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Black Holes and Revelations

Muse

2006

Black Holes and Revelations

Album Summary

Black Holes and Revelations is the fourth studio album by the English rock band Muse. It was released on 3 July 2006 through Muse's Helium-3 imprint and Warner Bros. Records. Muse recorded Black Holes and Revelations over four months in New York and southern France with producer Rich Costey. It saw a change in style for Muse, with influences including Depeche Mode, Millionaire, Lightning Bolt, Sly and the Family Stone, and music from southern Italy. Like their previous albums, it features political and dystopian undertones, with lyrics covering topics such as political corruption, alien invasion, revolution and New World Order conspiracies, as well as more conventional love songs. Black Holes and Revelations received positive reviews and appeared on many year-end lists. It received a Mercury Prize nomination and later appeared in the 2007 version of 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die. The album entered the charts at number one in five countries, including the United Kingdom, and in the top 10 in several other countries. It was later certified triple platinum in the UK and platinum in the US. Singles "Supermassive Black Hole" and "Knights of Cydonia" were both UK top-10 hits, while "Starlight", "Map of the Problematique", and "Invincible" all charted within the top 25. As of 2018, Black Holes and Revelations has sold over 4.5 million copies worldwide, making it the band's second most successful album behind The Resistance.

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Rating

3.51

Votes

3628

Genres

  • Rock
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Muse have always struck me as the kind of band who dye their pubes in place of a personality. I've just dyed my pubes red and it looks like I've murdered an octopus in the bath. The music sounds like one of the non-Chris Martin ones in Coldplay had a wild weekend listening to Radiohead and tried to pass it off as an original idea. The result is terminal ear cancer.

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I've never liked Muse. Too polished for me. It's okay, but it's rock for an IT consultant with a tribal tattoo under his shirt. Not remotely cool.

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fairly unbearable this. its just so synthetic and soulless and those singles have been played to fucking death. 16 year old me copied origin of symetry onto a minidisc and loved listening to it on the bus to school so much that he went to see muse at the apollo. he put blue hair gel in because he was wacky and totally different. that sums up what muse is for. wacky 16 year olds with blue hair gel.

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5

This album has been removed from the latest editions of the book. Enjoyed it a lot still. I used to not care about Muse much, feels quite strange I’m about to rate it 5*! 4.5/5

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5

Muse’s BLACK HOLES AND REVELATIONS is an epic space rock album that plays like a soundtrack for encountering of the wonders of the deep space. The songs are unapologetically grandiose - like audio versions of Hubble Space Telescope images. It feels like It was created in some cosmic forge involving Radiohead, Yes, U2, Queen and Nine Inch Nails. The music is wildly and perfectly overblown. The vocals are off the hook soaring effortlessly through the maelstrom. A phenomenal album!

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5

Spectacular! A flawless album of otherworldly themes, it eschews all the heavy-handed snide emo bullshit that was prevalent at the time. It was a massive breath of fresh air then and it still is now. You can hear and feel the rock stardom yet to come for Bellamy. I love this wholeheartedly.

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Muse was my first ever rock show. Muse was the first band I discovered on my own, and I recommended it to all my friends. I remember when I first heard "Darkshines" and went bizarre playing it, on repeat, showing it to everyone around. I still wonder why the metalhead girl who all the guys were into, for some reason, did not like its fuzz-driven riff... Well, whatever. The point is – Muse is a super important band to me that has largely introduced me to heavier music, and it's sad that 10+ years after I heard this album for the first time, I don't like it as much as I used to. Is it because this album foreshadowed what Muse was to become in a decade? Probably, and that's key to my relationship with the band: Muse music (sorry for the awful wordplay) appeals to teenage angst and frustration and high hopes I experienced on par with all the other 14-year olds who did not get the lyrics, but in retrospect, the songs appear... Pretty stupid? Naive? Overly pompous? Well, probably everything together, and I don't want to listen to it anymore. Sorry, Muse. Don't get me wrong, I'm still super grateful to Muse. I enjoy (my memories of) the cyber-machinegun fuzz-n-whammy guitar riffs, distorted basslines, insanely produced vocals, guitar-keyboard lines... You name it. Unfortunately, for me, this is the last great Muse album, and that's what makes it more bitter than sweet.

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Deranged man records album at bottom of well

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No mamen no voy a oír esta mierda.

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Rubbish. Couldn’t give it 0

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5

One of the biggest sounding albums ever

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5

Big sounds on this one. I particularly enjoy sexy vamp baseball.

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5

Great

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5

I was a bit taken by surprise by this one. Singing "You will burn in hell" to a Philip-Glass-sounding synthesizer caused me to short circuit. The more I listened, the more I got it. It's pretty operatic. I love all the amazing sounds on this album. I also realized that I bought Muse's song "Uprising" some years ago and have always been a fan of it without really hearing that those lyrics are also pretty over-the-top.

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5

Give me Matt Belemey desperate vocals and I'm just gone. It is _possible_ the lyrics aren't quite as deep as 14 year old me thought they were, but sonically just so dramatic and in tune with the lyrical styling, and so much fun. Sure muse have a formula, but it's the formula for me.

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5

Fantastic album! Chalk full of hits, the B-sides are great.

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5

Definitely a top played album on my iPod back in the day. Still holds up, a fantastic album

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5

A very important album in my history. I think Supermassive Black Hole was a turning point in music for me. I realized that sexy pop songs are cool.

