ALARM’s 50 Favorite Albums of 2012

The Mars Volta: Noctourniquet (Warner Bros., 3/27/12)

“The Malkin Jewel”

As the final Mars Volta album to be written exclusively by Omar Rodriguez-Lopez, Noctourniquet is far from a throwaway “last fling.” In fact, it’s an engaging dose of “future punk,” ditching prog freak-outs for quirky electronics and emphatic synth riffs.

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