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Founded in Devon, UK in 1994 - Still active as of 2017

Muse comprise Matthew Bellamy (lead vocalist, lead guitarist, and pianist), Chris Wolstenholme (bass guitarist) and Dominic Howard (drummer).

Muse came together at the age of 13, although the band was then known as Gothic Plague. The name changed to Fixed Penalty, then Rocket Baby Dolls, and finally to Muse, following a "battle of the bands" competition which they won despite playing music that was overtly aggressive and smashing everything on stage.

In October 1995, Dennis Smith discovered them playing in a Cornish village and eventually offered them free studio time. IN 1998, Muse released their self-titled EP, and the single "Uno".

Following the success of their second single "Cave", they released their first album "Showbiz" in 1999. Produced by John Leckie, who also produced Radiohead's "The Bends", Showbiz drew a lot of criticism for its similarities with Radiohead, but nevertheless was successful - and the only real similarities lie in Matt Bellamy's vocal style.

The following album, "Origin of Symmetry" was also produced by Leckie, but saw Muse becoming more experimental in the ways they created atmospheres; Wind Chimes, Bones, Llama claws and bubble wrap are all used to create effects.

A stream of awards and touring followed, and it wasn't until 2004 that Muse finally released "Absolution". This time they employed Paul Reeve, John Corfield and Rich Costey to handle production. The latter will be familiar to The Mars Volta fans, but had also worked with the likes of Fiona Apple and Philip Glass. Costey's finicky approach to recording and mixing makes "Absolution" stand out from the Leckie produced albums, in that the overall sound is "bigger" and the bombastic nature of the music is underscored heavily.

Following "Absolution"'s huge success Muse confirmed their status with a storming set at Glastonbury in 2004, more awards and singles success.

Two years later, MUSE followed up with their 2006 release Black Holes and Revelations which shot to number one in the U.K. and broke into the top ten in the USA. The album features the songs Starlight, Supermassive Black Hole, and Knights of Cydonia. Rich Costey returned to co-produce the album.

2009 saw the release of The Resistance, which is probably MUSE's most progressive album to-date, which takes a strong influence from QUEEN. The album features the singles The Uprising, Resistance, U...
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MUSE top albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

3.10 | 270 ratings
Showbiz
1999
3.96 | 400 ratings
Origin Of Symmetry
2001
3.85 | 442 ratings
Absolution
2003
3.68 | 414 ratings
Black Holes And Revelations
2006
3.26 | 374 ratings
The Resistance
2009
3.21 | 233 ratings
The 2nd Law
2012
3.12 | 125 ratings
Drones
2015
2.47 | 29 ratings
Simulation Theory
2018

MUSE Live Albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

2.70 | 71 ratings
Hullabaloo Soundtrack
2002
4.42 | 85 ratings
H.A.A.R.P
2008

MUSE Videos (DVD, Blu-ray, VHS etc)

3.90 | 30 ratings
Hullabaloo: Live At Le Zenith-Paris
2002
4.22 | 23 ratings
Absolution Tour
2005
3.60 | 15 ratings
Live at Rome Olympic Stadium
2013

MUSE Boxset & Compilations (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

4.33 | 3 ratings
Showbiz Box
2000
4.67 | 3 ratings
Symmetry Box
2004
4.33 | 3 ratings
Absolution Box
2005

MUSE Official Singles, EPs, Fan Club & Promo (CD, EP/LP, MC, Digital Media Download)

2.00 | 5 ratings
This Is A Muse Demo
1995
2.82 | 8 ratings
Newton Abbot Demo
1997
2.53 | 18 ratings
Muse
1998
2.57 | 14 ratings
Muscle Museum
1999
4.00 | 5 ratings
Uno
1999
4.00 | 6 ratings
Cave
1999
3.67 | 6 ratings
Muscle Museum
1999
3.80 | 5 ratings
Sunburn
2000
3.40 | 5 ratings
Unintended
2000
3.25 | 8 ratings
Random 1-8
2000
4.00 | 12 ratings
Plug In Baby
2001
4.54 | 13 ratings
New Born
2001
3.71 | 7 ratings
Bliss
2001
3.63 | 8 ratings
Hyper Music/Feeling Good
2001
4.07 | 14 ratings
Dead Star - In Your World
2002
4.33 | 6 ratings
Stockholm Syndrome
2003
2.50 | 6 ratings
Time Is Running Out
2003
4.00 | 5 ratings
Hysteria
2003
4.14 | 7 ratings
Sing for Absolution
2004
4.17 | 6 ratings
Apocalypse Please
2004
4.86 | 7 ratings
Butterflies and Hurricanes
2004
3.00 | 8 ratings
Starlight
2006
4.14 | 7 ratings
Knights of Cydonia
2006
2.55 | 21 ratings
Supermassive Black Hole
2006
3.40 | 5 ratings
Invincible
2007
3.88 | 8 ratings
Map of the Problematique
2007
3.40 | 5 ratings
Uprising
2009
2.43 | 7 ratings
Undisclosed Desires
2009
3.71 | 7 ratings
Resistance
2010
2.33 | 6 ratings
Neutron Star Collision (Love Is Forever)
2010
4.35 | 17 ratings
Exogenesis
2010
3.52 | 21 ratings
Survival
2012
1.96 | 25 ratings
The 2nd Law: Unsustainable
2012
2.05 | 27 ratings
Madness
2012
2.14 | 7 ratings
Follow Me
2012
4.00 | 12 ratings
Supremacy
2013
3.14 | 7 ratings
Panic Station
2013

