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3 stars A classic opener for a Muse album : some sweet piano to start with, and a brilliant and wild tempo for some five minutes. This album will feature some longer songs than usual : three over six minutes which is rather long, considering Muse as a pop-rock band (which they are IMO).

There is no fainted tactics for the wonderful "Bliss" : Matthew's high pitched voice, an extremely powerful band and a superb melody. A great Muse song. At least, the type of Muse songs that I really like.

Same intro for "Space Dementia" as for "New Born", with a very nice keyboard providing almost a classical moment. This other longer number, will mix more complex intrumental parts (mostly piano, really in the foreground here) with sweet vocal ones. Another very pleasant track.

The noisy part at the end is a "smooth" transition with "Hyper Music". It is quite a hectic track, almost desarticulated. Very strong bass but this number really sound irritating and very (too) loud. Fortunately, it is the second shortest ones of the album. Also the weakest one.

But Muse is back on track with "Plug In Baby", a good pop-rock number which leads to "Citizen Erased". Very dense song, somewhat heavy at times but there is a very melodic and soft passage for about two minutes. Just to convince non-Muse addicts, that the band can also produce noiseless music. It is as melodic as "Unintended" for about half of the song. This might sound as a strange combination if you are new to the band, but it is the essence of Muse music. This is again highlighted in "Micro Cuts" pure rock followed by "Screenager" a 100% light tune.

The final part of the album is a bit weaker, I'm afraid. But still pleasant.

At times Muse music sounds almost like a rock opera. But more rock than opera. I do not consider Muse as prog, neither prog related.

Just go and attend one of their convert and you will be convinced. "Origin Of Symmetry" holds more "bearable" musical moments than their debut album. Being a long- time fan, I do not have any problem with this side of their work. This album is pretty good, combining solid rock numbers and very passionate vocals. Four stars.

ZowieZiggy | 3/5 |


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