Tuesday, July 04, 2006

Supermassive Extravagnza

There is one band I have wanted to see live from the first time I heard them and Muse's new album, 'Blackholes & Revelations' has just made that urge itch even more. If you're not familiar with the sounds of Teignmouths finest then I suggest you pick up 'Blackholes' now and be ready for some serious rock.

Imagine Thom Yorke at his most existential joining forces with Queen at their most operatic and you'd be about halfway to understanding the sound of Muse. Huge guitar solos full of feedback and distortion fight for attention with crashing piano interludes, all overlaid by the wailing voice of lead singer Matt Bellamy have characterised the bands previous three albums, most notably in the raw sound of 'Origins of Symmetry' and the slickly produced 'Absolution'.

So how does this latest offering compare?

The sound is still definitely Muse but it's obvious from the very first track, 'Take a Bow' that things have moved on. The whole thing starts off sounding like the soundtrack from a Sci-Fi movie, then 1min 39 secs in something unexpected happens when an Erasure-like bassline kicks in and away we go. Things stay unpredictable from thereon in. 'Assassin' is probably the closest you're going to get to the sound of 'Origins', with the other tracks getting more and more over-the-top, culminating in the gloriously silly 'Knights of Cydonia', a real 'Seven Seas of Rye' for the 21st Century.

'Blackholes & Revelations' is a fantastically extravagant Space/Rock/Opera/Epic that should please existing fans and will hopefully (with their new-found higher profile) introduce some new ones to the weird and wonderful world of Muse.

5 Comments:

Anonymous the letter b said...

"..Queen at their most operatic.."? "..Erasure-like bassline.."?? a rather good excuse to go to the records shop to check Muse out then.

ta for this tidbit, sparx!

6:16 am, July 05, 2006  
Blogger Darklord said...

Bought at lunchtime, listened to twice now (gotta love those site visits!)Loving the album, you're right Sparx, the same but different (if that makes sense?!)
and Dom Howard is still one of the best drummers around. Bring on the tour dates...

2:29 pm, July 05, 2006  
Blogger weenie said...

Hmmm...but HOW different is different? How good/bad is it compared to Origin of Symmetry? Not sure if I should get this new one or not...

9:51 pm, July 06, 2006  
Blogger sparx said...

Get it! It is VERY GOOD. Origins is one of my all time fave albums and this one does compare favourably. I'm not saying it's as good but for me it's certainly comparable with Absolution and better than Showbiz.

As for how different. It's a bigger step from Absolution than that was from Origins.

10:17 am, July 07, 2006  
Anonymous MUSE fan said...

These guys rocked since day one. I have a feeling they have lots of energy left for years to come. An excellent concert would be with Mars Volta - now that would be quite a show.

10:38 am, July 20, 2006  

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