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 Simulation Theory by MUSE album cover Studio Album, 2018
2.47 | 29 ratings

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Review by ToNy06

1 stars What a disappointment! This album is certainly the most bizarre in Muse discography. I find very difficult to find a song that deserves interest. I find the techno beat in all songs unstandable. After Drones, which was a correct album according to Muse standards, Simulation Theory is very different. All songs look like each other, and none of them can save the album from its mediocrity. I hope that this album is not the new kind of music they will make from now. Simulation Theory is just a bad techno album, and prog is very hard to find. Being a Muse fan for almost twenty years, I don't recommend this album to anyone.
 Simulation Theory by MUSE album cover Studio Album, 2018
2.47 | 29 ratings

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Review by Kempokid
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3 stars Wow, Muse did something that I was starting to believe would never happen again, they made an album that I love, even more surprising is how it was from an album with such a terrible cover. I personally have found their albums from The Resistance up to Drones to be quite flawed in certain respects, trying to experiment, but being unable to produce consistently great material, leading to some extremely overblown ideas or just some failed experiments. This is where Simulation Theory manages to differ itself significantly, keeping to a very particular sound for the majority of the album, without getting too ambitious in the process. A clear sign of this is the fact that this is the shortest Muse album by a reasonable amount, being approximately 40 minutes long compared to the usual 50 or so. This allows the album to be a much more concise, consistent experience that isn't bogged down by filler. As for the sound itself, I personally enjoy it thoroughly, finally using their electronics again in a way that sounds like more than an experiment, sounding like part of the identity of the album, which heavily leans on 80s aesthetic. While it isn't the most incredibly ambitious album made by them, I find that what they've done is still sufficiently interesting, and marks the first muse album in ages which I'd love to listen to it again and again.

Algorithm starts off the album in an excellent way, immediately throwing the listener into the "futuristic" techno sound the band employs, along with a decent bit of symphonic rock with a few piano lines here and there. I love the slow, simple beat that is gradually built upon for the first 2 minutes before the vocals come in, only to continue building in such a gratifying way. The Dark Side is an even better song, with such a rich sound with layers upon layers of synth perfectly intertwining melody, harkening back to Origin of Symmetry, albeit with a poppier, cleaner style. Combine this with a powerful hook and you've got a real winner. From here, Pressure manages to further heighten the album, being one of my favourite tracks here, built around switching between 2 equally great riffs and a chorus that manages to be surprisingly fun, despite the cheesiness of the backing vocals. The next track is a bit of a sticking point, as while the main verses are quite good, with particularly noteworthy vocals, being some of the most crystal clear I've heard from Matt Bellamy, the chorus is so irrevocably awful that I find it really hard to enjoy the song in any way other than chuckling to myself about how dumb it sounds. Fortunately, the album gets back on track after this with a song that I like calling 'Fun With Microtones' (At least I'm pretty sure that's part of this). I really find the funky, distinctly Middle Eastern style to be really interesting, and for the distortion and slight dubstep elements to all work exquisitely together.

I find it interesting how varied and not at all indicative of the general sound of the album that quite a few of the singles were, with Something Human being a much lighter tune, and one that I find to be really beautiful, being able to put a smile on my face with little effort. Dig Down is another example of an out of place seeming single, being heavily in line with the dubstep sound of The 2nd Law, being quite empty sounding. This one took a while to grow on me, and I still like it less than the majority of the songs here, but I like it nonetheless. On the other side of the spectrum, Thought Contagion is the closest to classic Muse that this album gets, with a much bigger rock focus, complete with an extremely anthemic tone to it all and the obligatory wonderful bassline. Despite this song being repetitive, it's still one of my favourites here, as I just adore every aspect of it. As for the three remaining songs here, Get Up and Fight, while the story of Matt's uncle definitely gives the song some deeper meaning, I still find it to be the weakest moment here, with the female backing vocals sounding generic, and for everything to be too predictable without sufficient enjoyability to justify it. Blockades is a great song that brings back the almost apocalyptic sound of earlier albums, complete with some amazing emotion bleeding through each note sung. The album is closed off by The Void, another one of the strongest songs on the album, with comparisons to the Exogenesis Symphony being quite apt, as this has the much more subtle, grandiose instrumentation that mad that suite so great, in this case the layers of orchestral strings being replaced by synthesisers, still maintaining the absolute emotional power and beauty that makes so many of their greatest songs what they are. I think that this is the absolute perfect closer to a great album.

