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Origin of Symmetry
Origin of Symmetry
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5.0 out of 5 stars Audio Perfection!, 25 May 2005
This review is from: Origin of Symmetry (Audio CD)
My top ten albums of all time would see this cd so close behind Radiohead's 'OK Computer' you'd need an industial saw to separate them. As an ardent campaigner of Muse's individuality, I use the comparison hesitantly, though really, "ingenious, groung-breaking progressive rock" covers both perfectly. I'd like to drop the comparison there, however, so all that follows is independant of our favorite oxford paranoia-junkies.
Firstly, if you haven't grabbed an imaginery guitar and screamed along with Plug in Baby then you haven't heard it. And i pity you. The whole album is of the sort that moves your soul to other dimensions. It is all at once stunningly intelligent, daring, beautiful, and of course, screamingly loud. Most likely you've heard songs from Absolution recently, maybe you even have the album. Well, in my opinion, this is better. It's more individual and creative, while still holding on to Muse's trademark insanely infectious riffs. Don't get me wrong, Absolution is definitely not to be sniffed at. Hysteria's Earth-shattering bass riffs crush anything once considered 'loud' and the transcendant piano interlude of Butterflies and Hurricanes demands instant bliss and spaced-out serenity. I simply prefer the more artistic Origin over the anthemic Absolution.
In short, this album re-writes the genre of prog rock - once dominated by stoned dudes with beards and lots of wacky fx pedals - and manages to create some of the loudest, catchiest cleverest music around while doing so.
Look out for the Deadstar EP (a stunner, though very difficult to find), and Hullaballoo, (a b-side and live track double cd once decribed as God on LSD), though if you're looking to start your Muse collection then look no further than Origin.

Hullabaloo: Soundtrack
Hullabaloo: Soundtrack

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Impressive, 10 Jun. 2004
This review is from: Hullabaloo: Soundtrack (Audio CD)
Muse on top form as ever. The difference is that the songs on CD-1 were written as b-sides, so are absolutely wild. With instrumental tracks and riffs that show up Matt's more creative side very well.
The live CD is very cool too. though it could never depict the sheer force of the trio in concert, it does include some dramatic improvisation, and the tracks 'Dead Star' 'In Your World' and 'Agitated' not featured on any of the other three albums.
All muse fans should have this, if only to see matt in a white suit waving a cane! Yum.

A Crow Left of the Murder... [CD + DVD]
A Crow Left of the Murder... [CD + DVD]
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Price: £4.83

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4.0 out of 5 stars Doesn't quite live up to Morning View, 18 Feb. 2004
Yes this album is impressive, and it definetly developes the band's unique style and sound, but somehow it doesn't quite live up to Morning View. The album only took 4 weeks to record, and it shows. Dont get me wrong, several - in fact most of - the songs are exceptionally musically talented (look out for Sick Sad Little World, Zee Deveel, Agoraphobia, Pistola, and of course the storming single Megalomaniac).
The tracks are all pretty much the same though. Where Morning View, and Make Yourself, both have loud and soft tracks, A Crow... only has loud and soft BITS of tracks, so every song has it's soft intro, then a vicious chorus, then a quiet interlude. It just gets a bit tedious towards the end. The songs are more layered than previous albums - there are no simple guitar tracks like Mexico. There is also no song like Are You In? or Battlestar Scralatctica, which both offer an effective interlude.
Having said that, not everyone agrees, and hardened Incubus fans should get it and decide for themselves.
Guitarists - this album is incredible for fast riffs, and loads of great chords. Bring on the tab book!!!
I think if you don't have any Incubus stuff, start with Morning View. If you like that, Make Yourself and A Crow Left of the Murder.

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