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Omar Rodriguez Lopez is best known as the co-leader and guitarist for Mars Volta, but the Puerto Rican native has also released a number of solo recordings. In many ways 2009’s Old Money sounds like a Mars Volta album minus Cedric Bixler Zavala’s vocals, so expect supercharged, complexly arranged, and occasionally Latin-tinged prog rock. (Bixler Zavala plays drums on one track and various Mars Volta members make contributions.) “The Power of Myth” sports Spanish-flavored guitar riffage and prickly synth; the track’s dense, aggressive soundscape recalls Red-period King Crimsom. By contrast, “How to Bill the Bilderberg Group,” with its dubby groove and psych flavor, is spacey rather than hard-hitting. “Trilateral Commission As Dinner Guests” is probably Old Money’s most out track, a jammy affair topped by Adrian Terrazas Gonzalez’s edgy sax. Latin percussion marks “Private Fortunes,” which is the album’s mellowest cut; still, Rodriguez Lopez unleashes a wailing solo that is anything but laid back. Old Money closes with the title cut which turns into a straight-ahead mid-tempo rocker.

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Old Money Is Not Old News!

This album is a very fresh spin on Omar's previous releases. He manages to really pull some unique sounds and solid grooves. Basically if you like any of his other albums this is another buy. If you have never purchased one of his albums start with this one, it gives a very good idea of what Omar musically producing. Kudos to Omar and all he works with. Another solid release.


Nice! I'm the first person to get to review this album! This album is wonderful. There seems to be a really heavy focus on his guitar-playing which was lacking from some of the previous ones. It's pretty beautiful stuff.... not as synth heavy as some other albums (absence makes the heart grow fungus), but it's still there for some cool effects. It's probably a little early to say, but I'd say this is my favorite one of his solo albums thus far. Buy it. You won't be unhappy. Long-live Omar : )

Just let him blow your mind...

what else would you expect from the master himself. This is a wonderfully intricate album. Any fan of At the Drive-in, Mars Volta, or Omar himself will love this album. If I may suggest, please start with Vipers In The Bosom straight to the next track...prepare for the mind blowing! Much love Omar...


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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