While not as wildly experimental as The 2nd Law, as grandiose as The Resistance, or as rock oriented as Drones, I feel like this album beats all of these easily by being able to be a listening experience that maintains a distinct identity, which is something that The 2nd Law failed at, while containing minimal filler, with no songs that I'd consider anything close to the low point on Drones of The Resistance. While there isn't the same level of ambition here, I feel like how consistent and cohesive the album is more than makes up for that, not to mention that by being shorter, there is much less fat to trim, which is something that every Muse album other than Origin of Symmetry had at least some issue with. After this album, I am back to feeling excited to see where Muse will go next.

Best songs: The Dark Side, Pressure, Thought Contagion, The Void

Weakest songs: Propaganda, Get Up and Fight

Verdict: I do believe that when getting into Muse, that their peak albums are generally where you'd want to start, but if you enjoy the more pop oriented moments on them and are fine with both some techno and cheesiness at points, then I recommend you check this album out, as I found it pleasantly surprising.

 Drones by MUSE album cover Studio Album, 2015
3.12 | 125 ratings

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Review by Kempokid
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2 stars Despite finding Muse's attempts to branch out and experiment admirable, I still preferred the rock sound implemented on earlier albums compared to the predominantly pop projects of their later work. This made me quite hopeful when getting around to listening to Drones, as I heard it was to be a return to form. Honestly, if this is a return to form, please just stick to the pop music. While yes, it's clear that an effort was made to return to the sound of Origin of Symmetry and Absolution in sections, it's also clear that this sounds nothing like those, with a lot more cheese than I know what to do with, weaker, more simplistic songwriting with far less of the emotional rawness that made early Muse so great, and much less enjoyment all around.

The album quickly makes it clear how this will not be a complete return to form, with the high pitched vocal harmonies and the extremely danceable beat. To be fair, I do quite enjoy this song, as the vocal melody is excellent, and I do love the beat. The next song, Psycho demonstrates a massive problem I have with a lot of the album, lyrics, which while I normally don't care too much about them, they just get so stupid in places that it becomes embarrassing to listen to. No matter how much I enjoy the riffs in the song, I just can't get over lyrics like "I'll turn you into a superdrone" and "your ass belongs to me now". The song may be simplistic, but I could see myself loving it if not for constantly wanting to laugh at the lyrics. Mercy can be summed up in a simple phrase, Starlight but worse. Reapers is a massive improvement from anything else on the album, with a lot of incredible riffs, switching between a Van Halen inspired mini solo, and a simple, hard hitting riff, combined with some of the classic Muse dramatic flair, making for a uniquely amazing song on a mostly subpar album. The next stretch is where a lot of issues arise, with all of the songs dragging on while also having the same issue with lyrics and general lack of interesting hooks , solos or anything of the sort. By far the worst offender of this is Revolt, which has one of the most painfully forgettable hooks I've heard in recent memory. The Aftermath doesn't serve much better, being one of the weaker ballads by a band that I already dislike the ballads of for the most part. Honestly, this portion of the album is so unappealing, that combined with the other weaker songs on the album, the song that I ended up using as a decider between whether to give this a 1 or 2 was The Globalist. Fortunately, I found myself enjoying it quite a bit, as while it isn't quite a masterpiece, it provides a great apocalyptic feel, and definitely makes good use of its entire 10 minutes, with each section being excellent, with the way it gradually slows and transitions into Drones to be great.

This album left me feeling incredibly disappointed, I wasn't expecting anything amazing after the previous 2 mediocre albums, but I was expecting something more accomplished than this mess. While Muse have certainly always been overblown in their style, so much about their lyrical content and music here just screams "pretentious" to me, while still being unbearably dull and simplistic in other points. Despite that, Muse once again display their talent of making sure each album has 1 or 2 tracks which are clearly some of the best stuff they've ever done, in this case, it's Reapers for me. I honestly feel like Muse have been on a decline since The Resistance, but I do feel like this is in all likelihood, their lowest point, as it's quite difficult to go lower than this. As said, this album was saved from a 1 star rating by having 3 really good songs, and only barely.

Best songs: Dead Inside, Reapers, The Globalist

Weakest songs: Psycho, Mercy, Defector, Revolt, Aftermath

Verdict: I see no real reason to listen to more than the best songs on the album unless you're a fan of Muse, as basically any album before this makes for a much better starting point and listening experience.

 The 2nd Law by MUSE album cover Studio Album, 2012
3.21 | 233 ratings

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Review by Kempokid
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3 stars After the relative lack of interesting experimentation on The Resistance, it almost feels as if Muse were trying to compensate for that on tto makheir followup album, The 2nd Law, which contained a wide array of musical styles and went into territory that I really didn't expect Muse to go. On the album, you get things like funk and dubstep, while still maintaining something similar to Muse's general sound, although at this point it feels as if their identity is fading, or at least becoming muddled to an extent. As for all the praise I have for when bands try experimenting with something new, there still needs to be a basic sense of cohesion, which this album definitely feels as if it's lacking at multiple points, despite the fact that quite a few of these songs are really well written, or at least are interesting.

