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A Strange mix (Radiohead + Hard Rock/Proto Heavy + Prog Rock), mixed feelings (at first the "Radiohead clone" sensation could be devastating, but once you pass that there is luckily much more to be discovered).

So, mixed results? Fortunately not.

"Showbiz" is a great debut from one of the most interesting and powerful bands of the last years from worldwide prog rock map.

A three-pieced hard rocking explosive bass-guitar-drums combo that contrasts its extreme intensity (for this genre, regarding we're not talking about "heavy metal") with delicate classical-inspired landscapes mostly based on beautiful piano chords.

This, in addition with great songwriting skills makes "Cave" or "Sober" key numbers exposing every Muse positive aspect already mentioned.

The up-tempo singles "Sunburn" through a melodic pop pulse driven and "Muscle museum" with a sort of fantastically systematic bass line and epic theatrical choruses are also bright.

On the other hand the ballads "Unintended" and "Uno" -where they strangely play with "Tango" music- which were also singles happen to be the let down of the album bringing monotony and excessive languidness. Perhaps because Matthew Bellamy tries so hard to sound classical and modern and deep at the same time.

For the rest, if you're in doubt of this album's attributes just put "Showbiz" -the song-, despite its simple but effective melodic line, if its overwhelming full of unreleased anger and anguish chorus and the line -"Controlling my feelings for so long..." before the whole band explodes and takes it to heaven -or hell- don't grab you, well it's hard to see what does these days.

Mattiias | 4/5 |


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