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4 stars This is the album where Muse really prove themselves as a unique and rocking band. Certainly all Radiohead comparisons should stop here. Origin of Symmetry is a massive step up from their debut, moving from more typical angsty alt rock to their own brand of rock, with guitar and bass driven riffs and a solid dose of epicness.

New Born and Plug in Baby are typical of the Origin sound, with big riffs, bass driven verses and massive choruses. Bliss shows sonething new for the band, and something that stays- synthesizers. Space Dementia is a very impressive show of Bellamy's piano skill (due to his newfound love of Rachmaninoff- the verse even quotes Rach II!) and the explosive coda is something special. Hyper Music is crazy, angry riffing, and Micro Cuts features Bellamy's screaming falsetto, with a heavy and harsh chorus, and the greatest riff outro. Citizen Erased is often said to be the best Muse song ever, and it's also one of their most progressive. Howard's fantastic drumbeat leads to a fantastic riff (again), big chorus, soft but up-tempo interlude and Orwellian lyrics. But what makes this song is the guitar solo, and moving slowdown at the end to a piano coda. Screenager is an emotive acoustic song with tribal drums and rolling synthesizers, Feeling Good is a simple cover of the Nina Simone classic with Wolstenholme's big fuzz bass, Dark Shines is an angsty tune with a Spanish feel and a fake trumpet solo (on guitar, via MIDI) and Megalomania is a massively epic song on church organ.

Matt's lyrics also improve here- rather than teen problems, they include semi-cryptic warnings about technology and religion. Sonething that's also bugged me about this album is the muddy sound, and how much better the tracks are live. But that's always the case with Muse live.

This is really an album you must listen to. Citizen Erased, Space Dementia and maybe Megalomania are the more prog- influenced numbers.

Kazza3 | 4/5 |


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