Songs like Supremacy and Panic Station show an even more symphonic, bombastic approach to writing music, both with prominent roles of the trumpet, along with a return to their older production style of creating a wall of sound, although it sounds cleaner here. I also love the occasional use of their heavier guitar tone that hadn't properly been used sine Absolution. While Supremacy sounds like something straight out of a James Bond film, Panic Station is just an awesome, funky song. While there are these moments, there are also those like Madness and Follow Me, taking a much more pop oriented approach with application of dubstep that I don't hate, as I find some of it to be quite tasteful, especially the way it avoids just becoming a massive onslaught of 'wubs', always a good thing in relation to electronic music of any sort, as tasteful use of the various elements of them can make the difference between mastery and unlistenable garbage. I also find the song that's essentially Queen (Survival) to be much better when comparing it to the awful United States of Eurasia, as the band definitely injects enough of their own flair to set this song apart, rather than just sound like a bad Queen song. I find the middle section of the album to contain some really great electronics and a very pleasant, building sound throughout, and climaxing well, leading to a few songs that show off some really great electro-pop, along with the occasional bit of rock . I do find both Save Me and Liquid State to be fairly lackluster however, quite possibly at least partially due to the much weaker vocals of Chris Wolstenholme taking away from the usual dramatic nature of the band, making them feel a lot more generic. The album thankfully closes off on an entertaining duo of songs, with Unsustainable taking the dubstep style of certain song on the album, and then making them even more prominent, but doing it in a really interesting way by creating the noises with a guitar, making for a very interesting listening experience, with the following song being a great period of calming down after the onslaught of the previous track.

While I enjoyed the majority of the tracks, I do find the album to have an issue of feeling very disjointed, jumping between styles, but with many of them having the problem of just not sounding like Muse, which causes the album to be a really confused, muddled listen as a whole. Furthermore, despite what I've said about the tasteful use of the electronic moments, I do find quite a few of them to be uninspired. Furthermore, despite the highly experimental approach to the album in terms of how different this is from previous effort, I do find quite a few of the songs, while pleasant, to be nothing more than just standard pop songs. I do appreciate what Muse tried doing, and it works really well in many places, but there are also some which fall somewhat flat. I don't really recommend too much from this album, but I do think it's decently enjoyable overall.

Best songs: Supremacy, Panic Station, The 2nd Law: Isolated System

Weakest songs: Save Me, Liquid State

Verdict: While a very experimental album for Muse, quite a few attempts at experimentation don't go very well, and ultimately feel quite dull. The album ends up being saved by some of the amazing songs, but as a whole, it's patchy and I'd recommend listening to this album a bit later down the line, with their peak 3 albums being much better starting points.

 The Resistance by MUSE album cover Studio Album, 2009
3.26 | 374 ratings

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The Resistance
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Review by Kempokid
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3 stars After hearing many horror stories about the quality of this album and all those following it, I put listening to this one on hold for quite some time, sticking to the 3 previous albums for whenever I wanted to listen to Muse. After a while, once I got around to listening to it, my main thoughts about it were "This is supposed to be their bad material?". While this album admittedly isn't anything much when comparing it to some of their peak material, I do still find quite a bit of it enjoyable. That said, the larger flaws of the album are not lost on me, with the sound becoming more generic, with there being a much bigger pop focus similar to that of U2, and a prog element that for the most part does nothing all that special, leading to an album that doesn't have very much character. I also find that the influences in the album can be quite overbearing at many points, with some songs sounding more or less like parodies of their respective influence.

I believe that another possible reason why this album gets panned by so many is due to how most of the album doesn't live up to the incredible first two tracks, with Uprising having a bouncy, groovy beat and powerful synth work, sometimes sounding like a string orchestra. The title track on the other hand is a much slower, more emotional track with some great atmosphere with the more subtle use of the backing instrumentation, making for an incredibly catchy song that has enough compositional talent to back it up convincingly, especially with the piano work in it. The unfortunate thing is that after these track, the album significantly drops off, with the influences creeping in quite a lot. Undisclosed Desires immediately sounds extremely different, with the veritable wall of sound instead being replaced with an extremely empty sound, with a simple beat and much cleaner sound. There is an extremely strong U2 feel that the song produces, and there is much more focus on the pleasant hooks of the song, as there isn't too much progression to be found. The next two songs are without a doubt the weakest part of the album, not even sounding merely Queen influenced, but instead sounding like embarrassing parodies of them, with United States of Eurasia having an awful build up to the chorus and an even more terrible chorus in itself, while Guiding Light is just unmemorable and dull. The album manages to pick itself up with the great Unnatural Selection, showing off the slightly more prog oriented side of the band, with numerous sections, each with their own great melodies, along with the heavier guitar tone that I really love, MK Ultra sounds more like a less impressive Unnatural Selection than its own song on the other hand. While I really enjoyed the melody and beat in I Belong To You, the thing that stood out most to me was the unexpected, yet great clarinet solo near the end, leading up to the best part of the album, the Exogenesis Symphony suite, which take the symphonic elements present in the album, and then dials it up considerably to create a majestic 3 part song that surpasses everything else Muse did in terms of sheer scope. This song displays Muse at its most powerful, with epic, grandiose hooks and verses everywhere, with the majority of the instrumentation being symphonic, along with containing some of Matt Bellamy's most impressive singing, being able to hit some incredibly high notes. Each movement captures a different feeling so well, yet all work together perfectly as a whole, bringing the album to an extremely satisfying close.

