I figured this album would be a pure novelty gag but it turns out it's actually quite well done. Vitamin Records has released tons of these String Quartet Tribute albums for everyone from Good Charlotte and My Chemical Romance to Rush and Weezer. Most of them sound like horrible ideas, but with The Mars Volta their music is interesting enough to make it through the translation. Imagine their music as the soundtrack for a movie and you have an idea of what this is like. More listenable than Omar's own trippy A Manual Dexterity Soundtrack at any rate.
» Bonus Track: Cicatriz ESP
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