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5

Una maravilla

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5

Fantasticly done

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5

A great albums. I’ve never heard any of their music until now. Really enjoyed it

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5

Hef notað nokkur lög af þessari í líkamsræktarplaylista. Gæðarokk frá þeim tíma hljómsveitar þegar hún er búin að finna sinn hljóm og er enn fersk, frumleg og með fullt af hugmyndum sem þurfa ekki mikla pródúksjón til að virka.

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5

superb

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5

Great album which started my love for Muse. 5

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5

It's like fake grass. SILVER fake grass, just like the grass in planet K-69420. It feels artificial. But it's undeniably fun to play on once in a while.

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5

Bro fuck my girl for not showing me this whole album. I played guitar hero and was like what is this pretentious shit w cydonia but damn this some flame. Perfect w some aot

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5

Muse is a great band, and their conspiracy theory vibes are bit harder to stand in this day and age, but this album is absolutely fantastic. Knights of Cydonia is an all-time great tune. Starlight, Map of the Problematique, Assassin, and Supermassive Black Hole are all top tier songs.

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5

The last truly amazing Muse album. Knights of Cydonia is a GOAT stadium anthem. Starlight hasn't aged very well for me but apart from that this still holds up extremely well. Map of the Problematique is a severely underrated Muse track.

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5

I don't like everything Muse has done, but I really like this album. There's such a cool mix of fun theatric songs mixed with more "serious" rock songs, often going back and forth in the same track. Just about every song has many nuanced layers; it's a real listener's album as Gina Gleason likes to say.

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5

Extraordinary album, from Take a bow to Glorious. I got to know Muse for The Resistance. Nowadays, I dont which one is my favourite. The artistic concepts generated by Bellamy's band are perfectly executed in this album.

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5

IJzersterk album dat al heel lang 1 van favorieten is. Qua lyrics heel goed, en zowel piano, gitaar, bas en drums komen afwisselend eens fantastisch tot hun recht

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5

i love muse, and i knew the headliners of this album starlight, supermassive blackhole and knights of cydonia but the other songs are also great, special mention of map of the problematique. Only critique is that since hearing the live version of knights i cannot hear that one anymore without the once upon a time in the west intro

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5

Love this album. The synth/electronic/rock works really well in my opinion. Also really enjoy the heavy basslines throughout the album. "Starlight" and "Knights of Cydonia" were my favourite tracks.

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5

nice muse

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5

I was obsessed with this album as a teenager. Still slaps. Still remember the lyrics haha

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5

This album was fantastically epic. Perfect soundtrack to the world ending. Knights of Cydonia bangs.

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5

Hell yes! So many hits and hard hitting album cuts like Assassin. Probably my favorite album of a band I really love. Knights of Cydonia is an all-timer! One of my favorite running songs ever...

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5

Gorgeous futuristic and nice lyrics

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5

I forgot how good this album was, really wish Muse could get back to this level one day. I have some minor issues with the 2nd half of the album, but the highs more than make up for it. Love the layers of guitar and synth that build up such a big sound.

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5

Beetje duister, electro-deuntjes, maar toch rock. Ik heb altijd een verkeerde indruk van Muse gehad (verward met Mumford and Sons). Dit is toch wel heel gave muziek. Leuk album ook met een paar heel goede nummers. Mijn favorieten: Starlight, Supermassive Black Hole, Assassin en Knights of Cydonia. *****

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5

While Radiohead is still my male manipulator music of choice, this is a good entry into that genre. I still love supermassive black hole and knights of cydonia but the rest of the album also goes hard, especially the first two songs. Overall, right up my alley and it’s getting an objective 4 but subjective 5

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4

Muse sounds like the lovechild of Radiohead and Coldplay, and as insulting as that might sound, it actually works really well here. All of these songs are well written, well performed, well produced, and honestly make me think of Muse in a different light than I had previously. The biggest issue I have with the album is that there isn't a whole lot of personality throughout. Regardless, the songs are strong enough to largely ignore this fact and just groove/rock out. Favorite Tracks: "Starlight", "Supermassive Black Holes", "Invincible", "City of Delusion", "Knights of Cydonia", "Glorious"

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4

Take a Bow - sounds like an intro track Starlight - sounds like a really good actual first track; the production makes the introductory bass riff and sprawling synth lines hit like a ton of bricks. Matt Bellamy's emotion-heavy performance drives the lyrics of frayed-relationship issues home. Supermassive Black Hole - i like how the dark synths juxtapose with the cocky whining guitars and vocal performances. there's a lot of different sounds and ideas being toyed with that come together really well. Map of the Problematique - sports a catchy repetitive motif that's built upon with unique synths, guitar tones, and layering vocal lines. it feels more vibey than the other tracks without the engaging rhythmic and melodic switch-ups. Soldier's Poem - a stripped-back acoustic piece that isn't long enough to leave much of an impact, but the Beach Boys-esque harmonies are interesting Invincible - the track only gets interesting during the bridge, with warbling sound effects, wailing guitar lines, and that really cool bass line at the beginning of it; the rest of the song is an unimpressive slow burn. Assassin - the repetition-heavy nature of the song structures throughout the album start to lose their luster, even though this song still works. the opening lines don't grab as well as earlier tracks like "Starlight" but there's still enough aggression and space-rock inspired sounds to give the song the drive it needs. Exo-Politics - the track is punchy from the opening drum pattern, topped with haunting theremins and fuzzy, distorted guitars. City of Delusion - constantly morphing into different sonic palettes, with Spanish guitars and trumpets sprinkled into an epic piece. Hoodoo - I haven't been clicking with the more ballad-ish tracks so far, but this one works better than the previous. The crescendo near the middle of the track paired with meaningful lyrics creates a decent deep cut for the record. Knights of Cydonia - Goddamn, this one's good. It's such an epic way to finish the track list with so many interesting qualities, like the piercing acapella section and its overall sense of scope. Overall, I enjoyed this record a lot more than I thought I would. Most of the deep cuts don't hit as hard as the singles, but the space-rock/prog-rock/alternative-dance sounds sound great with the powerfully unique vocals and staggering musicianship. BEST TRACKS: Starlight, Supermassive Black Hole, City of Delusion, Knights of Cydonia WORST TRACKS: Invincible

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4

Muse claramente tem influências de Bach, isso ninguém pode negar ! Hahah

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4

A good album but not their best.