Overall, while the album is really patchy, with some truly bad tracks and a much more commercial sound, I still do believe that this album isn't anywhere close to as bad as most Muse fans tend to say, as there are a fair few tracks which are highly enjoyable, including a couple of highlights from the band's career. I wouldn't really recommend this album to people who aren't fans of Muse or U2, as that's what this album predominantly is, if you're new to the band, listen to their previous albums instead of this.

Best songs: Uprising, I Belong To You, Exogenesis Symphony

Weakest songs: United States of Eurasia, Guiding Light, MK Ultra

Verdict: This album continues on the trajectory from Black Holes and Revelations, with their music becoming more commercial than before, but The Resistance also explores other territory nicely as well, even if it can sometimes have the tendency to sound far too much like other bands. I'd recommend that this album should be listened to after their 3 previous albums, as it's good, but doesn't give a very clear picture of the band as a whole.

 Black Holes And Revelations by MUSE album cover Studio Album, 2006
3.68 | 414 ratings

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Black Holes And Revelations
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Review by Kempokid
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4 stars After refining and smoothing out their general sound in Absolution, Muse loses the majority of its intensity, and instead focuses on many of the pop elements of the band, while also incorporating a few more elements which could be considered more in the vein of prog, with more unique instruments along with some different song structures. The songs in many cases have a sound of majesty to them, but not with the same sort of raw emotion as previously, sounding more epic than before, but also having a certain beauty to them. I find the album as a whole to be a more complete package as opposed to most other albums by the band, with each song contributing to the flow and sound of the album, and while some don't work out quite so well, they still don't feel like the throwaway tracks on Showbiz and Absolution, still having some decent qualities about them.

The album starts off in a very typical Muse fashion, with a cool spacey atmosphere and a gradual build up that reaches great heights. Even here, it's clear that there will be a much greater emphasis on synths and keyboards however, as the guitar takes a backseat when compared to the other instruments, even if it does come in much louder near the end. The next three songs are a group of what are more or less pop songs, each with their own sound, Starlight being a fairly standard alt rock song with a catchy chorus, while Supermassive Black Hole is an awesome dance track. I do like this one quite a lot, balancing out this amazing, danceable beat with the guitars and pounding drums, all with an insanely catchy melody for a while back a couple of years ago, this song in particular really stood out to me, and even now I still love it, my favourite part being the changing of the instrumentation through the various sections of the verse and chorus, then becoming even more amazing once the backing vocals come in, all in all a song that I enjoy immensely. Map of the Problematique is another one of my favourite songs on the album, with the synths giving the song this amazing tone, makes it feel absolutely massive in scope, and the vocals are nothing short of breathtaking.

Past these first 4 marvellous tracks, the album becomes somewhat less exciting for a while, with none of them actually being even close to bad, but none of them reaching similar heights, at least not for quite a while. Both Soldier's Poem and Invincible are fairly decent, but the former doesn't really go anywhere, and the latter, while quite good and one of the moments which the word majestic could be used quite easily, the song just doesn't really strike a chord with me. Assassin starts off with an awesome intro before breaking into an intense rock track, but I still don't find many moments of the song to be quite as enjoyable as the intro. Exo-Politics is the closest thing to a weak point that the album has, with a decent riff, but nothing particularly great in it, at least not to me. The final 3 songs all interest me greatly when analysing them under a prog lens, as they all definitely have a lot of proggy elements to them. City of Delusion has a strong exotic sound to it, with the strings giving it a Middle Eastern feel to it, before the song then breaks out into an awesome trumpet solo with a groovy bassline. Hoodoo continues this tone, but I feel like it didn't have quite enough time to develop into something more than simply enjoyable. That said, Knights of Cydonia makes up for it, in fact, Knights of Cydonia would make up for just about any single mistake of Muse's career, and is an easy pick for my favourite Muse song of all time (other than possibly the Exogenesis Symphony), and is one of the most epic songs I've had the pleasure of listening to at this point in time. Each section of the song simply builds and builds, starting off with powerful guitar chords, erupting into a fast paced riff before eventually bursting out into such a perfect chorus. To make things even greater is the riff that comes after this point, perfectly closing off the album.

Overall, while this album tends to be more consistent than past Muse albums other than Origin of Symmetry, I don't find this quite reaches enough amazing heights for me to be able to justify a 5 star rating, despite the utter perfection of Knights of Cydonia. The more pop focused route taken here is one that I honestly quite enjoy due to the grandiose nature of it making it quite enjoyable and entertaining. I don't really understand why this album tends to get rated quite a bit lower by Muse fans, as I do find this to be amazingly fun while also having a decent amount of complexity to the point where older fans shouldn't be alienated, but newcomers will find a wide range of great, interesting songs, all ending with one of the pinnacles of the band. If you want to be introduced to Muse, start off with this and Origin of Symmetry, as they show the band at its peak.

