Frances the Mute

Release date
1 Mar 2005
Running length
5 tracks
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About this album

Frances the Mute is the second studio album by progressive rock band The Mars Volta released in the US on March 1, 2005. The album’s lyrics often jump from Spanish to English. Though not as commercially successful as De-loused in the Comatorium, it received considerable critical praise. The album displays a deep jazz influence while infusing Latin flavor into many songs while utilising many of the Dub, Ambient and Electronica influences and techniques experimented with in De Facto and Omar Rodriguez-Lopez’s solo project in order to create one cohesive composition divided into many tracks. Originally to be titled Sarcophagus, Frances the Mute sold 123,000 copies in its opening week and has sold 465,000 copies as of September 2006. The album made multiple “Best of” lists at the end of 2005. In the Q & Mojo Classic Special Edition Pink Floyd & The Story of Prog Rock, the album came #18 in its list of “40 Cosmic Rock Albums” and the album was named as one of Classic Rock‘s 10 essential progressive rock albums of the decade.

Jeremy Ward, audio artist for The Mars Volta until his death, had previously worked as a repo man. One day, Ward discovered a diary in the backseat of a car he was repossessing, and began to note the similarities between his life and that of the author — most notably, that they had both been adopted. The diary told of the author’s search for his biological parents, with the way being pointed by a collection of people, their names being the basis for each named track of Frances the Mute. Ward was in the process of completing it at the time of his death.

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  • sat_ustratoga

    One of those albums you just can't stop listening from beginning to end. This shit introduced me to TMV and will remain one of my all time favourites :)

    26 Nov 2014 Reply
  • yearssomuch

    This will forever remain one of my favorite albums of all time. The way every track flows directly into one another here is fantastic. Start this shit from the beginning and ride it out all the way to the very last second to truly appreciate this gem.

    28 Oct 2014 Reply
  • Dee_Pedro

    A movie based on this album would be great! [2] Only the TMV could produce an album whose film adaptation was more terrifying (in a good way) that the "The Wall" of Pink Floyd.

    8 Sep 2014 Reply
  • Arthur_Dent_42 Database about the dynamic range of thousands of albums. Who's fallen casualty to and who survived the so called Loudness War? Find out for yourself. ;) Some brilliant and essential educational stuff on that for every musiclover important topic: and

    10 Dec 2013 Reply
  • theytsejamer

    Masterdisc! Timeless classic!

    23 Nov 2013 Reply
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    10 Nov 2013 Reply
  • OcellatedGod

    I just found the 1000+ word review of this album that I wrote in 10th grade. So cute.

    27 Oct 2013 Reply
  • Andre_L-

    A movie based on this album would be great!

    5 Sep 2013 Reply
  • enushk

    Lol, lastfm's page about this needs a review...probably is the most accurate page about an album (and what an album!)

    2 Sep 2013 Reply
  • OblivionJustice

    Must accurate album page yet.

    21 Aug 2013 Reply
  • Wegotlemons

    @MadAzAHatter Well I guess its because the genius of this album is so unquestionable, it doesn't need to be said? The tracklisting however is very confusing :L

    9 Aug 2013 Reply
  • MadAzAHatter

    it really is a shame that such a great work of artistic genius is discussed more for the track listings than for the magnificent creation that Omar and Cedric gave us....

    7 Aug 2013 Reply
  • Wegotlemons

    weird my album said that the first three parts of Cassandra Gemini were parts B, C and D of Miranda that ghost isnt holy anymore... now that i realise they aren't it seems obvious

    7 Aug 2013 Reply
  • TylerSymes

    @bobhasashotgun It's not due to that but the fact that they would only be paid the amount of money a EP would have got if they didn't do that.

    5 Aug 2013 Reply
  • fank19

    2/10 in Pitchfork = Great compliment.

    16 Jul 2013 Reply
  • fank19

    Cassandra reminds me of Bitches Brew.

    16 Jul 2013 Reply
  • eljasmy

    this album is the best thing that's ever happened to my life

    12 Jul 2013 Reply
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    9 Jul 2013 Reply
  • ronmanager

    bobhasashotgun: totally incorrect. Many long tracks were available via iTunes as 'album only' (i.e. you have to buy the album to get it, can't buy individually). 'Cassandra' was one such, and was available as a single 32.32 track. The reason it was broken up for the CD was to fulfill a contractual obligation to provide an album of at least so many tracks. 5 tracks only qualified as an EP; they would have been paid accordingly.

    19 Apr 2013 Reply
  • Bequeathed

    one of the best albums of all time.

    8 Mar 2013 Reply
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