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4

I really like Muse. Seen them live twice, this is a really good album, love the singles, the rest of the songs are ok. I do prefer Absolution to this album, but as a muse fan I’d rate this 4 stars. Can see why it’s been removed from the newer editions of the book, as it’s not an album I’d be telling people who have never heard of muse to go listen to, but my own personal preference is I really like this.

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4

Thicc riffs

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4

Pretty great album overall. Not one I really loved but one I have big respect for. Very heavy at times and some of the song transitions were hard to spot. Throughout it's got some brilliant songs, with Knights of Cydonia being my favourite. Also enjoyed the singles Starlight, Supermassive Black Hole and the album cut Assassin.

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4

Epic and delightful. Haven't listened to this a while but I can see myself entering a Muse phase.

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4

Pretty good, some great tunes here. Some of the slower songs stopped this from being higher rated.

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4

I thought I didn’t like Muse. I think I was wrong. Their sound on the album varied a lot instrumentally which was cool

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4

Ambitious. Epic. Spacey yet firmly grounded. A fine listen.

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4

Surprisingly good. Highly enjoyable. He gets a little whiney sounding.

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4

I find it hard to separate this album from my previous experience of it - which is to say, it sounds like my adolescence. At least part or that has to do with the sheer bombast and somewhat overwrought quality of the lyrics. That's not necessarily a knock on the album, either. It's a lot of fun, musically a rock solid piece of work from a band that had just gone stratospheric, with a whole load of elements of a Western-tinged space opera. I was never a hardcore Muse fan, but this album is perhaps the one I've had most history with of the ones I've listened to so far, and it holds up perhaps better than I expected: it's loud, varied, and weird in all the right places. In Supermassive Black Holes, Map of the Problematique, Starlight and Knights of Cydonia, the album has a respectable clutch of hits (the latter of which is good enough to retain some charm even despite a million drunken Rock Band failures).There are lots of elements to commend lesser played tracks such as Assasin, too. As an album, however, it feels slightly disjointed. Some tracks seem like they'd have been a better fit on earlier albums, while others, like Knights of Cydonia, are fully committed to that particular Southwesten Alpha Centauri theme. It's almost as if they didn't quite have the confidence in their newfound star status to fully commit to their concept across the whole album. Every musical decision on the album seems specifically designed to up the drama, which, given the requisite amount of weirdness, is exactly how stadium rock ought to be done. However, the lyrics also naturally tend towards the overblown, and sometimes struggle to convey their sentiments without veering into theatrical insincerity. Connecting with some of the songs emotionally can feel like a performance in and of itself.

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4

Smells like teen spirit

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4

I love the dystopian themes of this album, along with the cinematic touches to multiple tracks. Teleported me back to a decade ago for sure.

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4

Legal, acho que o album mais famoso do Muse Melhores músicas: Starlight, Invincible e Knights Of Cydonia

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4

I see why some say it sounds like radiohead

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4

swear we’ve already had this

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4

Been meaning to listen to Muse for a while, did not disappoint.

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4

Peak Muse?

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4

Very good before going into madness

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4

I've often not known how to feel about Muse. At their best (whatever that means on a personal level) they seem a perfect modern mix of Queen and Radiohead with a metal-ish bent but with strong melodic tendencies. Then other times they turn me off with overblown production, overly-emotive vocals and just...too much. This album has always had a bit of both but I think overall it's a really good intro to whether someone's going to like them or not - i'll start with the annoying because there's less of that for me on this album: the only track I really dislike is "Assassin" - it's the too much/too dense/too loud all crystalized. Overall the album (and band) do suffer from a sameness and density that's occasionally tough to get through in long stretches for me. But at the same time the album is an interesting and rather diverse platter of weird and haunting melodies - you have a very accessible "Starlight" which has a very late80s new wave melodic sound to it in the verses...."Supermassive Black Hole" sounds a bit like a different band - took me a while to like that one with affected falsetto vocals but the thickythic riffs are pretty compelling. Speaking of riffs, "Map of the Problematique" is a pretty great one. "Exo-Politics" is a rather basic (for Muse) composition but a good straightforward rock song. Nice to finally hear a bit of dynamics (i.e. acoustic guitar) on the beginning of "City of Delusion" even if it (of course) launches into a much bigger song - albeit with different middle-eastern tonalities on this one (which carry into the next one "Hoodoo" - speaking of which...Jeff Buckley vocal influence on the beginning there...?). I can see why some would dislike this band for the same reasons others would love them: a larger-than life loud arena guitar rock band that utilizes a ton of electronic effects and overwrought vocals... it's not a band for everyone, but I'll take this over something like Lou Reed's* shit any day. 7/10 4 stars. *(yes it's a personal vendetta to crap on Lou Reed and his acolytes when/wherever possible even when there's absolutely no reason. Because he was a musical mockery and that's enough of a reason any day.)