Best songs: Supermassive Black Hole, Map of the Problematique, City of Delusion, Knights of Cydonia (must listen)

Weakest songs: Soldier's Poem, Exo-Politics

Verdict: While more poppy and synth focused than before, Muse still prove that they have the capability of writing some absolute gems. I find the album quite easy to listen to in general and think that if you want something that's mostly simple, that still shows high musical aptitude, then this album is one I highly recommend. On top of this, I don't really care who you are, I still recommend Knights of Cydonia, it's amazing.

 Absolution by MUSE album cover Studio Album, 2003
3.85 | 442 ratings

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Absolution
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Review by Kempokid
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3 stars After the absolute monster of an album that Origin of Symmetry was, it was clear that Muse would have to do something incredible in order to live up to their material. I personally think that in some respects, they definitely did it, smoothing out the rougher edges present and focusing on a much grander sound, replacing many of the scratchy, abrasive tones with a much more symphonic and synth heavy album, with simply amazing production and sound mixing to go along with it. The songs feel much more powerful and intense in general, and quite a few surpass the majority of the excellent songs on Origin of Symmetry as well. Unfortunately, despite this, the album definitely has a few problems that do drag it down, especially when it comes to the often bland, occasionally straight up bad ballads the album contains, along with there being a severe case of top loading, with the majority of the stand out tracks appearing in the first half.

The album starts off in an incredible way, showing all that Muse have become, with an intense, dissonant piano line as Matt Bellamy belts out his vocals, before layers of harmonisation come in. In general, Apocalypse Please does serve as an excellent album as well for how much darker it sounds, sounding like the soundtrack to the very moment the world is coming to an end. The song progresses with some excellent synths before falling back into the harrowing, intense main portion of the song. 'Time Is Running Out' is a more laid back, mid paced song that builds itself around a simple beat, with most of the appeal coming from the extraordinarily catchy vocal melody combined with nice, subtle changes throughout, with even the climax of the song being remarkably less bombastic than the average Muse affair. The next few tracks on the album are quite a mixed bag, with some being stunning, and others being quite below average. Out of the ballads, I quite enjoy Sing For Absolution for the amazing atmosphere and production, but do find the song to lose quite a lot of its impact due to what I personally find to be an extremely weak chorus that is worse in every way to the bulk of the song. Falling Away With You on the other hand, oh boy, this is in all likelihood my least favourite song from the first 4 or 5 albums of the band, as I find it accomplishes nothing at all, having a shoddy at best melody, and no sort of impact at all in any way other than boring me half to death. On the other hand, two of the better songs by Muse are found here, those being Stockholm Syndrome and Hysteria. These two songs work so perfectly, and while Falling Away With You does break the flow to some extent, these two tracks are such intense powerhouses that it really doesn't affect it as much as you'd first think. Stockholm Syndrome is the band being at some of their heaviest and most intense, with a killer riff, and a constant fast pace that works exceptionally with one of Matt Bellamy's most emotional performances. The way the song proceeds to become even more heavy near the end with a slower, more powerful version of the main riff is also an excellent moment.

Hysteria takes on a different approach, instead of building with layers upon layers of noise, instead just having riffs so perfect that nothing can come close to it. The insane bassline combined with the simple, yet incredibly effective riff, making for one of the best rockers of the band's career, by far. What makes this even more impressive to have such an amazing song is just how simple it is, with a standard pop structure and no big surprises to be found, with the entire song just based around some of the best riffs I've heard. Unfortunately, after this, the album becomes considerably more flawed, starting it off with Blackout, a pleasant, but overall dull song that doesn't do too much for me. In general, even the faster paced songs here more in line with Muse's general sound and pace generally have some issues with them. Butterflies and Hurricanes is in general an extremely good song, reminding me of a more controlled, less frantic Darkshines, mostly with the short piano section before each chorus and transition. Despite this being one of the most promising songs on the album, I do find the piano interlude to be disruptive and to just ruin a lot of the flow and power that the song had, which I find to be a massive shame. The other songs are okay for the most part, with The Small Print a really good, fast song, while Endlessly is a really nice, slower paced song that works extremely well, being absolutely beautiful. The album ends quite weakly, with Thoughts of a Dying Atheist being quite repetitive, and Ruled By Secrecy simply being somewhat unmemorable.

Overall, this album is absolutely genius in parts, but then quite poor in others. The rating for this one was really difficult to figure out, as I was jumping between a 3 and 4 for quite a while, but eventually settled on a 3, as while there are some tracks of pure greatness, most of the stuff past Hysteria is fairly unimpressive, and Falling Away With You is frustratingly poor. That said, the overall darker, more grandiose tone of the album is something I'm definitely a big fan of, and if this album were trimmed down a bit and refined, this would probably be an album I enjoyed even more than Origin Of Symmetry.

