Fricke's Picks: Bonus Mars Volta


Weirdly arriving just before a new Mars Volta album, Cryptomnesia (Rodriguez Lopez Productions) is nominally a side project by the band's guitarist-composer. But El Grupo Nuevo de Omar Rodriguez Lopez are really a five-piece Volta, including singer-lyricist Cedric Bixler Zavala, pressing their precise fusion of rhythmic hysteria, Rodriguez Lopez's circular-riff assault and Bixler Zavala's bleating psychosis into something like pop-song length, like 2005's Frances the Mute in high-voltage microcosm.

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Rolling Stone senior writer David Fricke has more than 10,000 albums in his New York apartment. His first record review for the magazine was Frank Zappa's 'Sheik Yerbouti' (RS 290).

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