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4 stars After Origin of Symmetry had been released, and the band was wrapping up it's world tour, Muse fans were growing restless. They wanted more material. Muse, had many songs to release, but did not feel that they had quite enough material to release a full length studio album. Thus, we have Hullabaloo, a two disc live and bsides collection. It is interesting that they released this only two albums into their career, but Muse music is always best experienced live. This album shows that.

Disc 1, is mainly bsides that had been previously released on singles. These songs range from mediocre, to fantastic. Some of Muse's best material is here, and I am suprised that some of these songs did not make it onto the albums. Nature_1, Yes Please, Recess, and Map of Your Head are fantastic songs which show off a more experimental and laid back Muse. These bsides are truly different than the material on their albums, and anyone with a deep interest in Muse MUST hear these.

Disc 2, is filled with live tracks recorded in 2001. Unfortunately, the entire performance from which these tracks were recorded, is not on this disc. These tracks are recorded and performed SUPERBLY, and this disc truly gives the feeling of being at a Muse show (I've seen them 4 times). Almost every song is superior to its studio counterpart, as the songs are somehow played with even more intensity than on the studio albums. However, this disc omits some of the best tracks from their albums, and none of their singles are on this disc. New Born, Hyper Music, Plug in Baby, Bliss, and Feeling Good are songs that SHOULD have been on here, and I will never understand why they are not featured. However, the entire gig is available on the excellent Hullabaloo dvd, which is also recommended.

If you are interested in Muse, but you're unfamiliar with their material, do not start here, and pick up the excellent Origin Of Symmetry or Absolution instead. If you've already spun all their studio discs, and need more, I recommend you purchase this.

gok22us | 4/5 |


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