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4

Not bad, lyrics are ominous, couple of tracks I enjoyed. Singer eerily similar to some of Thom Yorke’s rockier songs

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4

Hard to judge as it was played to death when it came out and they recieved a fair bit of criticism for being over the top and I seem to remember they were becoming unfashionable at the time this album came out. I prefer Origin of Symmetry but this album is good too. Despite heavy influence from Radiohead and Jeff Buckley Muse are still very much their own thing (no one ever talks about their Rachmaninov influence though!). This album is a good representation of their epic, stadiumy music. I don't mind the over the topness and I really enjoyed listening to "Starlight" and "Map of the Problematique" again.

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4

Not even close to Origin Of Symmetry

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4

Goddamn I love Matthew Bellamey's voice. His falsetto is so clean, I hate it! Starlight is great. Supermassive Black Hole is entertaining. Soldier's Poem is very Queen-esque. Knights of Cydonia is just so good. Gosh this album was such ear candy I can't help giving it a high ranking even if it doesn't converge on some grand ideal.

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4

This is where I start to fall off with Muse. This album is really great, but the pop elements start to outgrow their proggy britches here and it really begins to spoil the whip-smart arena prog niche they’ve carved for themselves. Still, Knights of Cydonia is a JAM. 3.5

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4

Really good writing and musicianship.

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4

Quite a good listen for me personally. Supermassive Black Hole will always be baseball from Twilight, but Starlight was one of my favorite songs growing up. Everything else was new to me. Melodically, it gets a little bit predictive, but nonetheless pleasant. I also really like the rock instrumentals going on.

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4

I enjoyed this. I didn't follow the band until The Resistance. Their music is a great blend of many things I like. This record is no exception.

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4

An album that unites rock and baroque pop. Some songs are also reminiscent of Prince, U2 and Hendrix. Beautiful. (8/10) FT: Knights Of Cydonia, Supermassive Black Hole, Soldiers Poem

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4

This is a band that I've long meant to get to know better, so I'm glad this album showed up today. This band scares the sh*t out of me. I mean that in a great way. Not scared as in I'm frightened of any danger; it's more akin to intimidation. And it's why I'm drawn to them. Their music, at least the few songs I've heard over the past few years when I first stumbled across them, can be complicated, layered, and tense. I love that. This is the first full album of theirs to which I've ever listened in its entirety. They can be a bit more straightforward at times than I had experienced previously, and I like the range it shows and the accessibility it provides. Masterful musicians, writers, and arrangers. Performances are incredible. I shall spend more time with them, I know.

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4

This and Origin of Symmetry are my favorite Muse albums. Too bad they get worse and worse with every album they put out. It's music that was probably made in a lab and if I were to sniff the album I would get glitter in my nose, but it's still really damn good. The best song on the album, also the best song of the entire Muse discography is without a doubt "Knights of Cydonia". Other great songs: "Starlight", "City of Delusion", "Glorious" and "Supermassive Black Hole".

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4

Best Song: Knights of Cydonia. Although there are many great tracks on this album, I have to give it to this one, largely because of how unique it is, and the intense feelings of nostalgia I have for it. Worst Song: Soldier's Poem. Amidst the epic, grandiose tracks that begin and end this album, this sleepy lullaby in the middle falls short. Overall: Muse somehow is able to create this epic and expansive sound that doesn't come off as cheesy or self-important. The vocals always carry this slightly ethereal wisp and the instrumentation feels both science fiction and fantasy. For reasons that I can't fully articulate, this music feels like hymns for the space age.

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4

Have not listened to Muse in years. This was better than I thought it would be. Will come back to it.

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4

yeah muse is kinda cool

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4

Estilo propio de Muse. Dos megahits. El resto se me ha hecho un poco de bola. Un 4.

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4

Amazing album. Great space rock.

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4

good album, not as good as absolution, but still solid. slightly more experimental

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4

Like a lost U2 album.

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4

A lot of people find Muse overrated and I get it. But this album holds a special place in my heart and takes me back to my 16 year old self. Man, I just want to go to space.

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4

Malgrat els seus primers discos solen estar millor valorats, aquí és on Muse va culminar artísticament el seu rock épic i grandiloqüent. Tot el que fa Muse de Muse és aquí, i aquí és on millor s'hi troba. 'Starlight', 'Invincible', Kinghts of Cydonia'... van contribuïr a fer d'ells una banda d'estadis a Europa, rol que s'acabaria de confirmar en el següent 'The Resistance'. I temes com 'Map of the Problematique' o 'Supermassive Black Hole' el confirmen com l'opera magna de la banda. Encara estava a anys vista la davallada increïble de qualitat que vindria a partir de 'The 2nd Law' (fins a 'Simulation Theory' com a mínim). Aquí encara eren imparables

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4

Already a fan of Muse but havn't listened to most of their albums fully. This album is pretty good.

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4

Solid album. Starts off with what would be a better last song but keeps the momentum going.

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4

Really solid album. Starlight is extremely catchy and fun. The slow crescendo throughout Invincible pays off in a thunderous climax and Knights of Cydonia is a great rock song with prog elements.

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4

really good, hadn't heard it before, but reminded me of shoegaze.

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4

Nice electro-rock sound. "Starlight" and "Supermassive Black Hole" are probably the most known songs. 8/10.

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4

Clear Queen influence

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4

I really enjoy this album. It is creative and a few of the songs are pretty mid 2000’s iconic. I think the muse get a bad wrap because their newer music is no where near their old stuff, and because of this people dislike this album. I can understand hating this album because you played Knights of Cydonia on guitar hero a couple thousand times but for me, Matt Bellamy’s voice is solid and I miss the old Muse 4/5

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3

decent.

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3

Disco divertido y pues una que otra canción es pegadora, tiene punch. Sólo no sé si suene avejentado acaso, en el sentido de que es muy de su momento, pero hoy ya suena un poco insustancial. 7/10

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3

The hits are still great.

