Omar lets you hear what happened in 2001 before The Mars Volta. Any Mars Volta fan will love Omar's solo albums, especially this. Now, if only iTunes had the rest of his stuff. Old Money, anyone?

Average record from a brilliant and timeless musician...

"Absence Makes The Heart Grow Fungus" is one of many new records from The Mars Volta's mastermind, Omar Rodriguez-Lopez. Though "Absence" was just released, it was recorded in 2001 after the necessary break-up of At The Drive-In. "Absence" is most certainly one of Omar's more experimental releases. There aren't too many standout tracks on this release, but you won't be disappointed. My personal favorite is "Sex, Consolation for Misery," which cleverly melds Omar's familiarity of Latin music with his intense electronic experimental work. Other tracks that are worthwile include "Hands Tied to the Roots of a Hemorrage," which is undoubtedly the most accesible track on the record, and somewhat reminiscent of At The Drive-In's "Vaya" period. "A Story Teeth Rotted For" is an enticing track that resembles, or rather precedes, great tracks of the guitarist's like "Una Ced Lacerante" or "Thermometer Drinking The Bussness Of Turnstiles." Overall however, the record is generally a post-ATD-I experiment that doesn't resemble Omar's brilliance as a musician or as a guitarist, but rather his experimentation with electronics and sound effects. Do note that this record was recorded during Omar's "drug-abusing period." In conclusion, "Absence Makes The Heart Grow Fungus" falls somewhere between "Minor Cuts And Scrapes In The Bushes Ahead" and "A Manual Dexterity: Volume One." Average or not, it's a must-have for any Mars Volta fan's collection.


Born: 1975 in Bayamón, Puerto Rico

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Ultra-prolific composer, guitarist, and producer Omar Rodriguez-Lopez was born in Bayamón, Puerto Rico, in 1975. He spent his formative years in South Carolina and El Paso, Texas, setting up camp in the latter and forming the hardcore band Startled Calf at the age of 15. He joined post-hardcore outfit At the Drive-In in 1993, a gig that lasted until the band broke up at the peak of its popularity in 2001. Rodriguez-Lopez formed the Mars Volta the following year, as well as an instrumental side project...
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