I was very nervous, when entering this much " talked about" (back then) album....Mars Volta, the as this kind of music "normally" do not find kind words by me!! But...HEY I was surprised and that in a big way "Son et Lumiere" starts this rather special album..with power and brilliance...I was actually knocked down by its sheer voluminous power!! Dear reader...i dare you to...tell me..ANY... band that sounds remarkably like this!!?? I am totally blown away... by its sheer exuberance and their expertly handling of music in a totally different way from that of the ordinairy prog society!! Yes I know big words big time but hey this is (Prog) music like you´ve NEVER heard before!!! The story in this extremely well told (musically and lyrically) is about a guy who´s in a coma dreaming strange things, waking up, taking his....well...do yourself a favour buy the damn thing, this is a story that you dont hear every day!! That goes for the music too, if you find a GEM...keep it!!! I am absolutely astounded by this album, which I give 4 stars of course!!!! .. and while I am at it a reader recently stated that there were far too many 4 and 5 star reviews in here, but hey, it is a free forum and as such...I think, that it is still is up to every man (ear/eye) woman to phrase/rate, what he/she thinks and by way of the rating system guide us through their thoughts, some might give 5 stars others give 2 on the same outing!! The 5 to zero rating system is quite adequate.....after all, we are only human, well some of us !!