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3

Anthemic and epic in scascale. Very Queen, if Queen had written a space western opera. The few times it slams the breaks really break up the flow. When it's going fast, it's killer. Favorite tracks: "Assassin", "Supermassive Black Hole", "Starlight"

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3

I definitely like Muse, but there is just something about them that feels lacking. In the moment I’m enjoying it, but it never seems to stick or satisfy. They are like musical empty calories.

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3

Conhecia e gostava. Música do basebol dos vampiros.

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3

What is it with the mid 2000s and bombast? Muse clearly think of themselves as ultra-important, and this album has all the nobs turned up to 11. The production on this album is superb, and Muse at least have the chops to not settle into the grim post-Britpop trough-of-nothing that Arcade Fire, Interpol and Elbow wallowed in. This album is overindulgent, self-important and actually not that bad. There's enough variety to keep your attention, and while the pomp and indulgence means that I'll not be playing it again, I'm not reaching for the skip button. 3 stars. If it was less balls out, it'd be far more appealing.

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3

gallops along like a spooked thoat

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3

Singalong Pomp for stadiums.

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3

classic

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3

Modern prog for modern stadia. Rocking, thumping, operatic and powerful. Music for spaceship engines.

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3

Wasn't sure what to expect here. I'd heard of Muse but wasn't sure who they were. Felt like sort of a cross between Radiohead, U2, and some grunge thrown in. I enjoyed it. 3 stars.

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3

Kinda good actually… surprised

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3

Quite alright. I can see myself liking it more with more listens as it has pretty distinct sound I'd need to get my ears more used to.

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3

Ostentatious opening! Starlight was dull at the time. Supermassive Black Hole sounds like Do Something by Britney Spears - this is a compliment! Map of the Problematique sounds like a Frankie Goes to Hollywood pastiche, but less fun than that sounds. Soldier's Poem is genuinely lovely, elements of Brian Wilson on there. Assassin is cool, melodic hard metal. Great fun. Invincible and Exo-Politics are a bit dull, and the conspiracies bits sit badly 15 odd years on, given the world we are now in! Knights of Cydonia is OTT fun. If Showbiz was a bit too derivative, and Origin of Symmetry was Muse finding their voice through spectacular bombast, this is where they maybe lean into it a bit too much. It has some great highs, but you can't have dessert for every meal.

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3

A good album. I’d listen to a couple of songs more than once.

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It's got some of the biggest hits, and for the most part it's pretty solid alternative prog rock.

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Neither here nor there. Rather varied although there are some strong elements. The singer is not particularly strong but it does sometimes work. more often being almost mixed out.

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I didn't know any of these Muse tracks, although I do know a few of their singles from other albums. For me, I think this is a group I prefer in smaller doses as the album kind of lost my interest from time to time. It is rockin' and in that progressive- or alt-rock kind of way which maybe just isn't exactly my thing most days.

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Kolejny bardzo wyspiarski piczek, bo Muse z jedynym albumem jaki od nich kojarze, wiec black holes and revelations z 2k06, muzyka popularno rokowa, ale w ciekawym kosmicznym klimacie, ktory tworzony jest przez synthy i elektryczne instrumenty, no i wykorzystanie modyfikowanych wokali rowniez ma w tym swoja zasluge, sama banda ma trzech czlonkow, gdzie mozgiem zespolu jest Matthew Bellamy, ktory jest spiewajacym frontmenem z gitara i tworca tekstow tego krazka, Dominic Howard gra na drumsach i perkusji, ostatnim czlonkiem jest Christopher Wolstenholme na basach, przewija sie rowniez kilku muzykow studyjnyuch dodajacych takich smaczkow jak trumpety czy skrzypkowe wiolonczele, gdyby wlasnie nie te male dodatki, to pewnie bym residentowalsliperowal podczas odsluchu, ale blendy syntha i klasycznych instrumentali przywodzace na mysl depeche mode w polaczeniu z galaktycznie epickimi motywami lirycznymi bronia krazka, takimi hajlajtowymi momentami byl dla mnie w pierwszej czesci plyty supermasive black hole, a w drugiej zamykajacy plyte knights of cydonia, ktory z czyms mi sie kojarzy, ale nie jestem w stanie skojarzyc z czym, moze to samo video tak mocno utkwilo mi w pamieci z czasow mtv, bo ponad 6 minut traka jest przepelnione referencjami, glownie filmowymi, przede wszystkim gwiezdnowojennymi, ale nie brakuje rowniez poczciwych biblijnych smaczkow, oba kawalki sa dobre na swoj sposob, bo pierwszy jest typowym dencingowym rokowym kawalkiem lirycznie opowiadajacym o milosci do zlej kobiety, wiec bardzo latwy i popularny temat, wiec nie dziwne ze jest to najbardziej klikany utwor na spotifaju w dyskgorafii bandy, a z drugiej strony mamy kosmiczna mini operetke, ktora jest przepelniona stopniowo narastajacym brzmieniem, ktore swietnie sie sprawdza jako zamkniecie krazka, ale nadal nie wiem skad ten sentyment do akurat tego utworu, wiec oba traki leca na plejke, a ja moge odchaczyc pierwsza odsluchana plyte od Muse bez niesmaku, bo pozytywnie sie zaskoczylem

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This album is okay. I'm not a big prog rock guy, though luckily this album is not as slow and ponderous as many prog rock albums (and I'm sure that plenty of folks would argue that this is not prog rock, and that is certainly a supportable position). Parts of this is really good, and other parts are trying to be epic in a way that I find really uninspiring. I like the approach that Muse employed for this album, I'm just not super into the execution 3/5

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Already listened to it

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Meh

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3.75

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i really enjoyed this music, the first song started off with a creepy vibe and i loved it. the music overall was really interesting my critique is that it was a little heavy at times but other than that it was really good.

