Muse - Black Holes And Revelations Album Review

Muse Black Holes And Revelations Album

Review of Black Holes And Revelations Album by Muse

Muse

Black Holes And Revelations

Album Review

Black Holes And Revelations is the new album by Muse. With 2.8 million copies sold of 2003's "Absolution", and a triumphant closing slot at the following year's Glastonbury, Muse ascended to the elite of UK rock music. To many, however, they remain unknown, with the lack of celebrity partners or drunken brawls meaning the Devon trio refrain from being tabloid fodder. "Black Holes And Revelations" is the forth studio album from Matt Bellamy (vocals/guitar), Chris Wolstenholme (bass), and Dom Howard (drums).

So amazing is this record that every track on it deserves to be mentioned. The opening synths of "Take A Bow", which gradually escalate, are the soundtrack to a journey into space. Accompanied by a demonic guitar, the sound is as operatic as Bellamy's singing. Where in the past his lyrics have been accused of being obscure, there is no disguising the political nature of "cast a spell on the country you run… risk all their lives and their souls".

Equally stunning is "Starlight", which begins with a bass that feels like it mow down a forest, and has a chirpy piano piece that makes it almost difficult to believe this is the same band who delivered the vitriol of "Muscle Museum". Lead single "Supermassive Black Hole" is a delightful amalgamation of funk and rock, with Bellamy's falsetto reminiscent of Prince, and we return to the sci-fi soundtrack on the pulsating "Map Of The Problematique".

It's almost with surprise when the gentle acoustic riff of "Soldier's Poem" arrives, the subject of the song easily discernable. The harmonious backing vocals are those of Queen, and are given the platform of an understated rhythm section. Bellamy is in optimistic mood on "Invincible", where whirling organs and synths intertwine over soft militant drums. It soars gracefully, before changing in direction with another fantastic bass line and classic guitar solo, resulting in an epic masterpiece.

Fans who prefer Muse's heavier tracks will take the relentless "Assassin" to their hearts, as Bellamy becomes ever more politically explicit, while "Exo-politics" finds the band picking up the funk again and delivering an anthemic chorus.

Built on a flamenco guitar, sharp strings elevate the roaring "City Of Delusion" as high as the angst-ridden screams that Bellamy produces. They are also evident on "Hoodoo", which begins in sombre tones – a lonesome guitar accompanying the singer. It erupts in breathtaking fashion, before settling once more.

Named after a region of Mars, "Knights Of Cydonia" is another grand operatic affair. Fantastic drumming backdrops a wailing guitar, synths, and horns – and that's only the first two minutes which don't feature vocals. As if a culmination of the previous ten tracks, it is a prog-rock epic that would be the magnum opus of most bands' career.

For this trio, it is another stunning example of why they are one of the most inventive rock groups in modern times. They might not ever be as popular as their peers, but they're music is infinitely more exciting and unrivalled.

Alex Lai




Site - http://www.muse.mu


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>>>muse freak<<<

the new album fookin rocks i dont mind them going all funky and techno cuz if they wana do it they can and no matter how they express their music its awsome anyway!!! matt bellamy has the best lyrics not a load of s**te about nothing every lyric matt has wirtten has a meaning behind it somewhereoverall the new album is 100/10 =D xxx

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Ditszy Dudette

Wow!! What an album!!! Muse just never disappoint,, from Random 1-8 through to Showbiz, Symmetry, Absolution and now this masterpiece. It's been blasting outta my speakers in car and house since i had a copy of it. Who cares if it is slightly over-produced, they pull it off in spectacular style and with so many elements. There's not a bad track on the album and i soooo can't wait to see them performing this new stuff live! If they don't win sh*t-loads of awards for this album then i'll be damned!

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PJeremy

Yes some of the songs sound like queen one of them like Depeche Mode. They say that the greatest flattery is imitation. They also say that when it's done well it's not copying it's an homage. This comes from Cinema Which Knights of Cydonia is homage to Sergio Leone's soundtracks who were composed by the great Ennio Morricone. Yes some of the tracks are overproduced but adequately. Then on the other end some are under produced, all done very adequately to serve the songs. I think muse is a great band that show how much range they really do hold... I love Bands who give Homage. Radiohead for Pixies. Tool for King Crimson

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mitutoyo

Agree what an epic album, I was not a big fan before but no one can touch them at the moment. Best thing Iv'e heard in at least 5 years.

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Ianovich

Ive followed Muse from the beginning, and although I love their work, elements of this album I found disappointing. Severe over production makes you more often than not feel like you are listening to a Queen clone....I just hope that they refer back to their roots, U2 lived off the fat of their early materpieces and have produced nothing but overweight overproduced garbage for years, Muse are far too important to go the same way.

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