Best songs: Apocalypse Please, Stockholm Syndrome, Hysteria

Weakest songs: Falling Away With You, Blackout, Thoughts of A Dying Atheist

Verdict: If you like really bombastic, dramatic music, you'll probably find some enjoyment in this album, as despite some bumps along the way, the album does have some genuinely incredible songs that are just unfortunately balanced out by mediocrity. That said, I do think that if you're looking for something like what has been described, you should check this out at least once, because it's far from bad.

 Origin Of Symmetry by MUSE album cover Studio Album, 2001
3.96 | 400 ratings

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Origin Of Symmetry
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Review by Kempokid
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5 stars 'Origin of Symmetry' sees 'Muse' applying the same sort of angsty, alt/indie rock style full of abrasive tones yet accessible melodies, but sheds a lot of the Radiohead influence along with having a much harder edge to them. Overall, this fixes a lot of the issues that I felt 'Showbiz' had, including having more varied song, a wider range of emotions (although all of them still fall under a similar category, but eh, it's a start) and just better songwriting overall. These changes make this album end up leaps and bounds above 'Showbiz', along with being extremely consistent in its brilliance all the way through.

From the opening moments of 'New Born', it's already clear that this is a far more mature effort, with much tighter interplay between the instruments, along with a much smoother progression. Then the song kicks into high gear with an awesome, scratchy riff that ups the energy of the song tenfold, before returning to the intro melody, now a great deal heavier and powerful, all before climaxing in an incredible chorus. This chorus also displays the much better sense of intensity that the songs bring, slowly building rather than working on the principle of peaks and valleys, making for a much better listening experience for such music. 'Bliss' immediately shows another side of 'Muse' through a song much more along the lines of synth-pop, just with some rock instruments thrown in, but constantly having a very spacey feel to it, overall being a great song. 'Space Dementia' is a definite higher point on the album for me, because of how intense it gets, starting off slow before erupting into pure emotional anguish, and while it does come off a bit over the top, it just works here. The album overall has this really great flow, where you're constantly looking forward to the next track, as each one is a banger in its own right, be it the funky 'Hyper Music', or the perfection of the riff in 'Plug in Baby'. The album's high point is definitely the amazing one-two punch of 'Citizen Erased' and 'Micro Cuts'. 'Citizen Erased' begins with a great, abrasive groove that develops excellently, with everything being filled with such pure intensity and power, building further with the vocals, further improving with the breathtaking chorus. The first 2 and a half minutes of the song are essentially an extended song climax, all before it briefly dies down before coming back just as powerfully as before. This is without a doubt in my mind, one of best songs 'Muse' have written, other than possibly a couple from 'Black Holes and Revelations'.

The transition into 'Micro Cuts' is also amazing, going from the slow, somber ending of 'Citizen Erased' into a faster pace is wonderful. I really like this song, can I understand any of the lyrics at all? No. Do I care? Also no. I just love how much Matt belts out his voice here, reaching extremely high notes with quite a bit of power behind them, even if it does happen to sacrifice his clarity, it just sounds so cool for me to not enjoy. While I originally found the album past this point to start being a bit lacking, after a few listens, I began looking forward to these songs just as much as earlier ones, be it the genuinely great, subtle atmosphere of 'Screenager' or 'Darkshines', with a funky intro and one of the best vocal performances on the album, with Matt sounding amazing when he screams the chorus. I also love the piano freakouts that take place right before each time the chorus comes in. The final two songs are both ballads, 'Feeling Good' being a cover that definitely adds enough of 'Muse's' flair to it to make it their own. 'Megalomania' is also a great song, and this is probably the only 'Muse' album I can think of in which I fully enjoyed the pure ballads present on it.

Overall, I must say that I enjoy every minute of this album, furthermore, almost everything the album has to offer impresses me, with amazing intensity and power. Furthermore, the songs have the perfect mix of accessibility with more complex, abrasive elements, leading to it having an extremely dramatic, yet still enjoyable, and very accessible album. Each song is incredible in its own right, bringing its own ideas, while also all having a habit of worming their way into your head and staying there for ages. This is an album that I definitely would recommend to anyone wanting some extremely dramatic indie rock, and think that it could be enjoyed by quite a lot of people.

Best songs: New Born, Space Dementia, Citizen Erased, Micro Cuts, Darkshines

Weakest songs: none

Verdict: Anyone with any sort of interest in indie rock, check this album out immediately if you haven't already, as this is absolutely amazing. For those who don't, but are open minded, I also highly recommend it. In general, I just highly recommend this masterpiece.

 Showbiz by MUSE album cover Studio Album, 1999
3.10 | 270 ratings

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Showbiz
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Review by Kempokid
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2 stars When comparing it to 'Muse's' later albums, 'Showbiz' is a considerably less intense and powerful effort, despite being so overtly angsty and emotional. A clear sound for the band is already being developed here, with the extremely rough, heavy guitar tone being balanced with elements such as a piano, making for something that has a unique edge to it, despite the songwriting being extremely standard affair for an alt/indie rock band. The performance is nothing short of impressive, with the instrumentation being able to set tone and emotion quite well, and Matt Bellamy already proving that he is a great vocalist, even if his singing can become a bit overbearingly angsty at times. And this is really one of the main places in which the album falls apart for me, the extremely monotonous tone that each song brings, all being overly emotional without actually being impactful, which causes it to be something boring, rather than what adds extra depth to the album.