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Decent modern pop

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I could never get into Muse, their sound just doesn’t work for me. You want to do the mainstream Pink Floyd stuff? Cool. You want to do the weird Radiohead stuff? Also fine. But together, it doesn’t gel very well IMO. I can appreciate that they’re solid musicians and have big ambitions, but this largely left me cold. 3 stars for effort, but my personal rating is a D+

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Not bad, but it didn't have any sticking power with me. I listened to it twice and I can't remember any songs other than Knights of Cydonia. I do remember there's a few that have Queen vibes and that's pretty cool. Overall, it's just not for me though.

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Muse is one of those bands that ticks the checkboxes but rarely, if ever, achieves true excellence. As to this particular album, I find it OK, but... It offers such an intense presentation that it crosses over to the annoying side of things with almost every track.

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There's a lot here but being greedy I wanted more...Muse is always one of those interesting bands that I know their hits but have never sat and listened to a full album...bad on me.

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I really struggle with Muse - an unpopular opinion I know. Just sounds too theatrical for me.

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A less whiny Radiohead.

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I've heard of them, but never listened to anything. It was OK

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btech radiohead

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To be Hones

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classsic, not a huge Muse fan but can still respect

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All-around it's pretty good. The problem is that I just can't figure out what they were aiming for. I'm glad that guitar hero gave them their 15 minutes because otherwise I think they wouldn't have been on anybody's radar at all.

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This is an album that I would've enjoyed in Junior High. It's over the top. It's a bit edgy. Already quite familiar with the hits of this album, I went in to it expecting to be disappointed and was pleasantly surprised. I'm not sure this is an album everyone needs to listen to before they die, but if music like Muse is your thing, I think you'l love it.

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A pretty decent alternative album. Muse has always made some interesting music. This album definitely fits that bill. Their songs sound some what spacey and futuristic. Starlight is a solid song and knights of cyadonia has some great instrumentals. The rest of the album isn’t too much up my alley but I found it enjoyable. 5.9/10

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I don’t know what to think of this band…sometimes they sound like U2 and other times they sound like a metal band. I’m not a U2 or a metal fan.

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It's muse. It's good.

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Well hello, someone wants to sit on Queen's throne.

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ok

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I knew two of the songs. This isn’t my usual type of music but I actually liked it. I thought it was a kind of abrupt change at track 5, which kind of threw me. I liked the faster songs better than the slow ones, but overall it’s a good album. I’ll probably listen to a few songs again.

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A brilliantly crafted album that makes me feel things that I can't be bothered feeling anymore. It doesn't resonate emotionally like it did when I was younger, but I can't deny the artistry.

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I could never quite bring myself to like Muse, they always struck me as a Radiohead clone with greater technical ability but less heart. This album is pretty good though, it's ambitious, progressive, and very Queen in places.

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I don't know where I've been but I don't think I've heard much Muse. At the very least I don't have an opinion going into this album. I do like the Martian tableau on the front cover, though the horses confuse me a little. It all sounds great, very polished and grand. Starlight, which I'll call the title track, and Supermassive Black Hole are pretty good but let down a bit by the lyrics. I like the sound of Soldier's Poem and Assassin. Several other songs don't grab me at all, like the theremin-y Invincible, Exo-Politics, and Hoodoo. Overall like it but don't quite love it. 3.5 stars

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i listened to this before and it was mid and im not putting myself through it again. good job to Supermassive Black Hole though

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hm. pretentious. vibey. annoying. guitar-nice. > Gave me a headache but i have got Covid so idk > opening track got on my nerves > second track was generic and didnt sound nice enough to get away with having no meaning > something lacking but i cant recognise what > i disliked it and dont know why but were too bored by it to listen again to recognise what i didnt like > the third track is the most popular on the album and i was hoping it would bring some power to this album but it was only a little less annoying, meaningless and generic as the other two tracks i'd already listened to > the album was underwhelming > i would NOT say that somebody must hear before they die > i might go as far as to say that i would recommend not listening to this album for its sheer boringness

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The first track is ok. A bit nothing really. I'm trying to remember some lyrics, or the basic tune, but I've got nothing. Sums it up quite well. The second track I'd heard before. Quite decent tbh, memorable tune, I can remember the basic lyrics for the chorusy part. It's fine. I may have heard the third track before as well. Seems kind of familiar, but not enough that I remember any lyrics or anything. Fourth track I have no memory of at all. The fifth track had me scrambling. Had I downloaded a dodgy copy of the album and someone had mixed up the tracks with another band? No, apparently not. That is the intended fifth track. Doesn't fit, at all, and isn't very good tbh. Sixth track. I've had enough now. All I'm hearing is loud noises. Seventh track is worse than the sixth. Louder and more annoying. Eighth track is a bit better. Less noise, more of an actual song. Again though, not one that's stuck in the memory. For the ninth track we've gone acoustic. Nice. Oh hang on, it doesn't last. They threw some trumpets in towards the end. Then scrapped them for more LOUD GUITAR AND SHOUTING! Tenth track. Tarantino. Not sure why he's popped into my head. Maybe there's a bit of Pulp Fiction similarity at the start? How long before we get back to the shouting and the guitars on this one? Not bad, just over half way. They've thrown in some piano on this one, just to mix it up. At last, the final track. Thank God. Oooh, more Tarantino. Long intro on this one. Hang on, this bit rings a bell, "no-one's gonna take me aliiiiiiiiive". Was this a single as well? This is alright. And it's over. Good.

