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4 stars Muse have always been a kind of safety net for me. The only prog band that have been able to achieve as much sucess as a pop band in todays modern musical culture. To be honest, I wasn't the biggest fan of them when this album was released, For some reason they scared me a bit, expecially Matt Belamy's hair in the video for Bliss. I was a bit scared of them, they seemed to be from another planet. But I was brave enough to listen to Plug In Baby, there breakthrough single really.

This album was very experimental for Muse. They were starting to flirt with electronics and other keyboard instruments like pianos, mellotrons and organs. A lot of drone and noise was used as well, which gave the album a very rustic appeal.

Although this album isnt my favourite of theirs, I really respect what they were trying to achieve...finding their sound. They wouldnt have completed this quest until their next album was released, but this albumwas a great attempt. I didnt really like this album on my first listen, but it has grown on me.

1. New Born - This is a great opener for an album. I love the bassline flowing through the song. I can see why they get criticised for Matt sounding a bit like Jeff Buckley, but at least he can pull it off.

2. Bliss - God Muse love their arrpeggios, and they work really well, they give the song a new life. This is a really hauntingly beautiful song.

3. Space Dementia - I love the broken chord passages, it really gives the song a kick. There is alot of Space Rock influences in this song and another criticism that is quite common is another relation to another singer...Thom Yorke.

4. Hyper Music - A really kick ass song with an amazing disjunct riff. Reminds me of Led Zeppelin.

5. Plug In Baby - Their breakthrough into popular music really. An amazin classicaly inspired main riff and an amazing vocal performance from Matt.

6. Citizen Erased - The first riff of this song is another one that will kick you in the face. It's very groove orientated and reminds me of Clucth. An amazing break down with some spacy feelings. This song reminds me of Paranoid Android. Long, epic and weird.

7. Micro Cuts - This is a normal appearance on a Muse album. For those that wouldn't be aware of Arias, especially Italian Arias, then this is Muse' attempt. There is usually one of these on every Muse album. It is a low fi piece of music where Matt is able to show of his amazing vocal skills. I liked the idea of singing in falsetto. It was pulled of really well because Matt has an amazing vocal range.

8. Screenager - Everytime I see this title, it reminds me of Therapy?. Yes a very avante garde song which reminds me of Sleepytime Gorilla Musuem.

9. Darkshines - Not the best song on the album. Probabbly the weakest, more of a filler.

10. Feeling Good - One of the best covers in my opinion. It is the perfect example of how a cover can be arranged to meet the bands needs. The original Jazz elements are also kept in tact.

11. Megalomania - This is a very eerie song that reminds me of something from The Wall. A great ending.

CONCLUSION: Although not my favourtie Muse album, still a great album. Buy it f you already have all of Muse's albums, or if you like a little something different.

arcane-beautiful | 4/5 |


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