Despite what I've said, there are some more positive elements to the album, especially in terms of production, being able to easily provide the right amount of power to sections that require it, along with the mixing being nothing short of excellent. The first song, 'Sunburn', demonstrates this perfectly, along with the fact that this album definitely has some songs which are excellent. The piano that runs throughout makes for an excellent point of contrast once the song becomes heavier, with particular focus on a really great, fast bassline, along with a very scratchy sounding guitar solo, all before Matt adds more power to the chorus through his incredible delivery, which allows for fairly mundane progression of songs to still be elevated to impressive levels. 'Muscle Museum', while slightly weaker than 'Sunburn', is another amazing song, with a more subtle progression with a simple, yet highly catchy melody that displays the more pop oriented side that the band always contained. The riffs are also something truly great here, although they can feel somewhat repetitive by the end, with a less passionate, but still great performance by Matt. After this point is where the flaws begin to show, as this is where one can really feel the strong 'Bends' and 'Pablo Honey 'era 'Radiohead' influence, which doesn't work well in many cases, as it leads to a lot of the tracks sounding quite bland, 'Filip' being a prime example of something that feels as if it could fit right in 'Pablo Honey', being downright cheesy in a way that really isn't fun at all, instead coming across as irritating.

Another problem that begins to show here is the relative weakness of the ballads here (although I do find that to be a fairly consistent issue with the band), with both 'Falling Down' and 'Unintended' bringing nothing particularly new to the table and acting more as points of pure boredom on the album, especially since 'Muse' is a band much better at conveying strong, overpowering emotion, rather the more subtle side of things. I'd probably be less fond of the album than I am if it weren't for the second wind it gets in the three tracks in the middle, 'Cave', 'Showbiz' and 'Uno'. 'Cave' is very intense, with some more chaotic instrumentation and the music becoming a wall of sound, with the piano strewn throughout giving the song some amazing depth, along with the other instruments performing amazingly. 'Showbiz' is the one track which I find interesting from a structural standpoint, with the standard verse chorus etc. being ditched in favour of a constantly building power, with the same few lines being repeated, each time sounding more broken and desperate than the last, escalating to truly harrowing levels. 'Uno' is a song that while 'm not quite sure why I enjoy it, I know that I do. I find the chorus to be simple, yet effective, but do admit that it's nothing particularly special. If the album ended right here, my rating would be a fairly easy 3 stars, due to being patchy as well as very samey in its sound, however, this is where the album becomes far worse in my opinion. At this point, the tone and emotions being displayed are becoming tiresome due to the fact that all the songs feel as if they're covering more or less the same topic in a similar way, making any tolerance for mediocrity become much lower. furthermore, these songs are some of the worst on the album, kicking off with 'Sober', having a climax that feels incredibly similar to 'Radiohead's' 'My Iron Lung' to an annoying degree, as this is a far inferior song to that. The rest of the songs here just sound like rehashes of previous songs, or at least close enough to that for me to not care about them and find it hard to remember anything about them even after a number of listens.

While 'Muse' have made a few great albums, this is definitely not one of them, being quite dull and simplistic in many places, along with repetitive and generally unimpressive bar a few tracks (which do happen to stand out incredibly and salvage the album to some degree). There's definitely some potential that can be seen here, but even so, I feel very happy that I started off listening to 'Absolution', rather than this, otherwise my experience with the band would likely have been very different. As it stands, I'm just not a fan of many songs on the album, and the final 4 all being duds in my opinion makes the experience that much less enjoyable. This definitely isn't worthy of 1 star, as there are a number of things which I consider to be executed well, but I also can't really justofy rating this anything higher than a 2 because of how many flaws I feel it has.

Best songs: Sunburn, Cave, Showbiz

Weakest songs: Fillip, Overdue, Sober

Verdict: I'd really recommend that if you are planning on getting into Muse, you start off with Origin of Symmetry or Absolution, as they'll provide a much better picture of what Muse sound like. As this album stands, it's overly angsty with perhaps a bit too much Radiohead influence bleeding through. This combined with a very patchy tracklist causes me to only recommend this album to those who are already fans of the band.

 Simulation Theory by MUSE album cover Studio Album, 2018
2.47 | 29 ratings

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Simulation Theory
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Review by BurizuTheFox

2 stars I am a Muse fan, and I bought the album when it came out. In general words, this is not a bad album for actual standards. People who is not demanding with this band will enjoy it, but I am not that kind of guy.

The first 2 songs are pretty good, but after The Dark Side, the thing starts to go down. Lots of 80 pop taste songs coming from Matt Bellamy, a man who used to create prog-related songs with inspirations of classic music and Radiohead.

In conclusion to this short review, if you want a good easy-lissening album this is for you, but it you want prog rock staff, this is not the disc.

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