The Mars Volta is by far the most bizarre and insane musical experience of the past 20 years. It is also one of the most talented and innovative bands of the past 20 years ... for some. The Mars Volta is an acquired taste, but once you have it, it can be one of the greatest experiences ever. It stands to reason, then, that The Mars Volta’s live show would be in the same vein.
“Scabdates” is The Mars Volta’s first live album and does its best to give someone who has never heard the band’s live show an idea of what it is like. The 73-minute album is pretty good but the fact that it is broken into 12 tracks somewhat disrupts the flow since a Mars Volta concert is continuous. The decision to divide the album into 12 sections may alienate some hardcore fans but it does make the album more accessible to casual listeners and newcomers.
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