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So this album came out when I was 16, and I remember being really disappointed with it then :( feels like their attempt at doing a Night At The Opera that just falls a bit flat. The lyrics aren't as clever as they think they are, and it's super overengineered. Forced myself to relisten to it this morning though. First track is really quite dire, don't want to sound too much like a grandpa but it's just noise, isn't it? Starlight is decent twinkly pop, Supermassive Black Hole is less good twinkly pop. Map of the Problematique is ok, but it'd still be one of the worse tracks on the previous albums. The next one is a floppy wander with no energy. I like Invincible at the very end, when it sounds more old school Muse, but it spends way too long getting there (and the lyrics are SO cheesy). Assassin sounds like a proper Muse song and is probably the second best song on the album. The next two I have no proper opinion on, they are in the old Muse style but just doesn't really get going at all and are in no way memorable. One after is half Muse, half theme tune to a Western and it is not a combination that works. Then Knights of Cydonia - the only song on this album that actually achieves the level of theatre that they're going for. Almost prog-rocky, I do like this. Should have left it at that, would've been a nice closer, but they added on another track at the end that is similar to the 8 and 9 in that I am utterly indifferent to it.

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Not the best of Muse, though Knights of Cydonia is an outstanding track.

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One star album with one extra star for Starlight.

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Pompous

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OK. This is really a bombastic one, but I wonder about the purpose.  All over I can hear Radiohead, Queen, and U2. None of these bands I particularly like, but if I have to, I much rather listen to the original ones. Not that Muse are bad, they just don't catch my interest, my attention continually wanders in and out. Starlight has that synth pop thing going on and the distorted bass, which is okay until Bono comes in. Map Of The Problématique becomes a bit more interesting as it sounds like Depeche Mode (or like Paradise Lost when they were trying to sound like Depeche Mode, without, exceptionally, really sounding like a copycat) in parts, until Bono auditioning for Radiohead comes in. Some beautiful vocal harmonies on Soldier's Poem. I liked that at the beginning it sounds very 60s, somehow doo wop (many have mentioned Beach Boys but I couldn't agree less), but at the end it morphs into a Queen tribute. The last, proggy bit of Invincible was interesting., while its first part really sounds like U2, not only the singer this time around. In general the use of synths is interesting all over the record, but again, if I wanted to listen to some prog I would go for some 70s band, and this not only excludes Muse but all the post 90s new prog bands. Some NWOBHM on Assassins mixed with bits of System Of A Down, which is kind of surprising.  Liked also the bits where they incorporated some world elements in the last few songs.  All in all, a band that seems to wear its influences on their sleeves. Highly visible though. To the point where you wonder if it's just influence or they are actually mimicking.  A curious fact: although the edition I have is from 2011, my book doesn't feature this 2006 album, which probably means that the it was kind of an afterthought for the authors destined to be featured in some future edition. 

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It was okay. I'm not a fan of the whiny/angsty rock lead singer voice...it becomes too much when listened to as a whole

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Some cool tracks but pretty unimpressed overall

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Dad Rock for teenagers

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For a supposed progressive rock group, Muse manages to come off as quite a superficial bunch. Every song here follows a formula, which wouldn’t be an issue if the formula were compelling, but it isn’t. Very few of these tunes are catchy, and even fewer interesting. The music is bombastic and decidedly safe, almost distractingly so, and the lyrics are humdrum bullshit. They want to make a political statement, but the best they can muster is jejune blather about fighting corruption, fighting for your rights, fighting the establishment, fighting for what? Freedom, of course. If you’d ever wondered what The Vines would sound like if they ventured into space, look no further. This sort of vapid, milk-and-water nonsense might appeal to you if you’re the sort of person that likes corporate dad rock, but if you can’t dig it, steer clear.

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Of its time, a bit overblown for me

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Whilst a fun enough listen, I ultimately found all the bombast rather empty and unsatisfying.

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Take a Bow: the tinkling lasted about 3 minutes too long. The blame at the end was something. Longest outro ever. Supermassive Black Hole: more like supermassive suck hole, amirite? Map of the problematique: equally as loud as the previous three songs. No decrescendo/crescendo, just loud. Set the metronome to 140 bpm and go. Soldiers poem: first down tempo song, almost lullaby like. Somehow still loud though.... Invincible: quieter intro. I have bass boosted on my earbuds as most songs are quiet on bass lines, but these guys pump up the bass. Cool little bass riff halfway through. Hoodoo: started surfer rock/Mexicali, ended goth rock. Weird. Glorious: I don't think I like this album. It's not necessarily "bad," but it's an album that has a lot of notes, but none of them memorable. Almost like a more frantic Coldplay. PS: I did not realize that Glorious was the last track of the album when I made the above note. I am glad it is over.

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I mostly like their first 3 albums but this is a fair load of wank

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Veit ekki hvað skal segja, fílaði þetta einu sinni. Geri það ekki lengur.

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When Radiohead stopped making proper guitar albums after OK Computer, other bands moved into the space that had been abandoned. Coldplay took the softer end, and built a stadium sized career out of it, and Muse ditto with the louder end. It is no surprise that the bombastic end of Radiohead crossed with a healthy dose of Queen also turned out to be a stadium-filling beast. With magpie like references to other moments of bombastic excess (Soundgarden, Ennio Morricone, ELO), this is cleverly composed, schmickly produced, and expertly played, but really, at the end of the day, this is sound and fury, signifying nothing.

