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BLACK HOLES AND REVELATIONS

Muse

 

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Wallium
3 stars This album shows a completely new side to Muse, the one that could almost be put as crossover prog. They skirt on the edge of that.

This one has no real sense of totality to it, but does have some of Muse's finest musical pieces on it.

Track 1. Take A Bow

Great song, opens up soft and then builds, but just never comes back down. It doesn't get boring up there on the top either, it shifts around a bit to keep you going with a satisfied Yeah! at the end.

Track 2. Starlight

Muse's most overrated and overplayed song. Tied only by Knights of Cydonia (because of Guitar Hero III). It's very poppy in most regards, really. Really just more catchy that anything else.

Track 3. Supermassive Black Hole

The only Muse track that you can really dance to. Again, they just make a pretty decent song, that's kind of poppish, but is actually quite catchy.

Track 4. Map Of The Problematique

Perhaps one of the coolest and most unique sounds on the album, also one of the simplest too, by some weird turn of events. This one hits you hard as cool, but then just goes away, letting the other tracks shine through, kind of like the Mahavishnu's track Hope off of Birds of Fire. Only it doesn't sound anything like it.

Track 5. Soldier's Poem

Almost disgustingly simple. Kind of nice and lyrical, but also kinda boring 3/4 feel. I'm half-glad this one got cut off fast. Definitely the weakest track on the album.

Track 6. Invincible

This one has some of the cheesiest lyrics ever, but it has enough body to make up for it. It has a regal air to it, and it really is a nice listening experience.

Track 7. Assassin

This one opens up with a psuedo-metal guitar riff and keeps it going. Pretty good lyrics, this on is one of my favourites even though it doesn't have a lot of technical or revolutionary progyness to it.

Track 8. Exo-Politics

Again with the catchy. Still comes out as a pretty good song, but it definately was built around it's catchy opening guitar riff.

Track 9. City Of Delusion

My favourite on the track, proggy, cool, strings, jamming, and has a trumpet solo (wich isn't really that amazing, but it works harmonically). This one really shows off Muse's ability to jam with a song. What's surprising is how Matt somehow seamlessly switches between acoustic and distorted guitar, he does it so fast that it makes me really wonder how he does it.

Track 10. Hoodoo (3:42)

This track has some real talent. Amazing lyrics, amazing piano part (played off of Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto #1 in Bb minor..... first movement), and over all just great song. This one is the least poppish, and least expected tracks.

Track 11. Knights Of Cydonia

So overplayed!!!! AHHHHH!!!!! Ever since it made it onto Guitar Hero III (and even beforehand, really) it has been everywhere, it is actually quite a simple song, simply progresses, but has a sense of good songwriting to it. It's natural progression really makes it shine, even though I can't stand listening to it anymore.

Track 12. Glorious

The final track is all right. Nothing spectacular, but nothing bad either. It sums up what the album is about. Nothing destined for greatness, but nothing bad either.

Wallium | 3/5 |

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