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ORIGIN OF SYMMETRY

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The Runaway
5 stars Muse is newly born!

Origin of Symmetry is the breakthrough album of Muse as we know them, and damn right did it break through, the amount of ways I can describe of how this album is perfect aren't countable on two hands! The mixing is just like how it should be, and the band sounds like they have their life plan all ready to go, giving this album its secure and confident sound.

For our punchy grand piano sound we have New Born, for our synthesizers we have Bliss, for our complicatedness we have Space Dementia, for our heavy guitar riffs Hyper Music, for our spicy guitar licks Plug in Baby, and so on and so forth. Matt Bellamy's piano solos are all around the ebonies and ivories, Dom Howard's hi-hat rhythms are 'roudn your sound system and Chris Wolstenhome's sound is just IN-YOUR-FACE-BASS!

This album is considered by many to be Muse's greatest album, and by some as their worst, but each to his own opinion, so this album can be amazing in the eyes of one person, and the worst piece of music in the eyes of another nonetheless, but in my opinion it's just plain awesome.

This album is a guitar heavy album, with tracks like Plug in Baby, Hyper Music, New Born, and CItizen Erased, but also features grandiose piano solos and parts on songs like New Born, Space Dementia, and Feeling Good. I have to say the producer for this album did a fantastic job that could not have been done better, especially in this case.

New Born starts with a piano line, similar to songs on previous Muse EPs and albums, then turns into a guitar-oriented distortion riff which starts to sounds like Muse, as we like and know them. The song features heavy use of speedy guitar strums and distorted bass lines, so to proggers coming from that sort of music, give this song a listen before (or if) you get the album.

Bliss is a keyboard song, mostly synthesizer-heavy though. It's a more poppy song but it's as great as pop can get and the bands amazing playing on this track can make up for anything. The track can fit into the genre of Electro-pop-prog, but in the end, it's just prog related, right?

Space Dementia, roughly translating into Moonmadness (Camel anyone?), is again a more keyboard influenced track, but its complicated, euphoric feel along with its creepy lyrics gives it an odd sense.

Hyper Music is more of a song for the progressive metal fans, featuring a heavy riff, weird guitar sounds, and a metal-like song structure all together. Bellamy's voice sounds so melodramatic on this track, so I thought it would be mentioned to you Peter Hammill/VdGG/Long Hello fans.

Plug in Baby is a Muse classic and still remains one of the most famous Muse songs up to date, with its signature guitar riff and sound.

Most of the songs later on the album are lesser known Muse album, and also worse, but still great, and deserve an ode, so here's an ode to Screenager, Micro Cuts, Darkshines, the FANTASTIC Feeling Good, and Megalomania.

5/5, because this album rocks, and Muse should be treated accordingly!

The Runaway | 5/5 |

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