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bleah

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I wanted to like this one so much better cause it had some of my favorite elements. Super cinematic moments and a dusty desert sound but to manny misses in between

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--- muse black holes and revelations --- take a bow 2/3 k maybe a bit long, but overall i like it. it _sounds_ like a minute long intro track, but lasts almost five minutes? --- starlight 3/3 this is the title track, the chorus repeats the album name. i always forget this is the title track cause it's not named for the album --- supermassive black hole 2/3 too slow --- map of the problematique 3/3 --- invincible 1/3 i just want to go listen to (the good tracks from) neutral milk hotel's In the Aeroplane Over the Sea hate the marching snare and this song is not fast enough to walk to hate hate hate this --- assassin 3/3 oh yeah this is why i remember liking muse --- city of delusion 2/3 not mad at this --- hoodoo 3/3 good if in the mood for big and operatic? which is not often, but.. --- knights of cydonia 3/3 oh yeah this is why i remember liking muse they saved the best for last --- glorious 1/3 did not need a bonus track, cydonia is the correct ending

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I’d rather be listening to Radiohead

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I think that Supermassive Black Hole being used so prominently in the first Twilight movie has tainted that song for me... and Knights of Cydonia was mega hard on Guitar Hero 3! Overall, I'd prefer to listen to one of Muse's other albums. 2.5

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Yeah again why is this album on this list, not that exciting or interesting, definitely nothing new when it was launched? They are one of those bands that are made for adverts they have like 30 seconds of intrest in a couple of songs but the rest is just dull.

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Sounding like a cross between Coldplay, U2 and Radiohead with "anthems" for the noughties generation this is generally as dull and insipid as you would expect, although to be fair "Supermassive Black Hole" is quite a sinister sounding track with a catchy chorus.

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A few standouts like knights of cydonia, starlight, and glorious, but overall it was quite repetitive (especially the vocals)

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Muse can’t decide if they want to be Radiohead, Coldplay, British alternative from a few years earlier, a grunge band, or a wannabe metal band. This identity crisis leaves Muse sounding like they’re constantly trying to reference something instead of incorporating their influences into their own sound. The obvious Thom Yorke imitation vocals really place this into a lower category for me.

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Kinda like the killers but unique in their own way. Not my thing

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should not be on this list

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All Muse songs are mayonnaise sandwiches

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Some groups can be expressed mathematically, as the summation of particular influences the group is more than happy to acknowledge. Beatles + Black Sabbath + Pixies = Nirvana. Orange Juice + Strokes = Franz Ferdinand. With today's band, it's Genesis + Queen + Jeff Buckley + Radiohead = Muse. I can't be the only one to feel trepidation upon seeing the first side of that equation. Each one of those acts has some fundamental aspect that may very well deter the uncommitted listener (yes, even Jeff Buckley). The result threatens to be simultaneously stuffy, affected, histrionic and cold. And the result is stuffy, affected, histrionic and cold. Muse were one of the late-90s British groups to reject Britpop, with its punky irreverence and kitchen-sink concerns, instead borrowing excessive virtuosity, conceit and tone from prog whilst leader Matt Bellamy insisted on singing every damn note in Jeff Buckley's falsetto. My fellow travellers on life's long journey, you should know by now that a rejection of punk will never win my favour. Also, Muse's resuscitation of prog does not feel inspired, but just the inevitable recycling of everything recyclable from the past. At some point, some band was going to try and bring back The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway, and Muse thought it might as well be them. That paragraph didn't mention the other band, the band who has overshadowed Muse for their entire existence: Radiohead. In my review of The Bends, I discussed how The Bends accidentally invented the next decade's trend of landfill indie. Muse obviously nick plenty from Radiohead, but far more from OK Computer and Kid A. Now, I have no qualms whatsoever with such outright theft, as long as they do something with it. And to their credit, Muse do do something with their loot; unfortunately, they tend to do bad things. Black Holes and Revelations (yes, that title is wank) is the consequence of seizing upon one facet of a myriad of artists, then intensifying it to the exclusion of all other concerns. So, as stated before, Matt Bellamy's falsetto stems from Jeff Buckley's use of the falsetto. I've never been persuaded that Jeff Buckley is the greatest male singer of the 90s, but I understand that his falsetto broadened the dominant male range of the time, and was meant to extend how widely male singers could reach for. Just singing falsetto drastically misses that point, and incidentally is extremely annoying. Likewise, Muse steal Queen's theatricality, but forget to take along the camp fun Queen revelled in. The listener is put in the bizarre situation of hearing Muse attempt their own version of Peter Gabriel's Slipperman, all the while wishing that Muse would just get Phil Collins involved somewhere. And I've written before that OK Computer's student politics seem jejune nowadays, but where do Muse go with such concerns? Conspiracy theories and ancient aliens building the pyramids. The last parts would suggest that Muse have some sense of humour to lighten this broth, but this album is delivered with iron solemnity, as a deeply profound article. Even the deliberately comic bits (e.g., Knights of Cydonia) feel perfunctory when taken with the whole of the album, as if Muse just seek to avoid accusations of disappearing up their own fundament (and thus slip even further up the back passage). Okay, I admit I would have relented somewhat, in that Supermassive Black Hole has a decent, straightforward groove that redeems the album slightly, but then I took a walk. On that walk, I realised that Genesis + Queen + Jeff Buckley + Radiohead = Emo ELP. Emo ELP: Two words, five syllables, one unsalvageable album.

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Just not for me

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Below par Queen. And I bloody hate Freddie Mercury as well.

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I didn’t like Queen the first time around. Chucking them in a blender with a bit of The Strokes and a little U2 makes me like them even less this time around.

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